I’ve always been well aware Emma (my step-daughter-to-be, age 3.5) loves me, trusts me, and has fun with me. At the very beginning of getting to know each other, she took to calling me “My Jackie”. As in “My Jackie, want to play?” “My Jackie, can I have juice?” God help any little girl who came near me during that time. Jake didn’t give me an engagement ring; they gave me an engagement ring. Emma gave her consent and went and picked it up with him. She kept it a secret for 2 weeks at the age of 2! Despite all of this, I never was quite sure if she saw me as a “real” family member. Of course, I wanted her to think of me this way because I love her more than anything in this world. I’d assure myself she did, but I never knew for sure. Lately, I’ve learned something. Your typical family has an aunt, uncle, grandma, daddy, mommy… well there’s a new role to add to the list; the Jackie!
Emma comes in room and lays baby on blanket
Emma: Okay, I’m going to work. You guys need to watch the baby.
Jake: Alright, have a good day at work!
Emma heads toward door but then suddenly turns around with her “concerned Daddy and Jackie won’t do it right” face.
Emma: She needs to sleep so rub her back. She has to stay in her own bed. Daddy, you be the Daddy, and Jackie you be her Jackie.
Emma: RAWWRR I’m a lion! I’m the baby lion, Daddy be the Daddy lion, and Jackie be the Jackie lion.
We throw out popcorn so the deer come near our backyard. Emma really wanted to go outside and see them. We spooked them and off they ran.
Emma: Daddy, where are the baby deer?
Jake: I don’t know where they are.
Emma: I bet they’re at home with their Daddy and their Jackie.
So there you have it. We are a real 3 member family, Emma is the child, Jake is the Daddy, and I am the Jackie.