Our children are now reaching the age where talks about romance have gone from the theoretical to the practical. We are past the ‘what is most important in a person’ discussion and the ‘what a person does means more than what they say’ conversation.
On paper, we did nearly everything right. We knew each other almost four months before meeting and introducing the kids. Dated for three years, were engaged for another two, and never once considered living together during that time.
In the first year of our blending family, the Queen and I downplayed the ‘blending’ part. But in truth, we began long before the ‘I do.’ We made a commitment early on never to use ‘step kids.’ instead, it would be ‘our kids.’
Language is important. What we say about a thing says as much about us as it does the thing.