once sho and i got home and got cozy in that dreamy sunday-evening late-fall sort of way, wearing warm pajamas and slippers and watching mouk on the laptop, i got to thinking about the day. officially, it's just sho and me, a tiny nuclear family indeed. an adventure like today has the potential to be a pretty sad little outing, just a single mom and her kid in a sea of happy families. but i rarely feel like we're lacking anything (well...except money). neesy and i often joke about being sho's two mommies, and i think we probably do look like a couple sometimes while we're out and about, so focused are we on shoshanna and equally proud of her every brave moment and grown-up new experience. i'm sure it's also unclear which of us is her mom at times, just because we are both right there by her side, taking her picture and scooping her up when she gets hurt. we absolutely feel like a family when we're together.
and then there's our family that we live with, my parents and grandma, who are such a part of our lives that the term "extended" family doesn't really apply; and all my dear close friends from way back when, both here in town and on both coasts. i pretty much never feel alone. sometimes i talk about how it's sho and me against the world, but i don't often feel that way really, because so many incredible people have our back. our family might not be traditional, and there definitely aren't too many picture books about ones like ours, but man, it works for us. and i'm so grateful to call this family my own.