narrated by: Itzel
Recently Dad had, what he thought, was a brilliant idea. He was no longer mayor, and pushing retirement age himself, and he thought that his Mom should move in with us. She’s been out in Millwood all alone for years now. This isn’t the first time that Dad has wanted to move her in, but Grandma has never heard of it before.
I think Mom was expecting a vacation, she was pretty taken by surprise. Most of us thought that Grandma would just live on her own until the end, she’s rather stubborn. But Dad insisted that eighty was too old to be without family.
Mom kept protesting that Grandma has so many cats, as if that was deterrent enough. We are a one dog kind of family, but Dad didn’t seem to think that a couple of cats were enough to leave his Mom alone in another town.
Of course Mom caved. Probably because Dad hadn’t even brought it up to Grandma yet.
She really didn’t like the idea of it ether. She wasn’t as concerned about her cats as Mom, but more that she would be in our way. I also think that we will be in her way, living alone for all these years doesn’t make it easy to suddenly have a bunch of roommates.
Dad lawyered her though until she agreed. She’s already sold her Farmer’s Market in this last year, and didn’t have anything but her house to hold her to Millwood.
Suddenly Mom feels like she has a toddler in the house again, because Grandma keeps distracting the butler from his duties. I think they might have a crush on each other, but that disturbs both my parents so I don’t mention it.
Mom swears that the butler gets less done now than when we were little and making giant messes.
Whenever Mom gets home, she finds Grandma down on the beach, acting all nonchalant as if she didn’t spend the entire afternoon gabbing the butler’s ear off. Mom is beside herself with how to reprimand a grown woman. Milo suggested they set her up for speed dating, but I was the only one who laughed.
Alice came home from Eastborough this summer, but only for two weeks. She started college planning to be an actress, much to our parents shock, but has settled on something more respectable, a counselor. So she’s been taking classes through the summer to get caught up with her new major.
I feel like we never got to be super close, when I was finally a teenager, she was on her way out the door to university. I’m always leaps behind her, but me and Milo are getting a long better then we ever have. I joined an Astronomy Club this summer, and he is cool enough to go with me, though he has about zero interest in stars outside of the big dipper.
It was down at Makah Beach, and it was creepy walking through the forest to reach the shore. But Milo was there, and seemed nonplussed so I had to keep up my big sister appearance.
There were quite a few of us science lovers in the group, and the whole thing was led by my best friend’s step-dad, Gideon. He’s a scientist, doing some experiments at Eastborough University.
I actually saw a shooting star, which is uncommon in July. Gideon told us that August is the month for shooting stars, and then went into the fact that they weren’t stars at all actually.
Afterwards, a Millwood kid named Simon was trying to talk with me about it all. I guess he’s really into astronomy, more than I am.
He knew all about me, he’s been in Milo’s class since kindergarten, but I don’t think he ever came over to play at our house. He was always quiet in grade school that he never made it on my radar, but then again, I’m dreadfully quiet at school too.
I’m hoping that Gideon does more with our Astronomy Club, even though I don’t plan to go to college to be a scientist, it was a lot of fun hearing stories under the stars and meeting people with common interests.
Since Alice is home, it seems that everything lately is about careers and education. Dad and Milo are constantly talking about him being a lawyer one day. Sure it’s swell that he wants to continue the family business, but he’s twelve. He might change his mind, or flunk out of school, or get some girl pregnant. No one knows the future, and I’m tired of planning for it.
Both of my biological parents died, and I don’t think that was in their plan book. So I wish that everyone would just relax a bit, and enjoy the now. I can’t say that I don’t worry about my own longevity, it’s nice for Milo to have a Grandma in her eighties who is still going strong, but I don’t have any living relative, seems like a bad sign.
It’s not like teen pregnancy isn’t on Mom’s mind though. With Alice, came her friend Julia, and all Mom could do was beat around the bush. She didn’t want to outright ask about how things were with Nolan. I could tell she really wanted to know how a Mom could leave her kid to go to school, but simultaneously was applauding her for doing just that.
If I were Julia, I’d just want to run away. It seems like everyone around here knows her story, and is too curious about her personal business. I never want a limelight, let alone that particular one.
I didn’t tell Mom that me and Caleb Gray kissed. Alice was forbidden to date in high school, so I already know the drill. Besides it’s summer vacation now, and with dating being forbidden, it isn’t like I’m seeing Caleb at all anyway. For all I know he’s found someone else to call his girl this summer.
I do like to talk about it with my best friend, Linnea, but Milo has gotten it into his head that he loves her too. So he’s getting hard to escape when Linnea comes around. I begged him to just stay in his room when she came over, but he wasn’t interested in that.
As soon as she arrived, he went surfing. He kept begging us to join him, but I’m sure he liked Linnea watching him better.
He was disappointed when he saw we went inside, so naturally he followed us up to my room. He’s a cool brother, but there are times when girls want to have girl talk. Plus him kissing my best friend would be sick.
It’s because of this, that me and Linnea volunteered to take care of her little sister Dahlia while her parents work.
Milo has no way to get out to Millwood, and Dahlia is a pretty cool two year old. I really like the entire community, there was a lemonade stand by Molly Welsh. If I did a lemonade stand in my neighborhood, there would be zero buys. There are only a few houses right on the ocean, and none with kids.
We saw Elias with his sister Lily-Mae there too. It just seems like a community that is more friendly. Our parks are on the North side, and all are in disrepair. Dad tried changing things when he was the Mayor, but Mom was adamant that he fix the schools instead.
Dahlia is beyond easy going, she gets on that rider toy, and she’s happy to stay all afternoon long.
Leaving us with plenty of time to talk about Caleb, and if Linnea has heard if he’s dating anyone else this summer. At this point, I don’t know if the kiss meant anything, maybe he just wanted to get that first kiss out of the way. She also lost her Dad before she was born, so we can talk about dead parents, and she’s the only one that I know that really gets that loss.
I care about Caleb and what is happening or not between us, but I also don’t care. My biological parents were high school sweethearts, but they were best friends first, and dated later. And I don’t think Caleb Gray is my destiny, especially with my parents strict rules on dating. Though they may loosen up, maybe Grandma will talk them into it. After all, Mom now loves the cats.
And if Mom can change her mind on cats, I’m sure she can change her mind on dating. I don’t see how they will keep both me and Milo from it once we set our minds to it.
Notes: Alice fits well for teacher or counselor, so she’s changing to the counselor career, only because I have others that fit well for teacher too, and while I need one, I’ve been dying for a counselor. Itzel would fit counselor well too if she wasn’t detrimentally shy, I just don’t see her chasing down something that would make her uncomfortable on a daily basis, her other match was librarian, and I think that is perfect for her! I love when the criteria’s make so much sense.
Caleb and Itzel kissing was done autonomously in the school update, but she isn’t rolling wants for him, I nearly forgot they kissed because of her lack of care. Milo obviously has the hots for Linnea, he has lots of wants for her, but Linnea has zero interest in romance.
I just love the last photo of Lucy playing with the cat in the bathroom while Cole is busy. She really did learn to love the cats. Poor Myra though, she has tons of gardening wants and there is no where to plant a garden on their property. I wish you could do a planter garden on the deck and that it would count.
Thanks for reading!