This is the beginning of Avery's true story!
It was the middle of 4th grade, 2013. As far as I knew, I was an only child, except for my big sister who then was twenty, so she didn’t really hang around a lot. My mom had signed me up for a musical called “Hip Hop Health”, and of course, my role in it was a carrot. It was the first performance, and I was dressed up in my orange costume and my carrot-top hat. The cast was lined up in order of height, and in front of me was this girl who was like 2 inches taller than me, and still is. Little did I know, she was the best thing that could ever happen to me, besides being born. Being the confident kid I am, I tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Is your mom and dad out there?” to make friendly conversation, and this is what she said:
“I don’t have a dad. I have two moms.”
“Me too!!” I said excitedly, because I haven’t met a lot of people with two moms.
“All I know about my dad is that he has brown curly hair and brown eyes,” she said to me.
“That’s all I know about MY dad!!” I said even more excitedly. Then the impossible thought occurred to me. I said it to her, half believing and half not believing. “Maybe we’re sisters!” I blurted, waving my arms out like a canyon.
“We might be,” she said thoughtfully.
A lot of singing and dancing later, it was intermission and we went to go talk about our hypothesis with our moms. The funny thing is, they were already sitting next to each other!
Sarah Pemberton is a teacher, a writer, and the founder of Write Now!. Sarah lives in Portland, Oregon with her two daughters.