narrated by: Morgan
The girls celebrated their tenth birthday last month, and Lewis moved to university around the same time. Hard to believe that I finished with one teenager just for the girls to start that joyous time all too soon. My parents like to think they had it rough raising me, but they lack all realization on what it is like to raise twin girls that are filled with silly bones.
Mom and Dad think it’s adorable, the girls have softened their hard edges in a way that I never had. I have no doubt though that they would not be quite so pleased with their antics if they were raising them personally.
They are incredibly neat children though, I don’t have to get on them to clean up their room, or make their beds. They even brush their teeth without instruction, which is something that Lewis never did.
Things had been easier with Lewis when he was a child, unfortunately most of my marriage he has been a teenager. He’s sensitive in a rage-filled way just like his Dad, and I can only hope in time that he will find a more calm center. I like to hope that if something unfortunate were to happen to me, that the girls wouldn’t be bent on finding a step-Mom evil just because of the title.
But the girls aren’t as serious as Lewis ether, and that trait might help them take things in stride as they grow up. The girls find humor in everything, and are always bouncing off the walls, they like to entertain themselves with old nineties workout videos on rainy days.
Only Cicely can find enjoyment in reading, while Vivienne is still bouncing off the walls and discussing all the latest school ground gossip. Cicely is reading through my medical books; her latest accomplishment was a Couples Counseling book, she finds technical books on medicine to be fascinating, that I hope she will continue the family profession of medicine.
I’m mostly just concerned that Vivienne will want to grow up to be in the circus or something else full of nonsense. She’d do it too, just to be obstinate towards me. She’d probably talk all her friends into joining too, then all the neighbors would passionately hate me instead of being intimidated by me.
I get called into work often, and Zeke was promoted to an Independent Designer which has been great, but it means that he brings his work home which he never did in the past. That leaves the girls to their own devices while he’s occupied, and Lewis isn’t here anymore to lend a hand.
They think I’m unaware that they are sneaking in bags of chips and bottles of sugared juice and then proceeding to eat them obnoxiously in the Family Room, my room that is for relaxing and is not for electronic devices or food.
They are not that neat at eating chips, they get crumbs on the floor. In my weekly adventures in vacuuming under the cushions, I always find more crumbs. I haven’t put a stop to it though, because I’m certain it’d just fuel their mischief more and a few crumbs are nothing compared to the real trouble they could get into.
Besides I’m always being called into work even on Independence Day, that I hate to spend any time at home reprimanding them over trivial things. The girls are used to me bowing out of family fun to help someone in need, but it doesn’t mean we are always happy about it.
Zeke asked his parents to join them downtown at Seaside Square for the celebrations. He doesn’t like being the only adult at these types of situations, mostly because the girls are old enough now to entertain themselves and he’s stuck just keeping an eye on their whereabouts. It was the first year that South Port did an actual festival for the holiday outside of a few fireworks here and there, it was all thanks to Mayor Bekah Grimsley.
Zeke said there was a good turnout with people of all ages and backgrounds, which is saying a lot for Mayor Bekah’s abilities. It’s not easy getting the community to mix it up and come together in celebration.
Cicely was thrilled to see fireworks, we don’t make it a habit of going out on these type of party holidays. I’m usually called in for some type of accident, firecrackers are a big one in particular for July.
But I was able to make it out just in time to watch the show, Cicely was happy I’d come but she was very preoccupied that the show was about to start. I’ll miss when the girls are teenagers, and off shopping with their friends and only wanting money from me.
It was quite a show, and the younger crowd was really invigorated over the entire event. The girls couldn’t stop talking about it after it was over, and wanting for Zeke to buy his own fireworks to let off at home. He suggested maybe for New Years Eve he would do that, and now they are excited about another holiday.
As for the hospital, I made Chief of Staff last fall when my Mom retired. It started a chain of events that I hadn’t seen coming. First, Dr. Marcus Dwyer quit and transferred to another hospital in another state, and left his wife and kids behind. Miriam is still working at Longfellow Elementary, and I recently bumped into her to find that the divorce had been finalized. Everyone knew he was more inclined to the bachelor ways, but I had still been taken by surprise by how it all unfolded.
I’m working on hiring nearly an entirely new staff. It’s just me and Caroline left of the old, and a lot of open slots for new blood.
Hadley is back with us as an intern while she is in med school. She is hoping to do her residency here afterwards, but I can say that Caroline really hopes that doesn’t come to pass.
She is abrasive, she is wanting to work in surgery or emergency services and keep patient coddling to the nurses. It doesn’t quite work out so cut and dry though she has a strong mind for surgery. She would do well to take some courses on how to not piss off everyone around you, but I don’t see that happening anytime in the future.
I’m also hiring Alice for our counselor. She’s working on her masters to be able to offer more services, but her basic will work fine for the time being.
I hope to gain another nurse to help Caroline with her shifts, and then I think we will be pretty well-rounded though a third physician wouldn’t be horrible by any means. I’m sure that Caitlyn hoped for the same thing when she scheduled an appointment with me.
Honestly, I did too. I have zero desire to be my step son’s girlfriend’s doctor. It’s too much information about a person that I don’t really want to have, and it’s hard to be a professional in these instances. Though this was my first real experience with this awkwardness.
Despite all my intervention over the years, and providing Lewis with birth control, she still wound up pregnant. It was very difficult to control my upset and to just be her doctor in that moment. Zeke was going to lose it, and I hated knowing this even one second without his knowledge. It was all too big and frankly, horrible to keep to myself.
She had brought Rachael with for support. I haven’t seen her in years despite her and Lewis maintaining their friendship. I still picture her as the little girl that would play with Lewis out front of their old duplex. They’d bonded over the loss of a parent back then, and it’s nice that they’ve been able to keep in touch despite all the moving both families have done since then.
Caitlyn was visibly upset over the news, she had just gotten set up in Westfall Hall at EU, and was already thinking how dorm living wasn’t going to work. She quickly began hyperventilating that she might not even be able to finish college and would wind up a loser like her Dad. Mechanically I went through the baby’s measurement, assured her there was only one as she is a twin herself the risk was higher for twins, she seemed to take that as good news. And her due date is in January, I suggested she might want to take a semester off, maybe do summer classes to make up for it after the baby is a bit older.
Rachael seemed to step in with some sunny outlook, about how it was a baby and babies are always a blessing. I’ve never been of that opinion. In my profession, there are many people that should not have children, but do so anyway and it’s no means a blessing for ether party.
She called Lewis to meet her at the hospital, I would have been suspicious, but Caroline had been spying on them for me, and didn’t think he suspected a thing. He took the news well. I don’t know what I expected, he can be moody and the dumbest crap can make him blow up. That said, he’s always been relaxed around his friends in a way that he isn’t with me and Zeke, he’s even wonderful with Vivienne and Cicely.
All I can think is that they are delusional. A baby is not a good thing your freshman year of college, they have set themselves up for failure, and I don’t even know what to hope for with them. I don’t really think they are prepared for marriage, let alone a baby, and I hate that most of this burden falls on Caitlyn.
Being a woman is rough when the baby is stuck in you for nine months, and typically considered your responsibility. I called Zeke as soon as they had gone, I couldn’t wait until I got home though I probably should have because the lapsing of an afternoon wouldn’t change anything. He had Lewis come over, and I stayed out of the entire conversation.
There are certain things I can put my foot down on, and other things that it’s best I keep my nose clean. This was definitely the latter. I know that if I were involved in the argument that Lewis would suddenly turn everything around on me, or use me as a weakness to attack Zeke.
Irregardless, it didn’t go well. Lewis didn’t have any answers of what he wants to do. He doesn’t want to get married, and he doesn’t want to leave the dorm ether. The fact that he can’t raise a baby in a dorm seemed to be a nonissue to him. I don’t know if he’s thinking Caitlyn can do it solo in her own place while he lives it up in the dorm, or if he’s still adjusting to the unexpected news.
All I know is that Zeke went to the basement to get a drink after Lewis left, and that at forty-two he will be a Grandpa, and in someways I will be a Grandma. It’s all a bit much to take in, but I have to get used to it quickly as Caitlyn will be back for another check-up shortly.
Notes: Remember when Bekah came back to camp and found Caitlyn and Lewis leaving the tent… yeah Baby Traver was created at that moment. Grumble. Lewis has birth control, but Caitlyn doesn’t, I didn’t see her Dad being one to supply that sort of thing, and while Lewis doesn’t technically qualify, Morgan does. All of her kids will get birth control, because I think she’s that type of parent to get it done.
I’m most annoyed because they are like second cousins once removed or something… I barely wanted them to date but allowed it, and they reward me with this! I don’t know what is going to happen in regards to their living arrangements, marriage, boyfriend, break up, I have no idea. But Caitlyn is going to school to be a Social Worker, and now she will have first hand experience with the other end of that field.
Lewis and Morgan have been at odds for a long time, she’s very particular and he doesn’t take well to instruction. Most of their conversations go south very quickly. I hope that as he matures he will get past his hangups, because Morgan is very decent to him.
I also did a Russo family portrait, pretty much a cinch since they only had Morgan.
And the reaction of Caitlyn’s pregnancy in picture form.
and my favorite…. makes me laugh every time.
Thanks for reading!