There were times especially as Christmas got closer that I'd be nervous thinking about it, first impression anxiety, concerned about how they would feel about me. I had never spoken with his dad or brother, would they like me? Steven squashed all my last minute worries in the same way he always knows how, just the right words and comfort, one more reason why I love him so much.
The drive was about three hours. We arrived early afternoon on Christmas Eve day. His mom was waiting at the front door as we drove into the driveway. She was already walking to the car and as we got out she immediately embraced her son. I walked around the front of the car to say hello.
His mom turned to me, "Michael, I'm so glad you're here with us for Christmas." and then she hugged and kissed me. With a very warm mom smile, she said, “it's going to be a beautiful holiday". Steven grabbed our suitcase, and with her arm around me, his mom and I walked into the house together.
Our first Christmas together and after all these years with someone who loves me as much as I love him. Going to take a needed break from writing and spend as much time as possible with Steven. Thank you for readership, and I promise I'll be back to my online diary soon.