Stay at Home Fatherhood
Hi, I’m Chris O’Boyle. It’s been awhile since Liz has asked me to talk to you guys directly. As I’m sure you’ve picked up, a lot has changed in the last couple of months. Aiden and I have been talking and planning a family of our own since almost as soon as we got together last year, but some terrible unforeseen circumstances prevented it from happening the way we originally intended. Wow, this is starting to get much more depressing than I planned. Let’s talk about now. Aiden and I have just completed the adoption process of a brother and sister, Brandon and Allison. They’re a little more than four years apart, but mentally and emotionally at the same level. Yeah, the five-year old, Brandon, is as dependent as the one year old. Not that it makes that much of a difference to me. See, I’ve never been around children until we took these home. I always knew I wanted them, but had no experience.
So, I learned everything from scratch. Aiden taught me to change diapers, warm a bottle, and give baths. Three days later, he left. For work. He didn’t leave me for good. Anyway, we decided I would stay home with kids while he went into the city to dance. Did I mention I’ve never done this before? From day one, Brandon has been more difficult. He seems to be more affected by his biological father. You know, the man who killed his mother in front of him and his sister? Of course you remember. So, this poor little kid can’t stand loud noises, which is the least of his problems. He has nightmares and screams in the middle of the night…something I’m rather familiar with. It took him months to trust us. I mean, he was afraid when any of us would hug or kiss him. He never had that. I’m not sure it helped at first that Aiden and I were both men. But now? It’s getting better, a lot better, actually. You know what’s funny? It’s me Brandon gravitates to when given the option. His sister is a general love bug and will cuddle with anyone who holds her, but Brandon is more selective. Don’t get me wrong. He’s comfortable with Aiden, too. It just feels good to have earned his trust, especially considering the paternal influence I’ve had. Aiden and I are both determined to overcome our upbringings.
However, if anyone has any suggestions on balancing a romantic relationship with caring for two children, one of which is special needs, or how to not lose my mind during a three hour tantrum, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you! I hope to talk to you all again soon.
PS If you’d like to catch up, please check out the links below. You can read our story up until this point in Expectations and What Money Can’t Buy. Gifts from the Past comes out in January.
Liz Borino is the debut author of Expectations. Throughout her education, including a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University, she’s kept her stories to herself, but this only child is all grown up and wants to share them with the world. Her roots are in Bethlehem, Pa, but she loves to experience new cultures. As fun as that is Liz likes nothing better than curling up at home with a good book or her work in progress.
Synopsis: Expectations depicts the struggle between what we desire for ourselves and our familiar obligations. This is personified by Chris and Matt Taylor, identical twins who are trying to win their overbearing father’s approval and acquire their trust funds. Their best friend and roommate, Aiden O’Boyle, left his family behind in Ireland to pursue a career in dance.
Robert Taylor, Matt and Chris’s father has set certain conditions that must be met in order for them to receive their trust funds. Matt must work at a job he hates while struggling with alcoholism. Chris has to deny his own desires and deep love for Aiden, to get married to Matt’s girlfriend. All the while, their father continues to use extreme measures to ensure his sons’ compliance. Will they learn to lean on each other and discover their strength or succumb to their father’s will?
Synopsis: What Money Can’t Buy, the sequel to Expectations, finds the two couples, Chris and Aiden and Matt and Carley, eagerly anticipating parenthood. However, their personal struggles continue. Though Matt overcame his dependency on alcohol, new temptations present themselves. And with Carley on bed rest, these temptations put a greater strain on their relationship. Chris continues to deal with issues regarding his father. These issues increase with greater proximity. When tragedy strikes, the best and worst in everyone is revealed. Can they stick together, or will their reactions tear them apart?
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