Twirl and C.J.
So if you follow along with Lori's blog Raising my Rainbow you know exactly who C.J. is. If you don't, go there and follow. About 2 years ago a group of moms on the internet (think SuperFriends) all started writing to each other with a common bond: advocacy for our children. These women have become my best friends. Lori's son C.J. and my son Twirl lead very similar lives. As Cory and I would talk to Twirl about other boys like him I started showing him pics of C.J. Lori had sent me, as well as the ones on her blog. He instantly wanted to play with him. I had to explain how it wasn't possible at the moment because they actually live across the country. But, I said, you could send him an email and say hi, so that's just how the friendship started. C.J. and Twirl would send each other emails through our accounts with the cutest 3 sentence emails you have ever read. They talked about the things they loved to do, dressing up, fashion shows, favorite characters. They invited each other to do things like birthday parties but always ending with, " but I know you can't since you don' t live here". One day Cory and I were talking about how some day we just had to get them together. And then one day I just texted Lori and said we are doing it, when can we come visit…
Twirl was beyond excited when we told him and we told him about 3 months too soon. It was a LONG 3 months of "I wish we could just go today" and "how many days until I see C.J.?". I scheduled the trip for his last day of school and I am very thankful that I did because they were counting down in class everyday. I at least was able to avoid doing math.
Finally it was time to pack, Twirl was so excited for this part, "Oh I know what I want to pack first!". He ran to his room and grabbed a pair of capri pants he had never worn before. They were purple, pink and white and he threw them in his suitcase. He had never worn these capri pants around here before, always saying his classic "oh I will wear those tomorrow" which, in Twirl speak, means "I am not going to wear them." This is the first time I realized he might think C.J. lives in some magical place where boys can wear anything they want. He does not. He lives in a town pretty much just like ours, they just have In-and-Out Burger and we have the Waffle House.
I picked Twirl up from school and he was bouncing, so excited to see a suitcase in the car, greeting me with "are we going to the airport now??" This was his first flight and we were switching time zones so honestly I was just hoping he would sleep on the plane. Yeah, right. We parked and took the shuttle to our terminal. I tried to remember to explain things as we went to him since he had never been to the airport before. As he carried his pink peace backpack, panda pillow and rocked his sparkly shoes I thought about how proud I was of this kid. He was totally rocking it.
checking out the planes at the airport
watching Project Runway, of course.
He didn't sleep a bit during the ride, completely entertained by sketching and watching Project Runway and the excitement of meeting his friend.
we are both so excited!
We arrived as it was hitting his bedtime, but it was sunny and bright and beautiful. We got off the plane and made our way toward baggage claim where we would meet Lori and C.J. As soon as we stepped on the escalator and started going down I could see a pair of grey and pink shoes and knew instantly who it was - C.J. was waiting for us, sign in hand.
C.J. welcomes us with his beautiful sign!
The boys gave a quiet and shy hug as Lori and I looked on soaking in the moment. Then I turned to Lori, hugged and said something. Her reply was "oh cute, I didn't think about you having a southern accent". This is the first time it dawned on us that we had never even spoke on the phone. We text everyday sending each other videos and photos, sharing cute stories about the boys. We vent our frustrations about gender issues, but also more common issues, like how traffic sucked that morning.
Yes, Lori is totally California beautiful.
Like a true welcome to California Lori and C.J. took us to In-and-Out burger where we met C.J.'s dad and his brother for dinner. The boys had been sharing their favorite fashion apps on the iPad while we drove. Twirl was definitely more outgoing than when he normally meets new people, but not totally himself yet. I mean, who knows if I was.
busy with stickers at In-And-Out
Stay tuned for the rest of the trip in the next post.