I called the Stepmom back and I was right about the reason for her call. She wanted to invite Ethan to his brother’s party on Saturday. Unfortunately, I had to decline because we already have plans. We are spending the weekend with Evan. I thanked her for thinking to include him. She said she understood.
I’m sure Eliza knew in advance about the party (she knows all the goings on of their household)–this would explain her niceness at the last visit. She probably figured that if she sweetened me up, we would allow Ethan to attend the party. As she does with everything, she found a way to make the invite about her. It had nothing to do with her being sweet or sour towards me. Had we been given enough notice, it would have been no problem.
I wonder why the Stepmom only gave us a two day notice–if they really wanted him to come? Did they have to debate on whether or not to invite him? I got the feeling that they were anticipating him not being able to attend. I’m sure that Eliza had already “told them so.”
She did not mention anything about getting the boys together at a later date either. I was hoping that she did because getting them together shouldn’t just be a one-time thing. The whole thing was just strange. But at least the communication was drama-free.