Yesterday I went to a court-ordered co-parenting class with my soon-to-be ex-husband. And lest you suspect otherwise, it was actually quite pleasant. Like taking a nice warm bath. With a blow-dryer.
For those of you unfamiliar with divorce in the state of Idaho (May you always stay that way, amen.) all couples with children who are getting divorced are required to attend this co-parenting class. Not only that but you are scheduled to take this class together. So imagine, if you will, a room full of divorcing couples. And not just a room, but a courtroom full of divorcing couples (because apparently, the classroom they use for traffic school is unavailable). Needless to say there was nary a warm-fuzzy in that place.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with registration because you must first stand in line to pay for this court-ordered co-parenting class. That’s when amidst the giggles issuing forth from the conversation behind us I heard the most unusual pickup line ever:
“Is this your first time taking this class?”
The couple was obviously not familiar enough with one another to be getting divorced. The only alternative was they were flirting in the registration line. I have just one thing to say about that: Ew.
Okay, back to the class. Let me just say if that class had a prom, the ex and I would have been voted King and Queen. Not because we were the most attractive couple in the room, but we seemed to get along the best. We sat together and everything. I know; we’re fabulous. But honestly, how tough could the competition be? At break there was an argument between a couple because one had opted to sit apart from the other. After which one soon-to-be ex-spouse gave a passionate monologue about the ridiculous nature of a co-parenting class in which the couples are required to attend together.
Can’t we just all get along?
So you can see, it wasn’t that bad. Add to that the video where Carl Malone gave parenting advice and you have an evening totally worth the $35 registration fee. That and the ex and I are feeling pretty good about ourselves right now.
All things considered, does that mean we passed?