I adopted my little MeeshaMeesh this morning!
At my lawyers suggestion, I dressed like a school marm in a soccer mom sweater vest with hideous red cardinals embroidered on it. We were both so overwhelmed with gratitude that this day was finally here! Even the judge was smiling kinda silly at us, and as we walked out of the courtroom, I saw some ladies dabbing their eyes. Little Meesha is still dancing around.
The lawyer was some random guy daddy_stone met on the plane from Dallas what seems like a million years ago. He did most of adoption proceedings pro bono, although I had to pay extra to fight the estranged uncle who filed for custody and held this up. The good thing that came out of that scare was Meesha found her voice.
To celebrate, we went to see King Tut’s treasures at the Dallas Museum of Art, and then had a picnic in Turtle Creek amongst all the exquisite fall colors.
From where we sat eating, I could see the rock next to the creek where me and Chris sat a dozen years ago, nearly breaking up even as we were just beginning. We had only been dating a short time when I realized she invented an alternate online persona and was playing me in some bullshit drama. I was very much in love with the young girl who would one day be my wife, even if she had just broken my heart with deceit. I decided to forgive her that day as we were sitting on the rock next to Turtle Creek. The rest is history, and some parts are actually true. I can’t forgive Chris for the treachery of our parting, but I am again putting the deceit behind me. I’m not even afraid of her pending lawsuit because there is nothing left for her to take! As I sat there all reflective in that same spot today, I realized how different I am now, silver-haired and all. In strength and in tenderness.
Glanced up at my little MeeshMeesh, who was just beaming in her best outfit, so happy that I am her’s and she is mine. I came to save this little orphaned angel who fell from the heavens, but then my life unraveled to bone. Sharing your life with a child makes time tick in a way so much more aligned. I realized our good news today reversed any heartbreak that was 2008. We saved each other. A shared genesis.
And now we are a family at last. 🙂