narrated by: Kenzie
Caitlyn is at Eastborough University with the intent to take over my job at social services when she graduates. I’m not a spring chicken anymore, and though I don’t relish the idea of blank-slated afternoons, I can’t balance this lifestyle as well as I once could.
Now everything is up in the air though with Caitlyn winding up pregnant. She is having to ride the bus from university all the way to the northside of South Port to utilize the very services she was intent on offering.
I force my grandson, Lewis to join her, she shouldn’t be on a bus for that long alone, and he needs to take responsibility from the jump. It isn’t going well, and I’ve been thoroughly disappointed in Lewis. After his mother died, I practically raised him while Zeke worked, and we both raised him better than this.
He’s blaming Caitlyn on this, especially since he uses protection and she didn’t keep up with hers. As logical as that may be, no one forced him to be intimate especially since he knew she wasn’t on anything.
He’s stompy and stormy, and scowls off much like his Dad did when he was younger. While Zeke eventually outgrew his horrid attitude, it took many years to get there with the help of his second wife Morgan and just eventual age. Lewis doesn’t have that luxury, I can’t raise his new baby as I once helped raise him, and his Dad is in no position ether to take on the responsibility.
I know my brother, Ethan won’t be much assistance, but he isn’t happy with this happening to his baby girl, so he intends to visit her at campus when able to lend a hand. With my brother, it is always more of a, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But Caitlyn is positive that he will come through, and I’d admit he’s always had a soft spot for her.
Irregardless of how messy it all is, and how inopportune the time is, it is my great grandchild she is carrying, and we can joke that at least she will know the system on both ends when it’s all said and done. I just really need her to stick it out. I went through university with Zeke in tow, his “Dad” was just a basketball player that rode off on a sport scholarship. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.
I dismissed Caitlyn, then reemed into my grandson. If logic and calm won’t work, then maybe some harsh words from his Grandma will. It’s absolutely disgusting that he isn’t planning to move to family housing with Caitlyn and the baby. She can’t very well hire a nanny to watch the baby, they need to be a team even if they don’t get married.
I got him to promise he would consider, but he is stubborn like his Dad, and I don’t hold much value in his word.
At home, Dean recently turned fifteen and came down to my work to find a job in law enforcement. He’s done so well that he’s promoted straight to the top of the field. He takes this as a sign that he’s meant to be in Law Enforcement or a CSIA when he grows up.
He started seeing a girl named Evie, they seem rather smitten. I’m always cautious of youthful romances, but I’m even more on guard with the Lewis-Caitlyn debacle.
Apparently his dating got Willa up in arms, and she’s started flirting with him. Dean is very uncomfortable with her forthcoming ways, and has had to rebuff her rather strongly.
I don’t really enjoy when he hangs out at Mixed Tape, it’s the teen hot spot with no parents to be found, just some people that maintain the property and keep a very leisurely eye on things.
The only positive is that Dean usually bumps into Ella, and they’ve really hit it off in a big brother-little sister sort of light.
I’ve been invested with her for the majority of her life, but have had to take a backseat this past year. She’s settled in fine with Cesar, and while her Dad, Matt is a loss cause, he isn’t doing anything that is considered illegally neglectful. The only thing she really has to do out of the norm is visit a counselor, and that isn’t me.
They invited us to dinner, and Lorelei announced that they were pregnant and due in August. I am not inpatient for babies, but I know how much Marshal has been wanting this, so I’m even more thrilled.
It’s nice that they’ve taken things slow, I know that my twin sister, Delaney is obsessed with tortoise-speed, but with the stark contrast of Lewis’ baby coming soon, it really is a relief. I can enjoy this phase of becoming a Grandma again with much more joy than I can with Lewis, his parenthood is fraught with worry and concern.
The pregnancy has been especially hard on her, and she’s barely just found out. It seems to be cementing the idea of only one, but Marshal is still not agreeing to that. He hedged that if they had a son then maybe, but only because he wants his family surname to continue, nothing against a daughter. Ideally he’d like one of each, or two of the same; he really can’t decide. It’s all for naught though as he doesn’t get to pick, they just sort of work out the way they were meant.
To add to the chaos, I’ve decided to run for mayor this month. It really came out of the blue, we’d barely had time to discuss since voting takes place this very month. It was so sudden that Tyler was forced to take Dean driving with his permit since I was unable to carve the time out.
The entire spotlight of running for Mayor has positively traumatized Tyler who is very much a shy, hermit of a husband. It’s enough for me to drag him out of the house to take a walk or visit my sister, but being on television has him mortified to the extent of nightmares. Dean isn’t as extreme as Tyler and volunteers to help out with the cold-calls that we have to do.
My nephew, Peter and his new wife Elise even came out to lend a hand. Peter had all sorts of ideas for campaigning online and how to appeal to the younger crowd, but there just isn’t time for that. We have to use the tried and true, and maybe one thing online.
Marshal brings Lorelei out, and he helps man the phones for donations and encouraging voters to vote for me. Lorelei is there to cheer me up, when I begin to feel stressed or think I’m insane for taking this on, she’s there with her non-exsistent belly bump, reminding me that at summer’s end, I will get to meet their bundle. She instantly makes me happy.
Irregardless of the voting outcome, there are two babies coming into my life in the next year, and I have a good family at home to support me and my endeavors to help the community and on a smaller scale, Caitlyn’s baby.
Notes: Kenzie is very busy, and Tyler is a serious homebody. He did knock out another novel, bringing in his usual $12,000+, which they need because Kenzie makes next to nothing in social services! Lorelei got pregnant visiting her parents, finally rolled low enough! I’m very excited about the new baby.
Dean came home with Evie and had the want to go steady with her, she’s a vacation townie, so I don’t know why she’s riding the bus. At Mixed Tape, Willa started ACR flirting with Dean, who rejected, and she also rolled the want to fall in love with Dean, but he was not interested. Dean really did get max promotions for the teen law enforcement, a promotion a day! Now to get his grades up, I might actually have an all-star teen on my hands.
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