My “girlfriend” status in Matt’s life has been a major point of contention with my beloved dad Hyatt Cromartie, for the past five years. He doesn’t believe dating is a ritual that should continue for six years. Not for a person of any age, let alone a 40-year-old, single black female. He’s labeled my relationship with Matt as—among other things—“utterly ridiculous” and “perpetually preposterous”. But then my dad would. He and my mother dated just three months before getting married. And they remained married for 35-years until my mother’s death five years ago. Something my dad continually reminds me of whenever my current relationship becomes the topic of conversation.
Don’t get me wrong. Dad doesn’t dislike Matt or anything. To the contrary. He thinks Matt’s a great guy. He faults me. Says I’ve allowed my boyfriend to get too comfortable. What my dad always seems to conveniently forget, however, is that before my 30th birthday, I’d already been married and divorced.
Will therapy save Chaney and Matt’s relationship? You’ll have to read Commitment Therapy by Daamon Speller to find out. Download on your Kindle now!