I have been having a wonderful time with TLOML. We have spent time with her brother and his family and it has been really delightful to see people interacting with her and loving her. They are a loving family and clearly she brightens their world as she does mine.
There has not been even one thing that has not gone beautifully. I feel like I am living in a love story, I would say a romance novel but there has been no conflict or crossed wires to hang a plot upon... We are actually sickly sweet and swooningly into each other. She is very solicitous and thoughtful; in some ways more sensitive about my need to conserve energy and take it easy than I am. I'm loving being cared for and cared about but I do get a bit stubborn about wanting to contribute.
Today we did a massive shop because tonight we are having a dinner party. While up at the mall I took her in and introduced her to my little mate at the optometrists (he agreed with me that she is beautiful and was very happy for us). Mostly we have been spending time with her friends and family which is wonderful for me. I don't have to carry the conversations and I can sit back and watch her interacting with her people. Tonight we are having two other lesbian couples for dinner. The first couple are the people we stayed with when TLOML first arrived. Lovely women, her long time (childhood) friend and the friend's Irish partner. The other couple are friends of mine, my long LONG ago (early 80's) first serious girlfriend (actually the first person I was ever in love with) and her terrific current partner, who I have only met twice but who I really liked on sight. It should be a good evening.
I'm going to make some garlic prawns and scallops and serve them over French bread and then we are also going to have roast pork, apple sauce, and some baked potatoes and pumpkin with steamed green veggies too. It has been fun planning together and shopping for dinner. I'm lying here getting some horizontal time while TLOML makes us some lunch.
My Gay Brother has reached out to me which is fabulous and he and his partner will be down in Sydney on Friday evening in time for us all to go and have dinner. That will be the first and only introduction of TLOML to my family this Christmas... Well not including The Boy - he will be getting home tomorrow (Thursday) and I'm picking him up at the train station at sparrow's fart. I expect he will meet with TLOML some time tomorrow, maybe in the evening.
All the pieces just seem to keep falling into place for us, I can't believe how wonderful things are, how natural and perfect it all feels, how compatible we are. I am spending a LOT of time feeling incredibly grateful to Herbert. I was so low so recently that it is hard to believe this spectacular turn of events. Sometimes I just smile and shake my head and I can hardly believe that it is the other Displaced from school... Of all the people in the whole world WE have fallen in love with each other after 31 years apart. In all honesty I am having to downplay this for you or you would all have to be taking turns at throwing up!