It feels like my family’s lives have been through constant and aggressive change for a little over a year now since we moved from New York City to California. The shift from one coast to the other couldn’t have been more extreme in every way, but we had each other throughout the entire process, physically and mentally. Jack and Zoe entered elementary school in Santa Cruz together, and Beau had me one hundred percent of the time.
A couple of months after we moved to California, we welcomed Theo into our home. We had so anticipated adopting a puppy once we were physically able to, and everyone in our family was excited and ready. I was a bit anxious about bringing in another major change to our family dynamic at that point but his arrival was surprisingly seamless, as though he’d always been there in spirit. Theo became Beau’s constant from the get-go. Their unexpected connection was immediate and unwavering, and it was clear that this puppy would play a very special role in our lives.
I don’t think I quite understood how much consistency played a crucial part in the lives of children, especially during times of change and stress, until our baby Evangeline was born. The day we came home from the hospital was very intense; Beau had started preschool that same day, so we all came into the house a bit emotionally and physically frayed. Theo was there to greet us, though, and his presence was incredibly comforting. It wasn’t until nap time that I realized just how important his role in our lives is, especially for Beau. During the eight weeks since Evvie has been in our lives, Beau has gone through periods of intense struggle with his adjustment to sharing his time with me. His daily nap time routine, and the fact that his buddy Theo is there with him unwaveringly has proven to be one of the most valuable constants for all of us. It’s something that we can expect, and something for Beau especially to rely on.
Throughout our marriage, there have been few, but meaningful consistencies. Our relationship itself was a bit of an unexpected connection, and so we’ve come to really recognize and embrace moments of serendipity in our lives. Cheerios Canada has launched a new campaign celebrating these unique and sometimes unexpected connections called the Cheerios Effect: When two Cheerios are placed in a bowl of milk, they will eventually come together. I’m happy to partner with them to help me tell our story of how Theo and Beau did the very same thing and continue to do so every day. At the end of this week, I’ll be traveling to Canada to talk publicly with Cheerios precisely about this campaign. Sharing our own personal Cheerios Effect story with Theo and Beau is a joy each and every time, and I and would love to hear some of your stories, too! You can see more and share your own stories at CheeriosEffect.ca.
Thank you to Cheerios for sponsoring this post (and for a really awesome campaign that I love). Thank you for reading!