I put the final shelf up in the house and Ada put the stuff on it from the box.
"We're done! We've finally unpacked! That's the last box, the last shelf. This place is finally our home!" squealed Ada. She was excited about having the perfect home. We'd searched for ages, looking for just the right place. Then we'd found this and it was beyond perfect.
It was a cottage a little way out of the town - close enough not to be trouble, but far enough away so it was in a peaceful area. The garden was large - Ada wanted to have a patch for growing vegetables and other plants like that and there was more than enough grass to run about on. It was such a quaint place, just the right size and filling all our needs. We couldn't believe it. Today was the official day this house became our home.
It was the middle of summer and the sun was shining through all the windows. The large glass doors out onto the patio were open and the cool air blew in. I could hear giggles from outside.
I went out onto the patio. "C'mon guys, Oliver, Isabella, don't play too rough" I said with a smile. I don't know what I'd do without Ada and the kids. Oliver was already six and a half and little Isabella was almost four. They were both little miracles, the three of them the best thing that's ever happened to me.
Ada turned to me on the patio. "Everyone will be here soon, have a rest. You've done too much work today."
I smile and shake my head. "I'm fine. I promise."
"Okay then. Love you."
"I love you too." I reply.
* * * * *
Everyone was here, like they'd all promised. Like we'd asked.
We realised when we had children that it wasn't all about me being a therapist or Ada being a music teacher. It wasn't about living in the perfect house. It wasn't about just having a mum and a dad that cared.
It was about having a whole family that cared.
So we'd invited everyone here - my mother and father, Ada's mother, father and his girlfriend.
We were determined that our children were going to have all the members of their family around them to love them and support them as they grew up. We wanted them to feel safe, special and loved.
Everyone was chattering with each other. I asked for quiet and silence fell.
Here it goes.
"I asked you all here so we could be a proper family again. Something we all need to learn to do." I looked at each person in turn and saw the agreement.
Ada joined in. "We want everyone to be involved and feel loved and special."
I looked around again at everyone, captivated and nodding hard in agreement. I had never imagined it would ever be like this. I finished to cheers from my last words:
"Ohana means family. Family meansno-one gets left behind."