I recently started reading Mom & Me & Mom, one of the last books written by the late, great Maya Angelou. I’ve been a fan of her writing ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as a preteen. So much so that I named my daughter after her.
Family is important for so many reasons. My fiancé comes from a large, extremely close family. They are there for each other when times are good and when they're not so good. They make it a point to celebrate holidays and milestones. If I'm honest, I was a little envious because I wanted that for my family.
In the intervening years, I had glimpses of the kind of parent Tim would be. During any gathering where kids were present, at some point I would look around to find them draped on Tim. More than once, the arrangement was a kid around his shoulders and one clinging to each leg.