Your aunt, my sister, came into town this week. I confess I was nervous about how you’d respond to her since she’s a sensitive soul, but you’ve taken quite a liking to her. Having her around always opens up some perspective for me given she’s known me for as long as I’ve been alive. We haven’t always had the best or closest relationship growing up, and while we always set out to bridge that gap whenever she stays with me for an extended period, we have never managed to do so.
Our expectations this time around were no different. However, this is the first time we’ve spent time together since you and Kili have become part of my life, and the two of you offer as much perspective as anything ever could. Beyond perspective, child- and puppy-rearing are both lessons in patience, which I’d like to think I’ve learned relatively well so far. Thus, I felt as optimistic as I had ever felt to solve this great mystery in my life.
Your mother was at her lawyer-ly best and moderated the conversation to pick out bits of information from me and my sister, as well as ask poignant questions to get us to think. It took a few sit-downs and some tears along the way, but we got there. I won’t share the specifics or what the conclusion was, but everything just feels right now. There’s a sense of peace in the air surrounding all of us that I have never felt before, and I couldn’t be more excited about moving forward.
The only downside to all this (and leave it to me to always find a downside even for such a happy momentous outcome like this) is your mother and I have lost a talking point. But I’m sure we will find other things to talk about. Namely, you.