Lily,

Because I’ve given all family and friends pseudonyms (to protect the semi-innocent), I want you–and, let’s face it, your forgetful mother–to have a key to this roman a clef so that we can tell who’s who. See the list below if you ever get confused about who I’m talking about!

The Stars

Lily June – The excruciatingly adorable human being you see when you look in the mirror (aka YOU)

Alyssa Moore – Your mother & (sometimes) humble narrator (aka the one who’s made your life and her parenting and personality into a completely unknown internet phenomenon)

Ryan Moore – Your dad, a man who loves baseball, Ghostbusters and Godzilla (as well as you and me) [There’s a tribute to him here. There’s always the story of how I met him here.]

Major Supporting Characters

Your Maternal Family Members

Your Paternal Family Members

  • Alison–Your dad’s mom, and your Granny Gramma
  • Jeanie–Your Grandma Alison’s long-time life partner and your Grandma
  • Bryce–Your dad’s younger brother, and your Uncle [There’s a little about him here.]
  • Jan–Your dad’s sister-in-law, your Uncle Bryce’s wife and your aunt
  • Bryden–Your oldest cousin on your dad’s side; your Uncle Bryce’s first son [There’s an anecdote about him here.]
  • Elijah–Your middle cousin on your dad’s side; your Uncle Bryce’s second son
  • Cal–Your youngest cousin on your dad’s side; your Uncle Bryce’s third son

Other Supporting Characters

  • Mary–My grandma, and your great grandmother who died before you were born
  • Mira–One of my oldest friends whom I’ve known since Kindergarten, and one of your two honorary aunts [There’s a blip about her here.]
  • Wanda–One of my oldest friends whom I’ve known since Middle School, and the other of your two honorary aunts [There’s a blip about her here.]
  • Sherry–The oldest of the four secretaries where I work, the administrative coordinator of the department [There’s a little about her here.]
  • Kat–The second oldest of the four secretaries where I work, the assistant chair’s assistant [She’s the brunette here.]
  • Kimmy–The youngest (after me) of four secretaries where I work, the graduate program director’s assistant [She’s the blonde here.]

Cameos

Not Yet in the Cast, but Will Probably Join

  • Derrick–My stepfather, and your Grandpa; your Grandma Raelyn’s husband
  • Todd–My stepbrother, and your Uncle; your Grandpa Derrick’s son
  • Dave–Your third-oldest cousin on your mom’s side; your Aunt Loren’s second son
  • William–My grandpa on my dad’s side, and your great grandpa who died before you were born.
  • Lorie–My grandma on my mom’s side, and your great grandma who lives in Texas
  • Sandy–Our old cat, who now lives with your Aunt Loren
  • Many more!
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