narrated by: George
This summer has brought many visitors, the house never seems to be quiet, and neither of us are complaining. We relish the time with our children and grandkids, though it seems the grandkids are more happy to see us. A few years back Elias helped Mandy set up her garden, and has recently shared his desire to be a farmer.
He’s been coming over for tutelage from Mandy in regards to crops, soil, and planning. His Mom is a good gardener, but it hasn’t been her passion, as much as a necessity in feeding her large family.
Mandy loves talking, and passing down wisdom. She’s very excited for Elias to start towards his dream, she believes that running, and planting are the two best ways to spend one’s time outside of family. She thinks it will keep him grounded, and remember what is important in life.
I’m more inclined to spend my time with Sydney, as dirt hasn’t been a passion of mine nor does bending down make my knees happy. She’s a good dog, helps to keep us both active, as she never tires of energy until we are heading to bed. Between the grandkids and her, I feel pretty young considering our ages.
We recently got a phone call from Emma asking if they could borrow our camping gear, and if perhaps we could teach Chris how to use it. Apparently he’s gotten the idea that camping is something he needs to accomplish this fall, despite Emma’s lack of enthusiasm.
I think they will have a good time once they get out there, experiencing nature without the noise of the city. Chaz will probably have the most fun, seems kids usually do. I applaud Chris for wanting his son to experience the outdoors.
With all the visitors, it’s been hard getting my exercise in. I’ve been told my cholesterol and blood pressure are too high, so I’ve been put on a strict diet, and mindless hours cycling in Finn’s old bedroom, now the grandkid room. Sydney prefers I run with her, but it’s been hard on my knees this past year, and I accomplish more mileage cycling than walking.
Mandy is always concerned over me, but I told her I have a lot more in me. I don’t really think doctors know much anyways, too addicted to their beliefs in medicine. It isn’t something we can ignore though with our advancing age, and I don’t know who I want to go first, both are so negative that I try to just enjoy the moment instead of fretting over things out of my control.
We both worry about our youngest Violet-Adele though. She’s 32 years now, and still no long term relationship. I would say Mandy worries more than me, or at least for a longer period of time. She is impossible to speak with on that topic as well, which makes it harder.
Perhaps if she told us that she intended to one day settle down and get married, then we wouldn’t be so worried. But we don’t want to leave any of our kids behind without a spouse to spend their time with. I am the only one who is slightly allowed to discuss it, Vi thinks that my concerns are sweet.
But she still doesn’t tell me anything really, other than that I shouldn’t worry, it will all work out. She’s always very short with Mandy, and it breaks her heart that Vi isn’t as open with her as Hazel is. Out of our three children, she only has Hazel that is close with her, and it upsets her greatly.
But she does have Hazel and all her great children. We’ve seen her a lot this summer with Jude away on an album tour, she gets lonely in the house alone, and the kids are out of school for the season.
Mandy tries to get advice on how to talk with Violet-Adele, but her only advice is for Mandy to just back off, and let Vi lead her own life. It isn’t what ether of us want to do, being parents, it’s hard to back off, but I’m sure her method is worth a try.
We had a good time down at Makah Beach though, I built a sandcastle with Monroe.
Roman is in love with Sydney and playing catch on the beach.
We enjoy having the grandkids over, but taking them to a beach is much nicer than cramming into our small house. We’d never moved to a larger one, we raised our family there, seems silly to leave it now. But it does make things crowded, especially with these rambunctious grandkids. So the beach is a great place for all of us to enjoy ourselves, and the kids to be fancy free, while the great outdoors absorbs their noise.
When we have a morning to ourselves, we like to sit outside and watch the birds eat from the feeders. I’d be happy to sip my coffee in silence, but Mandy usually has something on her mind. She’s wanting me to speak with Violet-Adele, to impress on her that we are only wanting the best for her.
I just don’t think that she will understand, never having children of her own. Which Mandy lighted up over, and said I should tell her that she also needs to have a baby, at least one, to enjoy the true miracle of family.
I won’t be telling her any of these things. I’ve decided to keep my distance and enjoy the moment, in both my life, and in my children. We were concerned about Emma after she dropped out of college, but she’s married now, and is going camping. That makes me a firm believer that anything is possible, especially our beautiful daughter getting married one day, when she is ready.
Notes: Violet-Adele is always giving Mandy glares, they aren’t very close, despite Mandy’s wishes. I think it makes sense that they would want her to get married, so they don’t have to be worried about her being alone when they do eventually pass. But I can see why Violet-Adele would be annoyed by that too! And after vacation, Violet-Adele rolls zero wants toward Etienne or anyone else for that matter, I swear only Reed got on her bar! I did lock the engagement want for Etienne, but I want a bit more than a vacation want before I propel her towards him.
I really adore Mandy and George, they really shine as grandparents, better in this role than they were as parents of younger kids. And I will be sad when one of them dies, but it’s not this round! I believe my first scheduled deaths aren’t for two more rounds, that’s like more than a year away (real life, crazy), unless any of my new age ups score super poorly on their death rolls.
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