"My mother was noticeably apprehensive during the transition due to the fact that my brother did not seem entirely comfortable with the circumstances. I believe much of his uneasiness stemmed from the fact that the man my mother was engaged to had a son in the same grade who he wasn’t at all close to and would be soon sharing a house with. My mother was very reluctant to move us all into the same house because of this, and because she didn’t want to put my brother and I in such a new, unpredictable situation."
"I could tell my mother was always extremely concerned for my brother and I throughout the entire transition. She constantly second-guessed her decision to move us all in together, and regularly asked my brother and I if we were comfortable with the situation, as I understood she feared that we weren’t happy with everything."
"I believe the remarriage of my mother brought my brother and I closer together. Of course, we maintained our sibling rivalry and petty arguments, but we were both in the same boat regarding the remarriage and could openly talk to each other about things without concerning our mother even more than she already was."