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In their shared apartment that first year, they had a huge tree with an abundance of colorful lights and decorations and everything else that spoke of the magic of the holiday and the importance of love and understanding that it brought. Both women wanted to create their own traditions and to give each other the happiness they hadn’t experienced as children themselves.
The Saturday before Christmas each year had become the day that a freshly cut evergreen tree was delivered and decorated. Year by year those decorations had grown as they added more and then when Angie arrived, they grew even larger. Both women wanting the joy of the holiday to be special for their little girl.
Even in the rough years when things weren’t good between them or when they weren’t together as a couple, they vowed to not allow the state of their personal relationship to affect their daughter and her celebration of the holiday. The images of their unhappiness at the holidays as children was all too prevalent in their minds and they wanted desperately to avoid that for their daughter. So they had put on happy faces and put their problems aside for the special day. They gave their daughter all the love they had. On occasion they saw the love they still held for the other too flickering in the other’s eyes. Their deep connection once again surfacing and binding them together if only for a day in the down years.
This year though, their connection was genuine and both women knew deep inside that it was forever. The glow in their eyes as sparkling and bright as any tree light . . .
Tree Trimming – Present Day
So this year, the Saturday before Christmas found the three Porter women and Jordi in their Silver Lake home decorating a huge tree that filled the corner of the vast living room. Bette had ordered the tree for delivery the previous week.
Bette and Angie had gotten all the boxes and decorations down from the attic for the tree earlier in the week and this afternoon, they were happily trimming the tree. The rest of the house had already been bedecked with festive items and the joy of the holiday season could be felt in every room of the house. Tina’s flair and design skills could be seen everywhere. Angie had helped her mothers and was happy with the results. The house was filled with wonderful trimmings all around.