narrated by: Lily-Mae
I’ve spent my entire life cramped with too many siblings and not enough bedrooms, finally when everyone has moved out, Mom and Dad decide to expand. Now the house is huge, and I don’t know what to do with all the space. It’s weird having a second floor bedroom too, right down the hall from Mom and Dad. I’m not sure I’m a fan of that.
Elias is moving back home after university to farm the land with Dad, and so he has a huge room that is just waiting for him. Mom intended to keep it empty but then she started putting furniture in. Dad is still babysitting my nieces, and now the grandkids have a room to nap in during the day or for sleepovers.
Grace’s kids love spending time here even more than before. I don’t blame them, I wish it was like this when I was younger.
They even installed an outdoor light so Dad could work later in the fields if necessary, but it really allows the kids to play outside longer without worries of tripping over farm equipment.
As much as I love my nieces, dinner time is a fiasco. I don’t know if my older brothers and sisters were this wild at this age, I wasn’t born back then, but Mom has more patience than me.
They do weird things like when Tillie drank bubble solution, which seems obvious that it’d be gross.
Isla enjoys tormenting her sisters, then getting angry when she’s reprimanded. Mom clicks her tongue as she storms off and remarks that Emma was that way too. I wouldn’t know, they were in their twenties when I was born.
It’s hardwork to get everyone to even sit down and eat, despite whining about being hungry ten minutes before. I think it’s great that my parents can raise all of these kids, but I think two would suit me much better.
They recently stayed super late so that Grace and Benjamin could go on a date downtown. I was relieved when they finally came to pick up the girls, there is just so much more noise at dinner with four little girls than there is when it’s just me and my parents.
I do adore the girls though, and we do have a fun time. I’m just at an age where I’m expected to help with keeping an eye on them, and changing diapers or giving Hatty a bath.
Mom is always a mess when they leave, I came upstairs one day to find her crying in my room to Dad about how empty the house was now. She even asked Dad if they could have another baby, which floored me. Seven kids seems plenty to me, and the quiet is sort of nice, no more bickering with the twins and Zilla.
Dad squashed her baby request, but encouraged her that one day Elias would move back, eventually marry and have a slew of kids too. That momentarily brightened her mood, but everyone knows that it will be many years before Elias brings home a baby. I don’t think Mom hopes that, but the rest of us logical folks do.
Dad managed to get a crop planted this summer, so we are busy harvesting the crops. There is an abundance that we aren’t entirely certain how to handle. Eventually Dad wants to set up a shop, but he doesn’t want it on the property and isn’t in a position to take on more debt.
One business is enough for our family at the moment. Mom still has her own personal garden for our family fridge, and she’s struggled to keep it in good health this year.
Mostly she has been occupied with training me the ropes at Zoe-Gen Bridal. It started out as a chore, but I’m actually enjoying it all very much. She asked my sister, Emma to come down and play as different customers so I could learn how to sell.
Neither of Mom’s employees are happy with this development. They seemed fine with me working the registers, probably because I did so very poorly. Mom had expected a young person like myself to catch on quickly, but that was not the case.
Bethany Louie is constantly glaring at me, I’ve caught her in the act, and have had customers inquire about it. It’s quite disturbing to a customer, but usually works in my favor to close the sell. Mom does pay a small bonus on commission too, and I’ve heard Marta and Bethany gripe that I was cutting into their income, but I swear that I barely sell anything at all.
They are both in splendid moods when Mom has me working on stock. I would have thought it’d be an easier job, but I hate fussing with all the numbers and instock percentages. I’d rather be on the floor working with customers and helping them find the perfect dress for their occasion.
I think they both have unreasonable expectations, obviously my Mom is going to teach me her business if I’m willing. On top of that, sometimes it’s their own tactics that cause them a sale and has everything to do with them, and not me.
Mom hired Bethany a few years ago, and she’s never really found her place. It’s a small boutique, and it’s awkward how no one really gets along with Bethany. She does her job well enough though that Mom can’t fire her just because she’s not her favorite person in the world. Marta is more aggressive over it all, she’s Mom’s assistant manager and has every intention of buying Zoe-Gen from my Mom.
It irritates Bethany at how uppity Marta can be, so she was beside herself with glee when Marta made a major faux pas. Allegedly, Bethany came into work late having left behind her housekey and found Marta hooking up with a stranger that was not her boyfriend, Cesar.
She immediately told my Mom the next morning, and Mom did not believe her.
She did ask Marta, but she denied the entire thing. Seeing that Bethany doesn’t aspire to steal this business from me, I tend to believe her over Marta, who would have everything to lose.
A few years ago, I wouldn’t have said that I wanted to take over the business and keep it in the family and maybe I will change my mind. But I do know that Mom has been teaching me sewing, and I’ve really enjoyed working with her.
As certain as I can be at twelve, I think I’d like to take it over one day, and hire new staff when I do. Thankfully Mom is fully in support of keeping Zoe-Gen in the family.
Notes: Nicole wants yet another baby, good gracious! No lady! No more! Lily-Mae actually matches well for Mayor, but her wants the entire session had to do with sewing projects and earning badges for the shop, she was very eager to learn the business and I would love for her to own it. She’s kind of cemented herself into that role unless something crazy happens between now and then.
Marta ACR’d with that guy, who is the same guy that Emma kissed at FMRock. He’s really making his rounds recently. I don’t think this bodes well for her and Cesar, I really don’t want him to end up with another cheater.
Tillie ended up getting chubby while in the care of her grandparents, I was quite humored by this. I know my parents were always fattening up my kids until one lost it on their kitchen floor from all the sweets.
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