LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
If she has one, her boyfriend will be very nice and helpful and, hopefully for his sake, he’ll know a lot about cars so William can talk to him about them. Her apartment will be small, but cozy with hand-me-downs and peddler’s mall finds and IKEA purchases. We’ll sip a little wine and she’ll be calm and organized, and then it will be time to serve the meal.
Then maybe, maybe if I’m very lucky, she’ll ask me my advice on something or I’ll watch her wordlessly do something exactly the way I’ve taught her, and I’ll feel like, even though I’m just the stepmom, I’ve given her something permanent, molded her future in an undeniable way.
Until then, we’ll keep plowing through “Teens Cook” as her skills accumulate and dinner is served. And we all sit down to her chicken potpie.