I've never met The Man's daughters.
Technically I did meet his oldest once, long ago, before we were even dating. She was still a baby - nine months maybe? I met The Man and his wife at a park for what was supposed to be a farewell visit before they relocated to Toronto. It was during that visit that I learned they were expecting their second child. So, if you really want to stretch, I suppose you could say that I've been in the presence of both his girls. But that was years ago.
And now they live with their mom, many states away. Though there have been many half-formulated plans to get the girls to Seattle for an extended visit, they've all fallen through for one reason or another. Currently it's money. We just don't have enough to allow The Man to fly to Dallas, grab the girls and fly with them back to Seattle, visit, fly with the girls back to Dallas, and fly The Man back home again. That's four sets of expensive round-trip tickets. So, instead of having them in Seattle for the summer like we'd hoped, The Man is making plans to fly to Dallas to conduct a long weekend visit there.
It's a visit that's long, long overdue, so I'm happy that The Man will see them soon. But I'm sad this blended family continues to be only partially blended. Shaken, but not stirred.
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