I worked that day – it was a Thursday. It was also my 35th birthday. I was useless at work as I couldn’t think of much other than the meeting. I was excited and scared to death. What if they hated me. What would they have been told?
I arrived at a McDonald’s near their day care about 20 minutes early. Elise and the kids were about 20 minutes late. I saw Mickey and Minnie through the windows of a blue VW jetta. My heart was pounding. They walked in and I had a lump in my throat. We ordered Happy meals and headed to the playground.
Minnie was shy and reserved. Mickey was curious and asked me a ton of questions. Minnie went and played on the playground with some other children. Mickey played for a minute or so at a time and then would come back to the table.
I was able to ask both kids questions – favorite colors and things I wanted to know in order to customize their rooms. I snapped a few photos and we said our goodbyes. We were there about an hour. Mickey had held my hand. Minnie gave me a hug. I would take those photos, still on the camera straight from McDonald’s to my birthday dinner with my parents and describe their newest grandchildren. We were all beyond excited.