Didn't we have a thread on Lisa and Watson's custody arrangement? I was looking for it after reading the very first LS last night (Karen's Witch) and just wanted to see if there was any discussion of earlier years. I forgot to say in my post on Karen's Ghost the other day that I think that was the only book Karen told us that Lisa and Watson divorced when she was still in preschool. So if Karen was 4 and Andrew 2, maybe there were 2+ years in between that time and when both of their parents remarried. Makes me wish Andrew and Karen and really all the Thomas kids, too, had more of a say and role in Elizabeth and Watson's marriage. I don't think until the end Andrew and Karen ever met Charlie, Sam, and certainly not Kristy or even David Michael. If there was a 2 year space it would also make me more upset at how awful all the adults were to Karen in "Karen's Birthday." I realize their re-marriages might have been "new" then but the divorce wasn't and most importantly, Andrew and Karen should always come first anyway. Just something to think about as we know any type of time in Stoneybrook can be a challenge to figure out! ETA: I found the custody thread. It was in the "Yesterday's News" section. babysittersclub.proboards.com/thread/4520/custody-agreement
I always thought a month at each house was a really long time to be away from the parent that they weren't living with. It rarely mentioned Karen and Andrew even talking on the phone with the one they weren't with at the time. The old arrangement was typical, I thought. Unfortunately the dad usually gets the short end of the stick in custody arrangements.
I agree, I thought the arrangement was odd. But I knew a couple that would do it every other day, which was so bad for the kids. They eventually had to change it.
I didn't like the original arrangement, at all. But I didn't like their one month on, one month off arrangement either. I just didn't get why they couldn't do every other week. Seems like it'd be fair to both Lisa and Watson.
I actually didn't like Lisa much in this book. I get wanting to see her kids a lot, but Karen was so unhappy. Then she was willing to get Karen a puppy vs. letting her have more time with her dad. She just came across as very selfish and not thinking about the best interest of her kids.
Post by LadyDruscilla on May 5, 2020 8:52:21 GMT -5
I finally got this book and read it. I've wanted to for years. I could relate to the moment she cried because she had to leave..I am the same way when wishing I got to have some more time with a new friend I enjoyed getting to know. Also relate to her feeling like her voice had no power and wanted to hug her then. I agree that Lisa was selfish and I especially like that Pamela was actually not a jerk about Karen's problem.
^ Pamela not being a jerk was a pleasant surprise.
Lisa was just rotten though. It was Like she was saying “I’ll let you get a dog as long as you agree to stay with me more.” That hardly seems fair to Watson. The new arrangement was okay but they lived close enough for a biweekly trip. I don’t know why that isn’t a solution.