Chapter 2.26

Everyone is growing like weeds these days.

Aside from Lanya’s green eyes, Luka is the spittin’ image of my brother.  He has a heart of gold despite his rough and tumble appearance.

Speaking of Lanya, she had an announcement in the fall…

A BIG announcement.

We welcomed Louis Basil…

And Lotus Lynette right before Snowflake Day.

Needless to say, Lanya and Oliver moved into a nice four bedroom house near the middle of town.

Meanwhile, our house is falling apart.

It’s great that everything in the house chose now as the perfect time to fall apart because I am hosting our annual Snowflake Day party in two days.

So after fixing the sink AND dishwasher in the kitchen, I set to work on the sink in bathroom.  Then I fixed the shower in the girls’ bathroom.  Did I mention the toilet broke, too?

After I finally got everything repaired I set about putting up the party decorations.  AND THEN my phone rang.  Needless to say I was horribly behind on my chores and not the best of moods.

“HELLO?  What do you want?”

“Uh…Mollie?  It’s Nanette.”

Oh great, I just was a bitch to our social worker.  Now she’ll really want to help us adopt.

“I’m sorry, Nanette.  It’s been one of those mornings where everything goes wrong.”

“Well, let me make it better.  You’ve been selected!”

“Selected for what, Nanette?  What are you talking about?”

“Mollie, you’ve been chosen by a young woman to be the adoptive family of her toddler son.”

“Oh my God, Nanette I’ve got to go.  We have so much to do!”

“Ok well get it done before tomorrow.  Oh, and Mollie, his name is Adam.”

We told the girls the good news that night at dinner.

“Girls, your father and I were chosen to be the adoptive parents of a little boy named Adam.”

Olivia was totally ok with this plan.  In between bites she conveyed her excitement about her new baby brother.

“Oh, that’s great, guys.  Congrats.  Can I go driving with Uncle Oliver tonight?  He promised to teach me.”

Penny on the other hand was not pleased.  She knew this was coming but it didn’t make it any easier for her.

She jumped up from the table and left without saying a word.

I knew she needed time and I found her outside later that night.

“Penny, you knew your dad and I were going to adopt if we couldn’t have our own child.”

“I know that, Mom.  I know it’s silly to think you will love me any less…but why aren’t Liv and I good enough?”

“Oh, honey, that has nothing to do with it.  Your father and I will always love you girls.  We are so proud of you…well less proud than usual with your antics these days but proud nonetheless.  We just feel like our family is complete yet.  I know it’s difficult to understand.  But, Penny, we’ve wanted this since you and Liv were toddlers.”

“Mom, that’s like…15 years.  I didn’t know…I’m so sorry, Mom.  I’m so sorry you were so sad for so long.”

“Just gimme a hug and try to be happy for your father and I.  And for God’s sake please try to be better about following the rules!”

 

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