Literary Mama’s E-zine editor Shannon L. C. Cate’s blog, Peter’s Cross Station, chronicles what it is like to be a “life-partnered, over-educated, tea-not-coffee-drinking lesbian co-parenting the planet’s cutest child,” and to live in a “a queer interracial family in the times of George W. Bush”. Blog fans may recognize her as the voice behind “Waiting for Nat” (Nat has since arrived and is now 18 months old). Cate weaves together the personal and the political, writing one moment about her daughter’s love of language and another about the importance of getting a passport for Nat:
See, none of the three people in our legal family share a last name and the parents and child don’t share a race, and the parents have no legal marriage status. But once we have a photo id for Nat we can cobble together our photo ids, Nat’s photo id, Nat’s birth certificate, our adoption decree and…voila! Proof that we all belong to each other for sure. So Nat can’t get snatched by crazy Oklahomans claiming we aren’t really her parents or whatall.
Cate also features photos of her gorgeous daughter Nat (aka She Who Must be Adored) that make one’s heart simply melt.