Butterfly and I sure can dance in sync. Cam should have kept up with us.
“Mom, am I ugly?” Firefly asked after she looked in the mirror.
‘No, of course not,” I said. “Ugly is a mean, rude thing to say about anyone. No one is ugly. Beauty is in the eye of a person. You’re just as much a person as anyone else.”
She didn’t look entirely convinced.
Dragonfly seemed worried as she transitioned. I hoped she wasn’t going to have the same body issues.
She appeared fine with her appearance. I was surprised she chose to wear her hair like Firefly’s. I thought she was the nonconformist of the triplets.
Butterfly was in the kid room when the sparkles caught up to her. I didn’t know if she was hiding from changing or if she forgot that it was her birthday too.
The three of them look so much alike, despite having such different colorings.
Then it was time to get the twins older too. At least Scarab was happy about growing, unlike his sisters. No doubt he was looking forward to being able to use the potty himself.
He does resemble the monkey strongly. Oh yeah, he also looks a lot like Liam.
No, Serpent didn’t hop out of the high chair, though with that bunny tail he looked as if he was ready to.
They really are twins, when you look at them. They may be colored differently, and Serpent may have a bigger nose than Scarab, but you wouldn’t mistake them for half-brothers.
“Hey, Ellie,” Cam said after their birthdays. “Look what I found in your dresser drawer.
It was my wedding ring. Feeling it there on my finger again made me feel both guilty and happy, since we’d just aged up the kids I’d cheated to get. But at the same time, I couldn’t help but be glad that Cam had found it for me. I needed to be reminded that I was a wife, and a grandmother, and a mother. I shouldn’t be running off whenever I get upset – it’ll only lead to heartbreak.
I need Cameron Sky, even if I don’t always act it.
“Thank you,” I said. “Thank you for taking me back.”
“I never left you,” he said.
In therapy that night, I started painting a picture of Cam.