The pre-marital bliss didn’t just affect Bill and I; Bailie’s life was going through more changes. Everyone was curious about how she felt about the changes. And instead of treating her life a teen and “getting out of her life”, people, both young and old, were compelled to ask her for her opinions and thoughts. No surprise, she really didn’t want to talk about it – or like being asked. She felt a little on display.
As her parent, I heard her refer to Bill as her step-dad-in-training when other kids felt compelled to ask who was with her mom. That was a good sign! She wasn’t afraid to tell Bill he was in training – and even tried to train him a bit to her way of thinking (or serving her needs). He happily helped (or took over) making her lunch for school (something she has been doing herself for three years). He took over some of her chores (especially unloading the dishwasher making her very happy). He bought more crusty bread to go with dinner. And if they were ever shopping together, she came home with more treats than if she would have went with Papa.
And she kept her smile. And most of the time, continue to joke around. And we even caught her singing sometimes in the shower or in the car. Singing has always been a way to know she is not just content, but happy.