A Blended Family, A Stepdaughter and Me

Pookie goofing off at the beach this past August.

Although we had gone to school together from 1980 to 1987, I hadn’t laid eyes on Caroline for nearly a decade. That is before I randomly bumped into her in 2004. Truth be known, I had always found her extremely attractive, even during the Carter administration when she was nothing more than a feisty little 6th grader equipped with the perfect blend of beauty and sass. And the all-grown-up version was somehow even more beautiful than I had remembered.

But in spite of our immediate chemistry, I knew a long-term relationship wasn’t in the cards. After all, Caroline was a single mom. And as a 34 year-old professional bachelor type, I had no interest in any of that. I mean, being a parent is hard enough. But being a stepparent? It’s downright impossible, a fact I understood all too well from my childhood.

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ The JackB

    Those Babble folks need to hook up links to our blogs/websites so that when people are charmed by our insightful comments they have some where to go and find us. 😉

  • Wendy

    What a beautiful article John, it so nice to hear how freely you give of your heart. :)

    • Anonymous

      Wendy—thanks for your comment on the stepdaughter piece I wrote. I’m glad you liked it. The Huffington Post actually picked it up, so I was fired up about that, particularly b/c it was something so near and dear to my heart.

      had a great catch-up conversation w/ Chad Beeler yesterday. he called out of the blue. it made me think of my entire Seattle posse, you, my dear, included. Merry Christmas!

  • muskrat

    reading this made me really respect you. which i did kicking and screaming.

    • Anonymous

      thanks, bro. (sorry about the kicking and screaming part!) The Huffington post linked up to this on the front page of their “Divorce” page which was pretty cool, especially b/c it was something so near and dear to my heart.

      Merry Christmas, my friend…