- New grandparents
“Mommy where are we going?” Noah asks me as I lock our house.
I hadn’t planned on this little trip, but I knew it was something that I needed to do. Nora and Theo have been calling me for days. They wanted a relationship with me, but instead I kept keeping them at arm’s length.
I decided that I was going to give them a chance. After all, how was I supposed to know if they truly loved me if I just kept pushing them away? And besides, I needed more good people in my
“I want you to meet some people” I reply, taking his hand in mine as I lead him towards my car.
As we were walking towards the car, my eyes gets caught by the moving vehicle that was parked a few meters down from my house.
“Looks like someone is moving in” I tell Noah. “We’re going to have a new neighbor.”
The house has been empty for months. It was similar in structure to mine with the only
difference being it looked a bit bigger. 2
“Man, I hope they have a kid my age” Noah says in excitement. “Don’t get me wrong mom. I love
this place, but it’s full of old people”
I chuckle at that. When I picked this place, I didn’t realize we would be surrounded by elderly
people who were all up in your business. I chose this place because of the tranquility and the big
yard. The other two kids in this community were like fifteen house down from us.
“Well baby, let’s hope so” I say as I help him get in the car and buckle up.
I get in and start the car. I was nervous and we weren’t even half way to where we were going. I
was so used to getting hurt that I was skeptical and doubtful about anyone who wanted to get
close to me.
Pushing the nervousness away, I try to focus on driving.
“So, who are we going to see?” Noah breaks the silence bouncing in his seat.
One thing about Noah is that he doesn’t like being kept in suspense. A character that is just like
his father. He prefers knowing things in advance and doesn’t like anything that surprises him
which is a weird character for a kid.
“You’ll just have to wait and see” I smile at him. “They are people I currently met and they’ve been dying to meet you”
His brows pull together in a frown. Right now he reminds me so much of Rowan. Noah was an exact replica of his dad. It showed in the way he looked and behaved.
“Can’t you just tell me? You know I don’t like surprises” he grumbles
See what I told you? He doesn’t like not knowing.
“I promise this is going to be a good surprise” I assure him.
He was going to be so happy when he realizes he’s getting two additional grandparents. Mainly because he knows it will mean more gifts and love for himself. As much as he is looking forward
to having a sibling, he can’t hide that he loves being the only grandchild.
“Mommy, is dad going to marry your sister Emma?” Noah asks after a while.
My breath stills at his question.
“Probably” I mumbled.
Even though I feel the familiar pain. It isn’t as earth shattering as it used to be. I accepted it long
time ago. Rowan wasn’t mine. He never was. He always belonged to Emma mind body and soul.
Right now they may have hit a rough patch because of her lies, but they will get back together
Their love has spanned over a decade. It’s impossible for them not fix what’s broken. Sooner or
later, when they worked their issues, they’ll resume their romance.
“I don’t want that…I don’t want a stepmother” he says in a small voice.
It breaks my heart to hear him so sad, but there is nothing I can do about it. Rowan and I were
wrong from the beginning. We shouldn’t have gotten married and I will always regret that I didn’t
fight harder when he said we should marry.
Life would have been easier if I had. Instead we got married and pretended we loved each other in
front of Noah. Now he was having a hard time accepting someone else as Rowan’s possible wife.
“I want you and dad together. You were happy together, you loved each other. Why can’t you go
back to that?” he asks sullenly
How do I tell him that nothing he was saying was real? That Rowan and I weren’t happy together.
That we weren’t in love and that we played a part for his sake. How do I tell him that Rowan had
always been in love with Emma? That my obsession with him led to them breaking up.
“Right now you’re too young to understand, but when you’re older I’ll explain things, then you’ll
understand why your father and I can’t be together”
It pained me to see the sadness in his eyes, but in this case, I have to break his little heart. There
was nothing between Rowan and I. There never was and there will never be. Our ship went up in
flames before it even got a chance to sail.
“I’m not giving up mommy. I told you, I want you and dad together and I always get what I want”
Determination was etched in his voice as he said the words.
I sigh. “Not this time my love”
Silence falls upon us as we drive. Soon enough, we get to the upscale neighborhood that my
parents were currently residing in.
I pull up to the electronic gates. After imputing the passcode on the small touch screen located on
the side, the gates open. Theo had given me the passcode in case I ever wanted to come visit them.
We drive along the small road that was lined with trees. It was about a five minute drive before
you got to the huge beautiful house.
“Wow, this is awesome. It’s even more impressive than grandma and grandpa’s house” Noah says
referring to Rowan’s parents‘ house. 1
I grin. He was going to be surprised when I tell him that this was also his grandparent’s house.
I park the car in front of the manicured garden. After switching it off, we get out. I take his hand
and slowly start walking towards the house.
Noah’s eyes darted everywhere. His eyes taking in as much as he can. Excitement and awe was
written all over his face.
Before I can ring the doorbell, the door opens and a butler greets us.
“Welcome madam and young sir” he says politely, his hands behind his back. “If you follow me, I’ll
take you to them. They’re waiting for you.
We follow him silently. The inside of the house was just as impressive as the outside. Everything
We find Nora and Theo seated in the living room. The moment she sees us, Nors stands up and rushes towards us. Pulling me into a hug before doing the same with Noah, who freezes in shock
“Let the boy go Nora darling. You’re probably suffocating the boy” Theo says in an amused voice
“So sorry Noah” she says to Noah before turning to me. “I just never thought that you’d come or
give us a chance. I’m so happy that you’re here,”
Before I can say anything, Noah cuts in. As always he’s direct. Cutting straight to the point.
“Excuse me Mrs. But who are you?” he asks, his grey eyes piercing both Nora and Theo
Nora seems off balance for a bit, but Theo looks proud at Noah’s directness,
“Noah, I want you to meet my parents, your grandparents, Nora and Theo Howell” I watch him
closely. Looking at how he will react to the news.
“I’m confused” he says with a frown on his face. “Aren’t Ma and Pa your parents?”
“Not my biological parents. I was adopted by them. You know what adoption means right? I ask
as I kneel in front of him.
He nods “Yes, it’s when a mother and father take in a baby that isn’t their own and raises them”
“But where were they? Why did they let Ma and Pa adopt you? Didn’t they want you?” he pauses
his face going hard. “If they didn’t want you then I don’t want anything to do with them”
My heart swells with so much love for my baby boy. That he was willing to reject anyone that
didn’t want me meant everything to me.
Nora kneels down beside us and takes Noah into her arms. “We did want your mom. We just
thought she had died when she was a baby. We didn’t know that someone had stolen her from the
hospital and lied to us”
I watch as Noah tries to process what he was being told. He turns to me. Silently asking if what
she said was true. I nod my head and the frown clears from his face.
“What about Ma? Won’t she be sad losing you? And will I have to stop seeing her?” he asks.
I will never get in the way of their relationship. Mother never really gave a damn about me, but
nothing to do with her, I won’t stand in the way of her relationship with Noah.
“She’ll always be your Ma, Noah. Nothing has to change that. Think about it, you’re a very lucky boy. Having five grandparents is like hitting the grandparents jackpot” I smile at him
“We want to be in her life and your life if she gives us a chance, that’s all we ask” Theo says kneeling down beside us.
I look at Noah waiting for his answer. He’s silent for a while before he smiles. The moment he
does, I know he has given his approval.
I stare at my found parents. “I would like that. We would like having you in our lives”
Their eyes fill with tears and they pull us into the arms. I feel their love wash over us.
Things were falling into place and I wanted to believe that they will only get better from here on,
but experience has taught me that the other shoe drops when you least expect it.
I was happy right now, but deep down I just knew that this rollercoaster that was now my life was
far from over.