Sunday was cold and rainy, but we had free tickets to the Bronx zoo. The ride isn’t too bad from Rhode Island, so we decided to meet up with some of the girls diblings and check out the Bronx Zoo.
Everyone has an opinion about developing relationships with “diblings”, some people even hate the word “dibling”. My thoughts are that my daughters have biological siblings out there, I think they should have the opportunity to meet them.
Some people in our situation feel you should let the child choose when they turn 18, if they want to meet their “biological” family. I feel the best way to raise my family is full disclosure on everything. I want to raise them to see all sorts of families, and to never feel like an outsider. I want them to have relationships with their brothers and sisters. I don’t want to just spring it on them when they turn 18. Besides, the other families are such great families. Many of the women are great roll models for my girls, many have incredible education (I’m talking Ivy League, one of the few things that impress me) and have multiple degrees, masters and P.H.D.s. It is amazing we all seem to have clicked and hit it off so well.
So we got to spend the day with our sister from Harlem, and our sisters (identical twins) from Brooklyn. “A & Z” (3 years old) from Brooklyn loved interacting with Maxine, who is in awe of all toddlers. Sidney got to run around with all the girls. We went on our trip to Canada with “A” from Harlem, and it seems like Sidney has really warmed up to her Harlem family.
It is amazing to think about how these girls will grow up and interact with each other.
The trip was not without any hiccups. Before we left the zoo to go to Arthur St to eat, we all went to the bathroom. After Sidney finished, we were still in the bathroom, and we gave her a small box of junior mints from halloween. Sid was eating them, and one dropped on the floor. EVERYONE yelled “NOOOOOOO!” but Sid picked it up off the wet floor and ate it. She is quick, and at this point in her life, I am pretty sure she has great immunities 🙂 (It reminded me of how she drank from the puddles at PRONK.)