He’s getting more freelance jobs these days, is asked to write articles about various topics and events and he’s been covering the national elections this autumn, which is exhausting but surprisingly fun. Talking to politicians each day can be draining, but he gets plenty of feedback and he finds that he learns a lot about politics and economy as well, and that feels new and fresh.
In the mornings Opal stumbles down, grabs a bag of crisps or some cookies for breakfast and Ed is usually still writing unless he needs to be at some meeting or has an early interview. If he hasn’t, he works until Lily goes to school.
She, too, stumbles down the stairs and typically finishes her mother’s crisps or cookies for breakfast. Ed can hear Ebbe and Konrad shout in his head about the importance of a proper breakfast and the dangers of sugar and whatnot.
He mostly finds it funny to see Opal mirrored in their daughter – all the great and not-so-great traits of his wife popping up in Lily, only they seem less annoying and much more adorable in a five-year-old.
His brothers wouldn’t stand for it. Not cookies for breakfast and not the complete acceptance of kids inheriting your own bad habits. He thinks about Karl and Sharlene working their asses off trying to make their boys less awful than Karl himself had been, growing up.
They’re a non-conventional family, Ed tells himself. Nothing like Ebbe and Cole and their well-managed family life. Or Konrad and Theresa who both live and breathe their kids. Nothing wrong with those approaches, but it’s not for Ed and Opal.
He tries to cook proper meals for dinner, which he feels weirdly proud of. Konrad or Ebbe would never be proud of that, they would just take it for granted but Ed considers it a small victory every day when he has prepared a meal just in time for Opal to get back home and greet him with a kiss.
She always wants to take a shower the first thing she does when she gets home. Get the boring cases off her skin, she jokes sometimes. She’s started to feel like she’s in a rut, work wise and Ed knows that while Opal might be more impatient than most, she’s usually right about her gut instinct and her gut instinct had told her to apply for work at a different law firm a couple of months ago.
It’s the first time they travel with Lily and it feels like a big step. They’ve always said that one of the most important things they want to do with their daughter is to show her the world, teach her what life is like in other parts of it.
And Lily loves new things so she’s eager to participate in it all. They never have to worry about her being shy or worried about strangers and new habits; she takes everything in stride and asks a thousand questions along the way.
* I totally see Ed and Opal as the kind of urban, well-educated couple who’ll settle for one kid, spoil it rotten with stuff and holidays abroad and college funds and whatnot. 🙂 Lily is adorable and my fingers itch to click the “try for baby” option, but I shall remain strong because they’re done.