It had always been David who had made our house the kind of home the Church said a home should be—the second most sacred space, next to the temple.
“For where two or three are gathered in My Name, there am I in the midst of them,” Jesus had said, & so, the Mormon missionaries paired off like Noah’s Ark, except in a sexless, same-sex fashion.
His faith had been proven—his sacrifice hadn’t required the forsaking of his own life—only the forsaking of a chance at a life with me.
David appreciated the natural world as much as Mother & Caitlin did the spiritual, whereas I was caught somewhere between the two.
Man had been given dominion over all earthly creations (rather than God, who had dominion over all the heavenly ones).
Though we were surrounded by people, we were the only two people in our world—in the world, but not of it.
I sensed a change in my & David’s relationship, but I could not define it. It had matured. I was no longer his stepdaughter—I was his equal.
Christmas in the Deep South was twinkling lights for snowflakes, spray-on snow on windowpanes, & the Hallmark yule log flickering on a screen.