Saturday, September 17, 2011
Apparently she knighted someone who didn't bow low enough to please her royal highness. She started waving that scepter around most alarmingly.
"Merry, careful. You don't want to fall off the chair."
"That's Princess Merry to you, daddy."
"Yes, Princess Merry. Still, be careful and don't fall off the chair. I don't want to run you over to the hospital."
"Hey, Charlie. What's up?"
"Well, if you don't have other plans, want to go on a date tonight?"
"No work or school stuff tonight. So sure."
"Dinner and a movie sound ok?"
"That's great, Charlie."
"There's a rumour around the school that you set the frogs loose. Did you?"
"Yeah, wasn't it great? The teachers were finding frogs everywhere all day."
"Charlie! Don't you remember what my daddy does for a living?"
"He's the principal and he gave me the works last night."
"Oh no, if he yells, it's not too bad. It's when he gives you the 'I'm so disappointed in you' routine. That one is very bad. He doesn't want me to associate with someone who pranks the school, it sends a bad message to the other kids."
"Well, the gist of it is, if you prank the school again, we can't see each other. I have a feeling you are getting an extra chance because my parents really like your parents."
"Charlie, how well do you think that would work in a town this size? Even tonight, my daddy is just over there." Even at night from a block away, that red hair of Thomas's is unmistakeable.
"Yeah, true. Do you want to keep dating?"
"I'd love to, Charlie. But not if daddy disapproves."
"Ok, Tulip, no pranks. I promise."
"Yes, I know I won't be able to get the pension until retirement age. But I'm not going to live until retirement age if I stay in this job."
"Sorry, but the lack of decent fire fighters in town is your concern, not mine."
It's done, I'm officially unemployed.
"It was a complete makeover, Sam. New from hair to shoes."
"You are looking gorgeous, my Sunshine. Say, umm, could we have a chat?" God, my heart is attempting to leap from my chest. This conversation could be very painful.
"Us. You. What's happening." I took a deep breath and tried to convince my heart to stay in my chest. It felt like it was trying to escape. "You quit the career you loved. I've heard rumours about you and other guys. What are your plans, Amelia? Do they include the family? Me?"
"Sammy." Sunny took a deep breath and my heart stopped. I guess that's an improvement over my heart attempting to leap from my chest but not much of one. "I went back into music. Politics is too dull and boring. I don't have to start from the bottom but I'm not quite at the employment I had when I quit."
"And the guys?"
"It was only a bit of harmless flirting Sammy. It was," she paused for a moment while she considered, "it was a test of sorts. Flirting with a guy is a way to see if they think you are worth flirting back to. I've been feeling so old and ugly, Sammy."
"You've always been beautiful to me."
"That's what you say, Sammy, but how am I to believe that's what you mean?"
"But flirting could so easily lead to more."
"Don't worry, Sam. I'm starting to feel better. And I'd never do anything to hurt you. Weren't you ever tempted by other women?"
"No Sunny. Not even for a moment. You are the only woman in my life since the day we started dating."
"Did you like the job?"
"Well, it had some points but I won't miss it."
"So what are your plans?"
"I'm thinking about it. Something dull with regular hours. Maybe politics, I hear that's pretty dull." Sunny smiled. She has the prettiest smile.
"Oh thank you, Sam."
"By the way, since I'm at home all the time, I was wondering about another baby."
"Sam Grant, you know very well I want to get somewhere with this career. Three children are plenty."
"Sunny, I was thinking adoption. Take in a baby that's an orphan or abandoned or neglected."
"We have money to spare and I expect Charlie to move out soon after graduation."
"Maybe, Sam, maybe."
His grades are up, his after school activities have proven excellent skill building opportunities.
Merry was about to become a teen, and Charlie a grown man.
He has translated his love of outdoors into a profession. He is self employed as an angler. It's not likely to make him rich, but it will keep him happy.
So, Mum, after Charlie grew up.
He's a bit underweight and small for his age. He's also very quiet. We don't know if he's a bit shy, still timid from moving here or he's just a quiet youngster.
The whole town knew, Tulip still practically has her own personal flock of paparazzi. At least we'll always have newspaper clipping of everything they do together, if they forget to tell us.
Me? Well, I'm still unemployed but we have a fair sized bank account. And I'm enjoying actually being around home more. While we have two teens and one toddler, I'm sure that somehow it's all going to work out, eventually.
So Mum, it's farewell from this Sam. I wish my other clone brothers well.
I had ideas about where the story would go if Mia wanted a divorce or if Sam did. And Mia flirting was as far as any of their midlife crisis wishes went, which was pretty innocuous really.
You can download the family; Sam, Amelia, Charlie, Donna, Merry, Arthur and Tulip Tomasi from the exchange. Donna is almost entirely Grant genetics but the other two are an interesting mix of both parents. I put in Tulip so Charlie has his girlfriend and little Arthur because.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Nope, not depressed at all. Just a bit of soot got in my eyes.
"So, Donna, what's the homework assignment?"
"Politics, Daddy. We are supposed to explain how elections work."
"That seems pretty straight forward. Any questions?"
"How often are elections held?"
"The city holds elections once in three years. The state holds them once every four years. But there are a few things that it's once in two years."
"Daddy, that doesn't make sense."
"True, but we don't get to vote on how often to vote. It was decided some time ago by people who thought they knew how everything should work."
Actually, all three kids have managed to create potions. It's just that no one is willing to test them. It's good to see young minds applying themselves. Learning to make a potion improves their logic skills. However, drink some potion from random chemicals my kids put together? I'm not that brave or that stupid.
"This is Amelia. I quit."
"Yep, seriously. See you around."
I wonder if I heard that right. She quit her career in music? But she loves music.
"Sunny, are you all right? Did you really quit your job?"
"I did quit, Sam. I need change. I have been feeling so restless lately."
"Ok dear. If that's what you want." Maybe someday, someone will write a book that explains the moods of women and what to do when that mood hits. It will be a runaway best seller.
"I'm going out for a while, Sam. Think about what I want to do."
I wonder what conclusions she'll come to.
It wasn't long before the gossip mill spread the latest about where Sunny had gone.
"Just seeing you, beautiful, makes me hot all over."
"Do you really think I'm beautiful, or is that what you tell every woman?"
"Possibly not. It may take more then just one lunch."
"Thomas, you are such a charmer."
"Dear lovely lady, charm is my middle name."
I don't think I was the only one who heard whispers about Thomas and Sunny. Because it wasn't long after this that Marta announced she and Thomas were expecting another baby. Given how fond the Tomasi family are of babies, that should keep Thomas at home quite a lot more.
Unfortunately, this meant I missed a big event at home.
By the time I finally got home, all was quiet and everyone in bed. What good is being the fire chief if you miss out on family events because of work?
"You are still a gorgeous woman. Truly." Nope, no answer. Does she believe me?
The way Charlie was snickering later, I suspect that it was seriously not good. I wonder if my son had anything to do with the thousands of frogs hopping through school on Monday?
Thank god, my kids only have their friends over occasionally. Eventually, this many teens would surely add up to trouble.
Better have another talk with the boy. If the cops haul him home, he's grounded until he's 30.
"All the better for seeing you, lovely lady. Why on earth did you leave the theatre? It's just not the same without you?"
"Well, I've been needing change. I thought a new career might be it. I'm beginning to wonder though."
I feel like everything is is spinning out of control. Sunny is in politics and flirting around. Charlie is pulling pranks often and trying to order drinks at the local dive. It's only a matter of time before he comes the attention of the police. Donna is worse then ever about that invisible playmate of hers.
How do you handle so much? Ignore it? Lay down the law? Run away and pretend complete ignorance? Scratch the last, I don't run from anything.