Once upon a time, you were sleeping with former North Carolina senator and presidential candidate John Edwards. Apparently, you'd met him while producing his "One America" pre-presidential campaign films, for which you received $100,000.
Edwards admitted that he'd had an affair, but also insisted that he wasn't the father. (How often have we heard that one?)
In the meantime, you did not follow through with DNA testing on your daughter.
The show was publicizing her book, Resilience, due out next week, during which Elizabeth Edwards called your life "pathetic." She made John look like an innocent victim -- while you came across as a racy, super-aggressive girl who left poor John no choice.
"I've seen a picture of the baby," she said. "I have no idea. It doesn't look like my children, but I don't have any idea."
Clearly, the fact that she called your daughter "it" has fired you up. According to various reports, you are now getting a paternity test for your baby. Way to be proactive.
What I can't help but wonder, however, Rielle, is this: Why didn't you have a paternity test earlier? Weren't you dying to know who the father was?
So, here's my advice:
Go and get the test. In the meantime, focus on your daughter -- and on yourself. Surround yourself with family and friends.
If Edwards is the father, you'll have many decisions to make: Will you push to get child support? Do you want John in Frances's life? Will you leave the door open for Frances to know her father someday?
And if John is NOT the father?... Well, that will be interesting, won't it?
|Rachel Sarah, a.k.a. "Single Mom Seeking" blogs at SingleMomSeeking.com and co-founded SingleMommyHood.com, the first-ever website to offer "a whole new way to think about life."|