“But in the real world, you couldn’t really just split a family down the middle, mom on one side, dad the other, with the child equally divided between. It was like when you ripped a piece of paper into two: no matter how you tried, the seams never fit exactly right again. It was what you couldn’t see, those tiniest of pieces, that were lost in the severing, and their absence kept everything from being complete.” Sarah Dessen
I have noticed that kids around the world are all the same. They might eat different foods or attend a village school in the rainforest but they share universal commonalities. They all need to have their basic needs met and feel safe, secure and loved.
A little girl came over to my dog Banksy at the hairdresser. She wanted to pet him. I said that he was kind of nervous because we had just moved to a new place and dogs don’t understand moving, She asked where we had moved to. I said to Venice/ Marina Del Rey.
“My dad used to live in Marina Del Rey but now he lives in the valley. My dad doesn’t live with me anymore. I am from a divorce now. I live with my mom near here in a new house,“she replied.
“Since you are in a new house, maybe you could help Banksy. Do you have any ideas how to make him more comfortable in his new home?“
She asked if Banksy was from a divorce? I said “No, it was just me and Banksy.”
”It is just me and my mom now,”she answered. Amelia told Banksy not to be sad because everyone will still love him the same even if he has a new stepmom who is going to have a baby. “My new stepmother is Filipino so we don’t know what the baby will look like because my dad is Jewish. But the baby won’t look like me and no one will know that she is my sister.”
“You will know and she will know and that is all that counts.” I said.
“She isn’t really going to be my sister. She will be my half-sister because we don’t have the same mother.”
”To her, you will be her big sister and a very important person in her life when she gets a bit older.“ I said.
She smiled and said “Yes, but the valley is very far away. Banksy, even though you are scared now, your new home will be great. You won’t have to miss things when it is your weekend with your mom or your weekend with your dad.” Amelia is seven.