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A Visitation from California, Part 2

Published July 28, 2015 12:15 PM by Devon Alley

(This is part 2 of a 2-part series.)

Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and A. 

M. not only brought A. a rose, but he also brought a unique, hard-to-find plush that depicted her favorite Pokémon character. As we drove them around on their adventures, they shared ear buds and watched videos and cartoons on their phones and his iPad. Courage the Cowardly Dog seemed to be a common theme. They Skyped other Internet friends together. When we were home, they would play Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Doctor Luigi for hours. Their interests could not have been more in sync.

Even though they shared a lot of similarities, they also had a lot of differences. M. is a bit of a collector - he brought an entire suitcase full of plush toys to play with while he was visiting, and that is apparently just a small percentage of what he owns. A., on the other hand, tends to get rid of things as she loses interest in them. A. also doesn't care much for keeping things in "collector" shape. For example, one of the most thoughtful gifts M. got for A. was a personalized Coca-Cola bottle with her name on it shipped directly to the house, and he was baffled when her first action was to open the bottle and drink the cola. 

They were both very affectionate with each other for the entire visit, but they were also very vocal about when they needed space for a few minutes to regroup. They were mindful of each other's needs. It was sweet to watch the two of them navigate the complicated social landscape of romantic interaction, and it was also amazing just how well they were able to do so.

It definitely isn't your typical high school romance, but I could not have imagined a better match, and I could not have wished for a better first boyfriend for my eldest daughter. I'm so very grateful they found each other, and that they had the opportunity to spend such a wonderful week together.

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