Nicole’s previous update/next update / Oliver’s next update
Finn McCarthy (41 years), Nicole (41 years), Oliver (17 years), Zilla (8 years), Julius (8 years), Elias (8 years), Lily McCarthy (2 years),
narrated by: Oliver
I’m just finishing my junior year, and I’ve already got my acceptance letter into Eastborough University. I’ve decided that I want to work in education, and a four year degree is the best place to begin. Mom and Dad want me to go to the local business college like Grace and Emma did, but it doesn’t make sense for my career goals.
I don’t get paid working at Zoe-Gen for my Mom, and they’ve already told me that they won’t be able to help with any of my costs. So it’s up to me to get as much aid as possible, so far I’ve qualified for the Scholar Grant, and the Dannon Local Business Award, which pays for my first year in full.
Paloma isn’t very excited about my acceptance letter. There isn’t much I can say to ease her concerns, cause I have them myself. I catch a worried look in her eyes now and then, though she denies it most of the time.
When we were taking a walk around Millwood, she asked me if we were going to break up after graduation, and I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know who I’m supposed to talk to about my feelings, cause if I talked to Paloma about it, her feelings would be hurt.
Sometimes I just can’t get enough of her, and she’s sneaking me into her house while her Mom and Grandma are at work.
But other times, I’m running to Isaiah’s house just to catch my breath. Figuring out my future, my relationship, juggling my brothers and sisters, and my Mom constantly begging me to reconsider SPBC. It’s too much for me some days.
Isaiah graduates at the end of this month, and he’s off to Eastborough too, I don’t know where I’ll hang out next year. Though his place is a little annoying, cause his little brother Isaac is dating, Hadley, and they’ve grown less awkward with eachother, and more awkward to everyone else.
His Mom decided that she desperately wants a baby girl, and talks about her cycles regularly. Isaiah and Isaac are embarassed by their parents attached behavior, but I kind of like it. It’s nice to see two adults that have been together for two decades, still like each other, and kiss. I can’t remember the last time my parents kissed.
I’m hoping to find that kind of love, someday. Which leads me back to Paloma. She’s more wild than I’m inclined to be, and she’s stuck on me, more than I think I am for her. I’m not looking for someone else though ether. She’s been my pal for years, I can’t imagine not hanging out with her.
Girls are just more complicated, then I feel prepared to handle. Isaiah is sort of, sometimes seeing a girl named Elise, but she hits on me when Isaiah isn’t around.
Then she goes on kissing Isaiah. She’s going to college with him this year, and I’ll be glad when she’s gone. Girls seem like a lot of trouble.
I’ve gone over Mom’s budget, and she will need to hire someone to replace me, but the money just isn’t there. It would be, if she didn’t require so much of the income to make ends meet at home. Dad has been working over time, trying to get a promotion, but he hasn’t had one in more than six years.
Marta likes working for Mom, and selling the bridal gowns, but she’s concerned about the workload increase when I leave next year. Mom talked to me about hiring Paloma, but I told her to just wait on that. If we break up, that would make things really awkward.
I’ve heard that the dorms are small, and your roommates can suck, but I can’t wait to have my own space. A space that doesn’t have a diaper changing table in it, and dirty diapers in the pail. It will be weird leaving when Lily is only three years old, I feel like I won’t know her well, not like I know the others.
I keep an eye on her after school if Mom doesn’t need me at Zoe-Gen, I work mostly weekends there when it’s busy. I like Lily more now that she’s not a baby. She plays blocks, and talks more, and is overall a cute kid.
I do like having brothers though. They’re fun to go fishing with, since Dad isn’t around to do these things, I can teach them how to put a worm on the line. I tried teaching Zilla, but she thinks it’s gross and just befriends stray cats. It’s disturbing the amount of stray cats there are in the country.
My favorite times are when it’s just me and Paloma, and she isn’t asking me questions about our future. And neither of us are watching little kids, and we can just be. She’s my favorite person to do nothing with.
My Dad’s sister, Hazel came by unexpectedly to share the news that her husband, Jude leaves June 1st for his Pacific-Northwest tour, where he’s the opener of some bands I’ve never heard of. I think she was wanting Mom or Dad to invite her and the kids over a time or two this summer for some company. But they didn’t. I’ve heard Mom and Dad talk about them, and how they are following “pipe dreams.”
I told her that I’d stop by when I could to visit and play with my cousins. I’m pretty good playing with little kids, since there’s always been some in the house. I don’t know what made my parents so jaded, but I think it’s pretty neat that my uncle is a rocker. It’s probably best that I never had any “fantasy” career aspirations, I can’t imagine how my parents would have handled that.
Notes: Oliver will be off to college before I play this household again. I have no clue what Nicole will do with all these kids without a teenager to be home with them! She’s never had that. I’m going to work on finishing my new college so he can actually attend.
Oliver is working on another scholarship, he keeps rolling the want for more and more skills. So I’ll have him work on that while I play other households, that he has business being a visitor at. If he makes it, he does, otherwise he’ll just have to take out loans after the first year. I’m really excited to finish the college and start playing it, now that I have a handful of kids headed that way.
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