Monday afternoon Hanley came for a visit and had dinner with us. Of course I asked her for a drawing for Draw A Bird Day.
Just like with Lila, it’s so much fun seeing how quickly Hanley grows, and how her tastes and interests change over time. It’s also fascinating to see how kids absorb and learn about the world around them. Both Tom and I were a little daunted by the math concepts she’s learning in pre-K. Tom said as he recalls, that was fourth grade stuff.
When Tim and I received Lewis DeSimone’s story “Quality Time” as a submission for Best Gay Romance 2014, my interest was piqued by the concept. The narrator, Greg, has fallen in love and moved in with Victor. Victor has a five-year-old daughter (Hanley’s age now; Lila’s age when we received the story). I think Lewis writes Sarah exactly right for her age.
Sarah stays with her father and Greg on weekends, and Greg is learning the challenges and compromises that come with an immediate family and an ex-wife. It’s a timely story considering how common co-parenting is and LGBT parenting is becoming. And it’s a reminder that at the heart of all these stories and issues is one thing: family.
Here’s a look into the dynamic of Victor and Greg’s family.
You can read the rest of “Quality Time” in Best Gay Romance 2014, on sale now in trade paperback and ebook format.
Excerpt reprinted with permission from Cleis Press. All rights reserved