It's Friday evening and Elaina is caring for Erwyn after school until Ember gets home. They are watching an animated movie.
Erwyn: I like her too. She takes care of her babies.
In walks Ember who has just arrived.
Elaina: Hi. We're watching this Rugrats in Paris movie. It's cute.
Erwyn: It's the end of the movie. You missed it, Mommy.
Ember: I like that movie too. I'm sorry I missed it. Is homework done?
Erwyn: No homework today. It's Friday.
Ember: That's right. So, Elaina, are you staying for dinner?
Elaina: I'd love to, but I'm going to a movie with my mother this evening. I need to grab my shoes and stuff and get going. We'll probably grab something to eat.
Ember: Okay. Let me walk you out and drop some things in my office. Erwyn, I'll be right back.
After Elaina gathers her things, Ember walks her to the door, pays her and then heads to her office to place some materials and her laptop bag there. Then she joins Erwyn in the living room.
Erwyn: Yes, I did. We played some games, but they were about stuff we learned this week. It was fun.
Ember: Good. Fun and educational. (pausing) So, Erwyn, before I make dinner, I wanted to talk to you about something. I'm going to explain this the best way I can, okay?
Ember: You know sometimes when a mom or dad loses their husband or wife, it could take a while, but one day they may want to look at possibly being with another person. They may want to date again because even though they loved their husband or wife, they can love another new person too.
Erwyn: Like a new daddy?
Ember: Possibly, but we're not anywhere that possibility right now. It takes time to get to that point and right now, there's no guarantee about that.
Erwyn: Oh. So you have a boyfriend?
Ember (smiling): Baby, please take your shoes off so you can turn toward me. I'll take mine off too. I need to get out of these boots.
They both take their shoes off and Erwyn turns so she can have her feet up on the sofa and face her mother directly.
Erwyn: So I'll meet your boyfriend?
Ember: Yes. If I'm going to spend a lot more time with him and think about having him in our lives, I want you to be able to spend time with us together. Not a lot at first, but we'll see how it goes. Do you understand that?
Erwyn: Yes. Are you going to marry him?
Ember (laughing): No, Honey. At least not right now. We still need to see how things go.
Erwyn: Is he nice?
Ember: Yes, he is very nice. You've met him. It's Mr. Parker.
Ember (smiling): Yes, he does.
Erwyn: Then I could be like Chuckie.
Ember: Chuckie, who?
Erwyn: From the Rugrats movie. He got a new mommy and she was very nice to him. I might get a new daddy.
Ember: Hmmm...I guess that could be so one day. But let's not rush it. Right now Mr. Parker is just someone I'm, we're getting to know better. Come sit on my lap for a minute so I can hug you.
Erwyn crawls onto her mother's lap.
Ember: Listen, Erwyn. You are what is most important to me, above and before everything and everyone else. I want you to get to know Mr. Parker better too, but it will take time for Mommy to get to certain levels of trust. I will always protect you, no matter what.
Erwyn: I know, Mommy.
Ember: I want you to remember that. If for some reason you are ever uncomfortable, no matter what, even if you think I will be upset, you have to tell me. Can you do that?
Erwyn: Yes, Mommy.
Ember: Good. I love you more than anything.
Erwyn: I love you too, Mommy.
Well, Erwyn seem okay with the news of Parker and Ember dating. I wonder how everyone else will react.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye