"You've got to watch this," Keith said to me last night when I got home.
My heart melted as I listened to her words and watched her face as she said them. You see, Destiny doesn't really share her feelings. For the longest time, we just worked on helping her identify her feelings. She's a tough nut to crack. For her to say, "I want to show you someone special," is huge. Saying he's "basically my dad" is even more huge.
Basically my dad...
Keith has shown her what a dad is. He taught her how to ride a bike the first time she lived with us. He is the one who reads to her every night before she goes to bed. It's their thing. He can throw her over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes and tickle her while she laughs and wiggles around. She learned how to make popcorn from him and now she's our popcorn maker on Family Movie Night. She ends her day by picking a number and that's how many seconds he hugs her. They count it out together and then it's lights out.
Keith has been able to give her something she's never had: a strong male role model who sticks by even when things are tough. She knows he's not going anywhere and that he will be here for her wherever and whenever she needs him.