None of the characters in “Promises of Starlight” represent any person living or dead.
The character “Rock Star”/”Angel” is based on Adam Lambert. The author does not in any way wish to disturb or predict Mr. Lambert’s life through the characters in this story.
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Chapter 6 – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
Angel and Lover were very conscientious parents. They had the school thoroughly vetted before their children would be enrolled there. It didn’t matter that Son and Daughter had been on the “approved” pre-enrollment list for three years, their development monitored just as thoroughly. Then there were the parent/teacher/counselor/therapist/administrator/admissions committee/athletic coach/anybody walking down the street who didn’t give a damn conferences to ensure that the children were ready for school academically. That wasn’t a problem. Their pre-school was one of the best in L.A. and this primary school was at the top of Angel and Lover’s list.
Plus, the children read and were read to every night before they went to sleep by one and/or the other of their fathers, even if it was via Skype. Books were very important in their lives. By the time they’d enter the primary school they were reading at the 3rd grade level. It didn’t hurt that, if one of them didn’t know a word and the other one did, they’d just send the thought on over.
Indio was nearly incensed at that and would have been if it had ever been human.
The thing that concerned the school, however, was the notoriety of the Rock Star and Lover. Everyone knew about them. The Rock Star was near the top of his game and at the top of the charts. Lover was internationally known for his successful Public Relations firm and luxury real estate developments around the world. The questions were thoughtful and, most importantly, absolutely appropriate.
Would their children’s presence disturb the other students and disrupt the classroom? How would they handle classmates who were curious about the new students whose parents were two gay men? Would Lover and the Rock Star attend parents’ meetings and be available for teacher conferences and volunteering? Who would be the primary parent, at home for the children when they were needed? After all, these were two of the most famous celebrities in the world. Frequent travel had to be of concern here.
Angel and Lover had long, in-depth conversations to prepare for every question they thought might possibly be asked. They’d already gone over the list from the school. One Spring night when the children were over at Twin and Niecy’s for a family sleepover, they got down to business. REAL business. Sitting on the sofa, half-facing each other, they began working through their own list, the one they’d put together themselves.
“OK, what do we say if they ask us how we handle parenting?” asked Lover, already (unnecessarily) nervous about the Admissions Committee.
“Well, we tell them the truth,” answered Angel. “We tell them that, first and foremost, we let the kids know how much we love them and that we’ll love them no matter what.”
“That’s good, that’s good,” said Lover, thoughtfully. “Yes, that really is the basis of everything we do.” He laughed at one particular memory. “Do you remember when they tried to let that raccoon inside for a pet?”
“Oh, yeah, I remember. I thought ‘rabies’ for sure. Thank God they never got that close to it,” Angel chuckled. “What was it they tried to lure it with?”
“I think it was a pomegranate,” Lover said. “Either that or bacon.” He chuckled, too. “Good thing neither one worked.”
“Yeah, it was.” They both smiled at the memory and, momentarily, were taken in by the beauty of each other’s eyes. “Well, let’s get back to what they may ask us.”
“Yes,” said Lover, his head tipped so his reading glasses wouldn’t be. “OK, here’s a good one. ‘How well do we know our children?’
“Hmm, that depends. I mean, I think they show a different side to us than they show to their friends. And probably another one at school.”
Lover was impressed. This was “insightful Angel,” one of the ones he loved the most.
“So do you show me a different side than you show other people?” he asked.
Angel looked at “serious, children-involved Lover,” one of the ones he loved best.
The two fathers looked at each other.
“Baby, you see every side of me.” Angel suddenly realized how that sounded. “Oh, God,” he groaned. “Just one kiss, OK?”
“OK. Just one.”
So that’s what they did. Angel put down his list and crawled over onto Lover. This “one kiss” took a while and they ended up on the floor, but that’s all they did. Priorities, after all.
“Wow,” said Angel. “You kiss really good.”
“I should by now,” laughed Lover.
“Um, one more?”
“No. Well, maybe. After we answer the next question.”
“Deal.” There was the smirk.
“What do we do if one of the children makes a mistake?”
“Hmm,” Angel said, thinking about it. What did they do?
“Well.” Lover thought about it,too. “Well, we let them know that it’s not the end of the world. I mean, they need to know how to handle mistakes or they’ll never try anything new. And learning’s all about adding something new to your life, right?”
“I love you,” whispered Angel.
Time for another kiss.
“How do we handle it when they ask for something because ‘all the other kids have one’?”
“Oh, that’s a good one. Especially because they know we can afford it.”
“Yeah, I think that’ll be one of the questions for sure,” mused Lover. “Have they actually ever said that to us?”
“Not yet,” Angel answered. “But I bet we hear it before the year’s out—and probably every year after that. At least once a month.”
“So what would you say if, say, Son came to you and said that?”
Angel looked at Lover’s serious face. “How come I get stuck with this one? I mean, he’s your son, too.”
“I know, but you’re more likely to say ‘yes’ and he knows it.”
“Well, I don’t always say ‘yes’. I mean, he doesn’t ask for that much.”
“See, that’s what I mean. You twist it around in your head so you can have an excuse to say ‘yes’. Come on, what would you say for real?”
“OK, if it’s like something he really needs, I mean like something for a school project, I’d say ‘yes’. But if it’s just something he wants, I’d probably give him some way to earn it, like organizing all those antique “Transformer” toys he’s got.” Angel was remembering one of Starlight’s lessons: “need” trumps “want.”
“Ooo,” said Lover. “You just earned another kiss.”
An hour later (and some serious, on-the-edge kisses in between the questions), their list was done. They’d talked about how there’s no perfect way to parent, and how important it is to model (1) how to face and work through problems together and (2) how to apologize when you’re wrong. They talked about bullying and having famous gay parents and how that might—or might not—be a stumbling block for some teachers and administrators and how to handle that. They even talked about how to get other parents to see them as parents and not just celebrities. Autographs from Angel were out. Lover was still on probation, something he was hyper-vigilant about. He wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize their family, that’s for sure.
Jeopardizing his husband, however, was a whole different issue. So, after all the questions had been answered, he suggested a trip to the kitchen. Surprisingly, Angel declined.
“Tonight I just want you,” he said, reaching for Lover.