After my parents split up, my Dad wasn’t all that eager to jump back into the dating pool. For a while, he was content just hanging out with friends and drinking his beer. He had three kids to manage. It wasn’t until a few years after the divorce that I even saw him interested in anyone. A woman named Donna, introduced through a mutual friend of the family. She seemed nice enough, and I noticed my father talking to her more than he usually talked to people.
After one night of visiting, we came home. As I was brushing my teeth, he stood in the doorway of the bathroom.
“What do you think of Donna?” he asked. I shrugged.
“She seems okay.”
“What would you think if I asked her out on a date?”
“I think that would be okay,” I answered earnestly. “Mom has a boyfriend. There’s no reason you shouldn’t go out with people, too.”
Dad nodded and nothing more was said of the subject.
A week or so later, Dad came home late at night, looking annoyed. I asked him what was wrong.
“Have you ever heard of a Lot Lizard?”
I had not.
So, earlier that evening, my father was over at mutual family friend’s house. So was Donna. Donna and Dad were visiting, he asked her out. They made a plan to go out that weekend. At the end of the evening, Donna needs a ride home, Dad offers said ride. Donna accepts.
As they are driving, Donna asks my father to drop her off at a truck stop that they are coming upon, and just leave her there. Dad is confused.
“I need to make some money tonight.” Explains Donna. Dad is still confused.
Upon further questioning, Donna explains that she provides company to lonely truck drivers for a nominal fee.
Dad noped right out of that. The planned date never happened. Dad never spoke to Donna again. He may have been an alcoholic, but even he had standards.
Dad and I had stopped by Mutual Family Friend some time later, and the old bat had the nerve to chastise my father for being stuck up and too good to date Donna.
“Some people have to make money the only way they know how!” She reasoned.
Dad argued that she could wash dishes or something that didn’t involve sucking some guy off. Dad may have had standards, but he still spoke bluntly.
And thus ended my close encounter with having a new Mommy who was a Lot Lizard.