narrated by: George
It’s pretty quiet during the week with just me and Mandy. Usually it’s just Sydney freaking out about the mailman to break the silence of the house. We did family photos recently, and I can honestly say that we never imagined our family blossoming in the way it has through the generations. When we had Finn and Hazel, we never envisioned great grandchildren, but have seven now because of Finn’s oldest daughters.
Grace’s girls are constantly calling to chat with me as well, they find me humorous, and I’m sure it would boggle Finn’s mind. We’ve butted heads over the years, and I don’t think ‘funny’ is a word he’d use to describe me.
I believe we are mostly amended though, at minimum we haven’t had any issues in some years. He allowed Lily-Mae to come with us to the downtown theater. We treated Bea and Lily-Mae to an opening night play, and the girls were thrilled. Nicole even sewed the girls special dresses for the occasion.
Mandy had come up with the idea, knowing Bea’s heart for theater. She’s good at that sort of thing, knowing what someone loves and finding a way to make it possible. With health problems in the past, I’m always mindful of a future without me in it, and the legacy I want to leave behind for my family. Mandy really helps to make it more impactful with the genuine ways we can touch our children and grandchildrens’ lives.
The theater production was magical, Bea was enamored more than she was with her first movie theater experience.
She gasped along with the crowd, and Lily-Mae enjoyed herself even though drama isn’t her favorite form of entertainment.
I’m with Lily-Mae on that, theater is not my first choice for an evening, but seeing Bea’s excitement really made it come alive. It’s true that seeing things through the youths eyes can bend the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Bea vowed that she would join the theater group, or at minimum clean the floors just to have a foot in the door. Mandy said she’d help in anyway that she could, but she’s not as influential as she believes herself to be, especially in the art field. If Bea wanted a good position in a marathon then maybe she could help out, or if she was curious what bugs were eating her strawberries, but that’s about the extent of her reach.
At the end of the month, the kids threw an 80th birthday party for me. Thankfully Mandy intervened and hosted the party at our house. As much as I enjoyed renting out The Red Mill in honor of Mandy some years ago, I am more comfortable celebrating at home with my family in casual clothes. I like to see the kids play and get dirty without worry.
It’s nice seeing the great grandchildren and how they get along so well with one another. Finn had separated himself from our family for such a long period of time that the grandkids never grew very close. I believe Bea and Lily-Mae are the first to become friends and it took years of effort by me and Mandy.
We don’t have the interior space for everyone, we usually host outdoors and thankfully the weather is usually cooperative, but it doesn’t mean no one comes inside. When we have the family over, I feel the itch to have a larger home, but Finn is taking care of that with adding on to his farmhouse. I’m not disillusioned to believe he’s adding it to host extended family parties, but I can see Mandy encouraging it.
We want the family to continue to gather even after we are gone, and each generation to get to know their cousins.
Finn will realize one day that rough spots are normal part of life, and to not judge too harshly. We’ve always stood by Emma even if it went against Finn’s wishes, but she seems to be doing well this fall. We stop by her house regularly, and see her highs and lows, but are hopeful that she is landing on more even ground.
The kids even fronted the bill for an actual bartender to serve drinks, and had the food catered in. Violet-Adele enjoyed this part probably more than I would like. She’s 34 years old, and I wouldn’t say that I’ve given up on her, but I’m definitely not worried about her getting married. I don’t think Mandy will ever find that peace though.
But she has lots of great-grandkids now to keep her occupied too. Mandy was never a huge fan of toddlers, but she absolutely loves that age when they aren’t her own children. It always humors me how they have such strong opinions from a little age, they know what they want and are vocal to make it known.
I did find Vi inside playing some dated video games with Oliver’s roommate Isaiah. I wouldn’t say I heard a wedding procession, but she looked a bit enamored with him.
There is romance all over though with Finn’s kids. Elias brought his girlfriend Rachael home with him from university.
We met yet another girlfriend of Oliver’s, Brooklyn. Her parents are actually our neighbors, but we don’t know them well. Her Mom has taken to breeding large breed dogs, and the entire house is rather loud and chaotic.
Mandy is hopeful that Oliver will actually propose this time around, and start a family. She hopes that Oliver will leave the city to move out to Millwood, she adores having Grace’s family so close, and Finn is just down the country road behind our house. If all of our family descended on Millwood, and Violet-Adele settled down, she’d be one happy woman.
For now she has to make-do with what we have, and try to be patient for the things to come.
I really believe that one day all of our children will find someone to share their life with, and if a few don’t have any children, that’s okay too. Heaven knows we have plenty of children to keep everyone occupied.
Notes: So… I accidentally pulled Isaiah Gavigan to the party because he lives with Oliver. And he *really* hit it off with Violet-Adele, they didn’t become like one another ‘ones’ or roll wants of a serious nature, but they made good use out of Mandy and George’s bed. (Who didn’t?! Sheesh!) Violet-Adele just doesn’t roll romantic wants, she’s an ACR kind of girl that gets it on and gets back to work. Isaiah is still dating his crazy girlfriend too.
Mandy still rolls wants to talk with Paloma and Meg, Oliver should probably stop bringing all these girls home to his grandparents, she gets rather attached to them!
Here’s George and Mandy’s legacy.
Evan was cute playing on some old toys, and her twin, Dax kept pestering Benjamin for attention, that he wound up spending most of the party throwing Dax in the air.
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