Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Cherubs

Years ago, I let a wonderful woman slip through my fingers. I've known Heather since 1993, when we were in high school together. I took her to her senior prom... and then by happenstance, we drifted apart. In my absence, she married another and had two little girls. We had remained friends throughout, and when her marriage ended, we picked up where we had left off 9 years previously. I consider myself an incredibly lucky man to have this woman back in my arms, and even more so that I have her little girls in my life.

I never knew I wanted to be a father, until I became one. These two girls, Lakin and Addah, are funny, silly, and every other word that can be used to describe "whimsical". They are little fairies without the wings. They make me smile, they make me laugh, and every now and then they make me cry. Having never had children of my own, being their stepfather is one of the greatest honors I could ever have hoped for.

It's been a crazy two years. I've gone from lazy single bachelor, who spent my free time drinking and playing X-Box, to responsible father figure and would-be husband. Things aren't always easy. Both Heather and Lakin have been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder and Generalized Anxiety. I was diagnosed many years ago with Major Depression and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). A streak of  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) runs through Addah as well. In short, it's a madhouse at times, but we have a lot of love and share a lot of hugs, and we've all learned a lot of patience.

Lakin recently tried out for chorus, something her mother and I never expected her to do. She has a beautiful voice but with her anxiety issues, I was surprised that she would be willing to get up in front of her class and audition. She came home today to tell us that she was chosen for 4th and 5th grade chorus, and was very excited, but not in the manic kind of way we have come to expect. It was refreshing and gives us hope, especially after a particularly trying summer. It's amazing to see flowers bloom like this.

These two girls are my cherubs, my sweethearts, and I wouldn't trade them for the world... I'm so fortunate to have them, as well as my darling Heather, in my life.


  1. I love you so much David! These kids are so lucky to have you as their stepfather, and I am so lucky to have you for my best friend and love. <3

  2. I love you, too! Without you none of this could have happened for me. So much love, so little words to describe how I feel. Love just doesn't voice the thought properly. I more than love you... I wish I could invent a word. But that would be silly. Then again so are we. I looberglub you!


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