So... you're going to have to hang in there with me on this one as I take a bit of time to get where I am planning on going with this Post. Ready???
It actually started a week or so ago while I was driving to work listening to Pandora. If I am driving alone, I am listening to Pandora. My 'playlist' is extensive. However, some songs will repeat quite often, while others come back around very seldom. One such tune started playing last week and with certain songs (this particular song being one), my mind will just wander off and I'll think about a lot of things related to the lyrics of that song (very important piece of this puzzle).
When Donna and I first met in December of 1998, I had two Son's, Justin and Shane, and Rachel was my Step-Daughter. Donna had a Son, Steven, and two Daughter's, Lauren and Sami. Just the perfect little "Brady Bunch" blueprint. Now, close to 16 years later, that number of 6 kids has exploded in numbers with the addition of Wives, Husbands, Boyfriends, Girlfriends, and Grand-Kids.
Now, it was a little rough at first... you know bringing two families together can be tough on the Kids. Let me just say that change is sometimes difficult. For some, it was harder. Rachel initially had a difficult time. And that's OK. It just took some time. I can remember one Friday night, early on, when Steven was flying in from Los Angeles. Donna, Lauren (and Stephen), Sami, and I were going to drive to the airport to pick him up. As I was about to get in the car, 11 year old Sami looked up at me said, "I thought just our Family was going." OUCH!!!
But as we moved forward, I think things have worked out OK. I think Sami would not object if I rode to the airport today. Well, maybe. Maybe if we rode in two cars. Rachel and her Husband, Brett, were over recently and Rachel cooked for Donna and I... It was amazing. Through the years, there certainly have been "ups and downs" with our kids. Steven and I have had our own 'ups and downs.' Heck, that's just real world stuff that happens. But, everything has worked itself out. Donna says, "We are making a memory." Yep, these days, you could say, we are 'cooking with oil.'
Be safe, be smart, and always show your Smile... Enjoy Happy Friday.
adios... vaya con dios