I thought 2 things
- I need to designate an online custodian of all of my stuff
- Why wait for a good time...I don't even plan my kids why in the hell would I plan a freaking blog post.
The original terrorist and the most beautiful disaster.
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First I want to tell you that you scared the the holyfuckingbatshit out of me!
Here I was just starting a relationship with D and not only does he have a teen stepson the kid is a fucking NIGHTMARE!!! (Yeah, I remember your mom and D driving around at all hours of the night.) On top of that he's a teen...who can speak and choose to hate me. UGH!
Oooh...and then I got the stories....all of the shit you had done in the past. Jesus dude....just jesus.
So I had this opinion formed of you from the get-go. I was pretty certain we wouldn't be that close if at all. You'd be some dick head young adult that didn't like me and I wouldn't like you. I figured that we'd spend the next years chasing you around and dealing with your shit....if you chose to be a part of our life at all. I wasn't even sure I wanted you around my daughter or Jaxon at first. I knew you'd be a constant link to your batshit crazy mother who despised me on a good day (I adore her now...but we're talking then)
It was tentative at first. You met up with D and met the kids, but I wasn't included. I wanted to be a real bitch and tell Derek and you to both fuck off. That wasn't the deal you see. You didn't get to have a relationship with MY husband and MY kids but not include me. Then I remembered a few things. You had him first...my husband that is. You drove him crazy and you two didn't get along, but he was yours first. I also remember being that kid. The one who lived through the divorce of my parents when I was little and then the divorce of my mom and step dad when I was a young adult. I still remember what that feels like - your whole life being flipped upside down, ripped open, re-arranged and not having any say in any part of it. It was maddening because while it might not have been a perfect life it was mine and I was comfortable there. I remember the new girlfriends and spouses. I especially remember the really shitty one. The one who didn't like me and made my step-dad choose. When he didn't choose me I was heartbroken and angry. Angry was an understatement. Even worse I felt vulnerable, because I understood clearly after that that our relationship wasn't the same as my mom. He didn't just HAVE to love me - either of us could walk away without reason. I thought about that a lot in terms of you and my own daughter. I never wanted her to feel that way. That she was just an expendable relationship to Derek - that he could walk away. I never wanted you to feel that way either.
So on your birthday (along with cash of course) I want you to know some things. Things that might seem trivial now (cause at 22 and broke - $200 is way better than all the warm fuzzies in the world. It's cool I know this...I was 22 and broke once too)
Most importantly you will NEVER be replaceable. You are not an option or a relationship that I could ever walk away from. You are NO different to me than any of my other 3 (you can buy booze and you don't shit your pants anymore so you actually have a leg up...but don't tell them that) There is nothing on this planet that you could do or say to change this. If Derek dies tomorrow and I am left with no "real" connection to you I will still be your bonus mom. I will hunt you down and check up on you and take care of you and tell you you're being a dumb-ass when you are.
Secondly, I was correct....you are a disaster. But like I said earlier you are a beautiful disaster. Every bad choice, and shitty plan and failed attempt has made you who you are. It's made you humble and funny and gracious and loving. No matter where you go or what you do don't ever lose those qualities. You have the ability to laugh at yourself - don't ever lose that either. Life is a mother fucker. It never gets easy the bills never go away. The struggles change but generally they just get more expensive.
You will make some hideous decisions in life. You will embarrass yourself and probably us too in the process. Don't ever let that stop you from moving forward. I promise to tell you when you are being a moron and give you unsolicited advice even though I know you'll only take abut 2% of it. I also promise that none of that will ever change our love for you. We will always be your home, the place you can come to if you need to get away or if you have no where else to go or if you just want family time. You don't need to make an appointment or call. If we're not home sit your ass down in your living room and wait...you ARE a part of this family. This isn't limited by the amount of screw ups or how often we see you or what order we see you on for Christmas. This just is.
You remind me so much of myself growing up. Especially the whole tendency to take the most difficult path even though the easy one has been laid out 900 times by one of your parents...it's cool...been there and I'm still pretty much like that. It's ok to take our advice, but I get it when you don't.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of our family. I know you could have walked away. Thanks for taking that chance knowing I could have been a horrible bitch to deal with. Thanks giving me someone to relive "the crazy days" with and for giving me a kid that I can hang out with and talk to and not have to monitor homework or bodily functions. Thanks for getting my skewed sense of humor and not getting offended when I call you a dumb ass or laugh at your most recent debacle.
Lastly, I have one request for you.
You are the oldest of our kids and the one who remembers it from the beginning. If anything ever happens to us it will be up to you to keep the little guys together and to keep our memories and stories alive, but most importantly when we are old and senile you will be in charge of setting up our nursing home. Make sure all of those little bastards chip in because I don't wanna be holed up in Good Sam. in freaking Greeley. I expect Boca or somewhere on the coast. If you fuck this up I WILL haunt you....just saying.
Happy Birthday to my Biggest Terrorist ! May you continue to grow and get better with age (and get more haircuts) but never change who you are on the inside. That's already perfect.
I love you all the skittles in the world!