I talked to his mom a few days after my birthday and we avoided the subject of my ex almost entirely, though she did say she had mentioned to him that she had wished me a happy birthday. She said he seemed a little weird about it, which I suppose is fair and normal. I respect him for not getting angry or demanding that we cease contact, I respect his mom for, well, not really caring whether it bugs him, and I am doing my best to respect the relationship(s) in general, by not making him a topic of conversation when we do speak. Of course, if I actually did want to discuss my ex with his mom—and aside from a burning curiosity about whether he has introduced his parents to the aforementioned coworker, I really don't—that would be a sign that the friendship between us wasn't the healthiest thing for me, as I take the final steps in moving on with my life.
Written by Amelia McDonnell-Parry for The Frisky