Snippets #2 — Steps & Halves
I am a child of divorce. Both of my parents remarried. I have one “real” brother, one step-sister, one half-brother, and one half-sister. It makes for interesting conversations when I explain to the kids about steps and halves in terms of siblings, parents, & grandparents.
Mommy: Scottie, you sometimes remind me of your Uncle Mike with the way you talk to Allie. Be nice. She’s your sister.
Scottie: Well I’m her brother.
Mommy: Yes, and she should be nicer to you, too.
Scottie: Were you always nice to your brother?
Mommy: Not always. We were both pretty mean to each other sometimes.
Allie: He’s not a brother!!
Mommy: Who, Uncle Mike? Yes he is. He’s my brother.
Allie: No, the brothers are Robbie and Scottie.
Mommy: They’re your brothers. Uncle Mike is my brother.
Robbie: And you have a sister, too.
Scottie: Yeah, Aunt Anne.
Mommy: Yup, I have a sister, too.
Robbie: But she wasn’t always your sister.
Allie: So who was her sister before?
Mommy: She didn’t have a sister before then.
Allie: Was that when you were in Nini’s belly?
Mommy: No, I was born then, but it was just Uncle Mike and me.
Allie: Was Aunt Anne in Nini’s belly?
Mommy: No, Aunt Anne was never in Nini’s belly. She has a different mommy, so she came from a different belly, but before Uncle Mike and I were born.
Allie <after a pause and a dramatic sigh>: I’m glad I only came from one belly.