Alyssa herself was the key player. At one point, according to Bill, she said, â€œI love both of my parents. I canâ€™t make a decision. I donâ€™t know what to do.â€
â€œEveryone ,â€ he said, â€œwas crying.â€
Bill agreed that it was best for Alyssa to remain in Hawaii. Because he was paying child support, he couldnâ€™t afford multiple yearly airfares to bring her to Chicago, so he and Andrea devised a plan to share that cost without overburdening either of them. By the end of the day, an agreement was printed out and signed. â€œNot legal language,â€ said Elizabeth, â€œbut their language. Their spirit and their language and their content.â€
A few days later, Bill called her. â€œHe had just dropped his daughter off at the airport â€” it was the best visit theyâ€™d had in ages. He wanted to send pictures to Judge Mills of Alyssa on a fire truck.â€
And four years later, Bill is still overflowing with gratitude for the circle that saved his relationship with his daughter and allowed her to prosper. Sheâ€™s an A-student in Hawaii; in Chicago, sheâ€™d been struggling. Dadâ€™s heart bursts with joy. Itâ€™s not about custody. â€œItâ€™s all about her,â€ he said.
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