narrated by: Quint
Back when Scarlett was just three years old, I mentioned going back to school to Rebecca, maybe doing a doctorate. She felt we were past that stage in life, and that my two year degree was sufficient. I enjoy being a paramedic, and South Metro has a great crew to work with, it just seemed natural to try and get promoted within.
But Rebecca had a point, and we are finally getting to the point of paying off our student loans and mortgage. At some point we need to start saving for Scarlett’s own college education, not adding more to mine. So I did something that I knew Rebecca wouldn’t approve of, I quit my job.
I had called Violet-Adele to arrange a meeting where I proposed she pass on a good word for me at her work. She’s head architect on some pretty big tickets, and it wouldn’t be difficult to give a nod in my direction to any one of the people she knew. It was awkward since Rebecca had a falling out with her after some alleged feelings for Reed Welsh were admitted.
The entire meeting was awkward, I hadn’t been the most clear on the phone on why I wanted to meet, and I think she had thought Rebecca was coming along. When I admitted that Rebecca didn’t even know I was here, she seemed a little put off.
I thought it was going to be a waste of time, when she conceded that she could get me a job if I didn’t mind working hard. There was always an opening in the Road Construction crew, most men didn’t make it long before their bodies gave out or they found something new.
I accepted. I waited until my last day of work at South Metro before I told Scarlett and Rebecca. As I expected, Scarlett didn’t mind that her Daddy wasn’t going to be saving lives anymore, she thought building safe roads was equally impressive.
Rebecca was nowhere near as easy to persuade. I knew she wanted me to discuss this with her first, I needed to be sure I could make this leap. I didn’t want her to worry, and I wanted to make a grand gesture that I was taking care of her and Scarlett.
She saw it as me sneaking behind her back with Violet-Adele, and conspiring against her. I got the feeling that the only issue was that Violet-Adele knew about the job change before she did, because after all of it was said and done she was fine with the actual job change.
But the work is exhaustive. After my first week on the job, Rebecca got sick of my whining and drew me a bath with some bath salts.
Violet-Adele called to congratulate me on my first week, she didn’t receive any complaints about her recommended hire, and she hopes I keep up the good work.
She doesn’t have to worry though, I may have been late to this grown up party, but girls mature faster than boys. I don’t intend to quit this career. The hours are long though, especially in the beginning, I leave before the sun is up, and come home as the sun is beginning to set. We had to hire Gretchen back as a nanny, but it’s only for an hour before school and after school.
Scarlett loves Gretchen, a whole adult to dote on her, hired for the specific purpose of taking care of her. Unlike her parents, who get tired after a long day of working, Gretchen’s job is Scarlett and playing games.
After Rebecca’s miscarriage, we talked of trying again for another baby, but in the end, Rebecca didn’t want to make that leap. She’s afraid that it will happen again, statistically, one miscarriage makes you more susceptible for another. I imagine there are many people who continue past a miscarriage to have a full family, but Rebecca is a nervous wreck over the mere idea of trying.
We decided we would adopt this time around, Kenzie Goss is our social worker and is finishing up our homestudy visits. This particular visit is all about Scarlett, and how we think she will adjust going from an only child, to sharing the limelight.
Rebecca was a little stumped on how to respond in the best way. We are both honestly concerned over her adjustment, even if she does deal well with it, she’s rather demanding of our attention.
She’s very whiny when she has to do things she doesn’t deem as fun. Often Rebecca will allow Scarlett to sit in the front seat, and take the back seat herself. She really shouldn’t be doing this now, but with another child in the car, this just won’t work.
Then there are times that Scarlett can be considerate, and overall just a sweetheart. Earlier this month, Rebecca came down with a viscous flu, she’d come home from work and fall asleep in her uniform on the sofa. Generally Scarlett demands hugs, a book, and our undivided attention as she recounts her day. But instead, she let Rebecca sleep, and did her homework quietly until I came home from work.
A piece of me worries that a sibling for Scarlett may not be the best thing for her, or maybe it would be the best in the long run, but she’ll think it’s the worst. I admitted to Kenzie that I’m concerned about raising a child that is an unknown personality as well, another attention seeking child may add more conflict to our dynamics.
Part of the homestudy included Kenzie asking Scarlett’s opinion on everything, and as much as we were concerned over her responses, she was very exuberant to have a new sister. She said she would be okay with a brother, but a sister would really be the better of the two. She then prattled on about her best friend, Lulu and how her little brother, Jake sometimes chews on their dolls heads and makes them slobbery.
As Kenzie left she told us that we passed the homestudy. She also assured us that the best parents always have qualms about being able to provide the best for their children, and believes we will do just fine with two children. Now we just need to wait until there is a baby who is in need of a home.
To celebrate, we took Scarlett to the park across the street.
Next on Rebecca’s mind is buying a bigger home, now that the homestudy is over with. I know that our two bedroom house isn’t really big enough to add another child to, Scarlett’s room is packed with her trinkets and treasures. It’s just another big thing though, every time I knock one thing down, she’s setting up two more.
I’d like her to slow down a little with all the planning, and just enjoy this moment we are in. I feel like she’s also three steps ahead of me, and I’m still trying to get my barrings on the last stage we just flew past.
She’s been doing really well selling her pottery to Myra London who then sells it at her Farmer’s Market Stand.
She even has upped her order to be larger, and Rebecca is now stressing if she can fulfill this next large order. Eventually she wants to run her own pottery business, but I’d like her to enjoy this time where she’s in the beginning stages of her art career.
I’d like her to feel honored and proud that locals enjoy her creations, and that Myra thought of her to make this business deal. Instead she’s just anxious to get to the next stage, and worried if she’s doing well enough where she’s at.
Eventually she wants to quit the diner, but she’s been saying that for years, and I’m not sure she really ever should. She doesn’t seem to be doing well with the stress of this pottery arrangement, and I imagine being an owner adds a whole other slew of responsibilities.
Besides I’m not sure Scarlett would be easily persuaded to accept her quitting. She loves going to the diner and sitting at the counter with Bea and pretending to be adults as they order from the menu.
The two girls are pretty inseperable when they have the opportunity to play together, Bea lives in South Port though, so it’s usually just the weekends when Hazel and Rebecca are working together.
Scarlett spends the most time with Lulu from down the road, they are in the same grade, and are constantly trying to charm sleepovers from the parents.
For winter break we let Lulu stay for two nights, and the girls were beyond thrilled. Rebecca made Christmas cookies, and I arranged with a local company for a surprise.
I kept telling the girls I had a surprise for them, and after their cookies I pretended that surprise was a new holiday flick they hadn’t seen. They couldn’t wait to watch it.
It was nice having the girls oohing and aahhing over the movie, if having two kids can be nice like this, then I’m looking forward to it. I also think another little girl would be equally nice, I like seeing Scarlett having a playmate. Of course, a son would be equally great too, I guess this is why we don’t usually get to pick the gender, just couldn’t decide. During the movie, Rebecca kept whispering to see if I’d paid a certain bill, or if I’d looked at the homes section of the newspaper that day.
The big surprise was a fake Santa for the girls. I had seen a billboard while working on filling pot holes, and decided to call. He came for an hour, ate the cookies, and asked each girl what they wanted for Christmas.
I’m pretty sure this just made us the coolest parents at the Grammar School, and to top off the good parent feeling, Scarlett told Santa she only wanted a little brother or sister for Christmas.
I hope we don’t have to wait too long for that wish to be fulfilled.
I’m back! Sorta! I started playing this household back in June, and redid the Construction Career from MTS in my spare time back then. It’s based on my soon-to-be brother-in-law’s old career in carpentry. I needed another middle class type of job, that could support a family rather well eventually, and this is would be it for Quint.
See, even he was interested in changing to this career:
Still no baby for these guys, no trying, and no oopsy baby, so on to the adoption they go. Lips are sealed on all of that though, as I still need to make up my mind. I built their new house back in June too, so it will all be ready to go once things get set into motion.
I’m going back to once a week updates… I hope. I have crazy amounts of unpacking ahead of me, plus a trip, and you know, being social to my new neighbors (who are seriously wow. awesome! I’ve never lived in suburbia before, they bring you food and wave!!). But once a week shouldn’t be too horribly impossible… *crossing fingers*
Thanks for reading!! 🙂