Okay, so when Jim and i were first married, we said, just like that commercial, “We’re never having kids”. Besides, I justified in my mind, I had three of the best ‘kids” who were more than rent-a-kids, they were my best friend’s (my brother) three children. Two girls and a boy. Perfect, I thought. I could rent them when I needed that special moment and donate them back to their parental units when I had enough. These kids were MY kids, I was pretty sure. We did Halloween trick or treating together for YEARS until they were too cool to go. Christmas was a blast and in order not to MISS any moments, we occasionally showed up, without brushing our teeth practically, in PJ’s so as not to miss their giggles. (One year we ran out of gas and the State Cop was pretty amused when he brought the gas to us). There were birthday parties and more. I had a blast with my rent-a-kids and more. Then, after we had our two kids, all five were fighting and playing along side each other like siblings. Naturally too, we used my brother’s 3 kids as our models in our photos in Child Magazine and Martha Stewart and more… last year I boo-whoooooed all the way down the aisle with Jessica quite sure that Alan would be the perfect husband for my “first” born. Now, Thomas is about to do the same with one of the greatest gals Bridget, and from Jersey too! Perfect.
In just a few weeks, this guy is getting married. Thomas. Sigh. One of the greatest “big brothers” ever known to my two. I love you.