It was such a pleasure hearing from you. Thank you for sharing your good news. Congratulations! I hope your move went well and that you’re settling in. It must be difficult to leave Seattle. I spent a few years there as a young man and it’s a truly special place. But I am sure you will come to love your new home.
We are having a beautiful spring here in Barton. Mild warmth, just enough rain. Everything is green and fresh at this time of year.
Maryjo stopped by the other day with some good news of her own. She and Rich are traveling to Colorado next week to adopt a baby girl. Billy will be a big brother. He’ll enjoy that, I think. He loves other children and is always very sweet to the younger ones.
In the course of our conversation I asked Maryjo if Billy knew he was adopted. She said that of course he did, although he was a bit young to truly understand what it meant. I asked her, as delicately as I could, if she’d be open to Billy having contact with his birth parents at any point. She told me that while it would be difficult for her and Rich, if it were something that Billy wanted when he was older, they might be open to the possibility.
Billy is enjoying preschool. Maryjo drives him all the way to Cheyenne to attend a special school for gifted children. He tests right off the intelligence charts, she told me. At the school he’s learning Spanish and they’re already on fractions. He also got a horse of his own for his last birthday. Billy told me, one day after Mass, that he named the horse Rex, after Tyrannosaurus Rex. He’s quite obsessed with dinosaurs.
I must go now. Duty calls in the form of the spring pancake breakfast.
I know you’re concerned about William, but he is safe and happy and very much loved. Please don’t worry so much. I’m keeping an extra close eye on him. If there is any cause for concern, you will be the first to know.
I will write again soon. My best to M. You are both in my prayers.