This is the three of us, heading into our 21st year together. Openess has worked and been the best thing for our relationship in the adoption. I can't imagine not being able to turn to this other mother to share in the joys, sorrows and worries of my child. She is such a part of who Mallory is and my parenting. She gets things that often even Bert doesn't. She gets this kid because she knows her from deep down inside.
We all got together last night with Mallory's boyfriend, Noelle's family and Mallory's paternal grandma. It was a great, joyous visit. One we don't get very often because of the many miles between all of us. I'm so grateful to have Mallory surrounded by all this love.
Don't be scared of openess. It can be complicated sometimes, but sometimes it's as easy as pie. Last night was one of those nights. We were every bit as happy as we look.