Hijo's dad hasn't been doing so well. The poor economy has affected him a lot more deeply than anyone else I know, which is not surprising given that he is an uneducated brown man who, although a citizen, still speaks English with a heavy accent and has a penchant for crazy ideas.
He's been sketchily employed for the last few years, getting hired for temp jobs or as a contract worker if he's lucky, but then getting laid off. For awhile he attended a local community college, seemed to be gaining some good skills, but he dropped out before he completed the program, his benefits had run out.
As far as I know right now, he has a job, but no permanent home. Hijo has seen him less this summer than at any time in his life.
Like most parents I make many sacrifices, big and small, for the sake of my son. But just how far is one expected to go?
What, exactly, do I owe Hijo's dad?
We planned, conspired, plotted, and jumped through hoops to get him a visa, and then when it expired, he stayed in the States with me. We decided to get married so that he could get legal.
To be continued...