She: Collecting ants. Digging for worms. Riding loops on her balance bike. Reading her first sentences. Fighting with Bernie. Asking for Band-Aids, asking to visit Grandma, asking for a sibling. Wishing for the moon.
He: Planning a renovation project for fun (I cannot relate to this man’s level of energy). Listening to 70’s on high octane. Fixing mantels for friends, building patios for friends, designing humidors for friends. Inventing new potato recipes (Mesquite! Who knew?). Hanging the moon.
Me: Collecting final signatures, references. Making copies. Stuffing envelopes, licking adhesive, sealing paperwork. Searching for a stamp. Scrawling “Adoption Services” on the front. Driving to the post office. Sending it all. A breath, a prayer. Waiting for the moon.
p.s. Thanks for this sweet photo, Ruth!