narrated by: Zeke
I started a correspondence course through WSU to obtain my college degree, I am supposed to graduate in December 2013, but could graduate this spring if I can pass my current course load. In the beginning I had been more than upset at my mom for dropping the ball on watching after Lewis, but in the end, she really put the fuel under me. Morgan picked this fall to get married, and I’d like to do so with a college degree under my belt.
I wouldn’t say it out loud, but I hope to have a good full-time position in an Information Technology (IT) career before we are married, which requires I graduate early. I don’t want to disappoint Lewis or Morgan, so I play this close to my chest.
The staff at Planet Java has been my life saver for late night term papers. I’m able to sneak out while Lewis and Morgan sleep and get some classwork done, whereas if I was home, I’d be tempted to go sneak into bed with Morgan. Ginny, a barista here, keeps my coffee cup filled until I’ve finished half my work for the night. And it’s her diligence that is giving me hope that I’ll graduate this term, a whole semester early.
I was able to get a promotion to edit home videos, the pay is a little better, nothing to support a wife on. But the hours are better, I’m able to work days and only need a sitter for three hours in the evenings. Mom comes over a few days a week, and the other half, Lewis spends with our neighbor Caroline Welsh or with Morgan if she’s not scheduled at the hospital.
Lewis is more than exuberant when I come to pick him up. He has complained passionately that Caroline only watches soap opera’s and that baby Alex cries too much. He hates all the baby toys in the house, but doesn’t want to bring his own in case Alex drools on them.
My biggest complaint is that Caroline lets him eat cookies before I come to get him. He isn’t hungry for dinner by the time we get home.
And sometimes he has a tummy ache from eating too many sweets. He has a weak stomach like his Mom did; he likes it when I tell him this, and other little things I remember about her.
It wasn’t until Morgan that I began to heal, and be able to tell Lewis about his Mom. He doesn’t remember her, and I know it’s my responsibility that he knows about her as much as he has the desire. I don’t cringe when he asks questions randomly during dinner, and sometimes I can even laugh at silly things she used to do, like brush her teeth in the shower.
Lewis seems to be adjusting to the engagement of me and Morgan. I hadn’t asked him about it specifically before I popped the question. It had been sort of unplanned, and I worried when I came home how he would take the news. He hadn’t said much, but I think his new friend Rachael is helping him adjust. Her father died tragically in a fire, and now she has a step dad and soon another sibling.
Lorelei calls to talk to Lewis on a regular basis. I’m not sure which of the two misses the other more, and Lewis likes to tell her that she’s his favorite aunt. Which she reminds him, that she’s his only aunt. Even when me and Morgan get married, he won’t be gaining any aunts or uncles, so Lorelei will continue to hold that title. She listens as he goes on about his school day, and who got in trouble for running in the halls. It makes me smile when I overhear their conversations.
I can’t believe I’m old enough to have a seven year old, he’s almost too big to swing around. Morgan told me with no uncertainty that she wants a baby, at least one. I’m not opposed. I can’t help but think how different it will be to father a child with Morgan, or worry how it will affect Lewis.
When I have some down time, I like to play some video games with Lewis. I can’t help but beat him, and he’s a sore loser like me. He whines that he’d rather play with my Mom, whom he always beats. I hope he learns that you don’t get better at things by beating those that aren’t as good at something. I don’t want him to skip out on college or settle for less in life.
Morgan gets us out of the house in the dead of winter, one season I rarely leave home unless I have to. She takes us down to Lincoln Park, where we run into my Aunt Meredith taking a walk. I can’t remember the last time I’d seen her, she goes on about her daughter Cara expecting, which I knew from Rachael already. I imagine I know more about Cara’s life than her mother does, everyone knows the relationship is strained, but I stay polite through the conversation.
After she leaves, I come back to find Morgan tricking Lewis that Bigfoot is behind him in the trees. He looks, and she gets him on the chest with a heavy snowball.
He isn’t upset. Which isn’t always a guarantee, he can be a little grumpy like me.
Quite possibly the best part, is that Morgan looks every time too. Lewis makes up things like rainbows behind her, and superheros with capes, and she never fails to look and Lewis has a good arm.
I don’t know what took me so long to propose.
I can’t remember ever being happier in my life.
She even has us doing couples night with her best friend, Hazel and family. We rotate each month on whose house we will meet at, and find something to entertain us. Some times we just eat Chinese and talk the night away. But Hazel’s favorite is to play poker, she has a mean poker face that I haven’t been able to beat yet.
In the beginning I had to reprimand Lewis about teasing their daughter Bea. He would hold toys out, then snatch them back real quick. Hazel and Jude weren’t judgmental over the ordeal, which made me more comfortable. Sometimes parents can be a little too uptight when it comes to their kids, and you never know until your seven year old torments their one year old on how they will take it.
Lewis thought she was stupid at first. She was scared of peek-a-boo, and I wondered if the tot was too sheltered even. I didn’t want to bring it up to Morgan privately, in case that was taboo. The entire friends-with-kids-playgroup kind of thing, was all new to me.
I’m glad I didn’t in the end, because Bea sharpened up to the game of peek-a-boo, and it’s possible that Lewis even likes her a little. He will only admit that he likes her more than the cry-baby, Alex. Which might put her right below making his bed.
Notes:Lewis had the want to be friends with Rachael, and Rachael’s mom, Cara is a step-cousin to Zeke, so the kids are not related by blood. What would they be second-step-cousins? I thought it was sweet, seeing as they both lost a parent as toddlers, and had (or soon would) a step parent.
Seriously Bea is so cute I could just fall over from her cuteness. I adore her even more now that I got rid of the shiny skintone I disliked. Originally I was going to go with Pooklet’s Kids in Technicolor, but I found the shades cooler than I wanted, so I went with My Poor Lover.
And I’m much happier. 🙂