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SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
A few nights ago we were sitting outside enjoying an outdoor fire when the conversation turned to camping. Cheryl has been dogging her father for years to take her on a backpacking trip where the two of them hike into the woods, pitch a tent and fish for dinner. Apparently this is something Eva has longed to do as well, so the two of them cornered Paul and made him promise to take them. They also made me promise that I would not go since they know I don’t enjoy camping and would whine and complain the whole time and they are right about that.
Once it was agreed and a date was set for a weekend in July, Cheryl and Eva got busy planning their trip. They pulled out all of our camping books to decide on a destination and made notes and lists in a designated “camping notebook”. The supplies included two tents: one for them and one for Paul, just in case he snores (or eats too many beans, if you know what I mean.) It was a joy to watch their excitement. And a delight for me to know that my daughter Eva would beg her stepfather to take her somewhere and feel comfortable and safe with him.
Later I told Paul, “These girls are so excited you’d think you had given them the moon. You’ve given them something to live for.”Published on April 22, 2011 · Filed under: BLENDED FAMILIES, BLENDED FAMILY TRADITIONS, CELEBRATIONS, LIFE WITH TEENAGERS, PARENTING, Remarriage, STEPPARENTING, THE TIES THAT BOND A FAMILY; Tagged as: BLENDED FAMILIES, BLENDED FAMILY VACATIONS, LIFE WITH TEENAGERS, PARENTING, remarriage, STEP CHILDREN, step siblings, TRIPS