|Our kids and our kids' kids. Top Row: |
Laura, Kevin, Susan and Leslie.
Will, Johnny B. and Meredith
“You don’t understand,” he said. “I want you to have another baby with me. I want our son to have a brother or sister. All you have to do is have the baby. I’ll take over from there.”
|Michael's mother got to be a Grandmother and she loved the job! Here she is with Meredith, Laura and Susan|
|Kevin caught this fish on a Key West party boat.|
I do have three great step-daughters. They were grown by the time I met my husband. They are lovely and accomplished. Michael’s first wife did the heavy lifting say, when describing our mixed family.
|Kevin Springbreaking in Key West|
|Leslie and Uncle Miguel|
“I love kids,” Miguel says. “I always thought I’d have kids. But it’s such a huge responsibility!”
|Brothers Johnny B. and Will|
Miguel teaches elementary school. He loves his students. He loves playing in his band at night. He loves his life, as it is. Where would kids fit in?
Many of my closest girlfriends do not have children. They lavish their love on step-kids, nieces and nephews instead. That seems to work out well. Those girls travel a lot. They do not have mortgages or stretch marks. Somehow, in spite of not being mothers, they always have things to do, places to go, people to meet, stuff to talk about.
|The Descendants. Grandson Kevin, his mom Susan, with Granddaddy Michael.|
|Chess Champ Will, 8, and John, 5, playing the state capital game with Granddaddy Michael. The boys won.|
|Granddaughter Leslie: Homecoming Queen.|
|Uncle Miguel teaches his niece and nephew|
the finer points of shooting craps.
|Miguel on drums; Tony Olivero on guitar; making music for the Montessori Charter School students|
And, in one stark instant of divine clarity, I got it. He was right. For that matter, who says everybody must have babies? I’ve decided that having step-grands is way good enough. And so, here they are: my truly amazing grandkids.