narrated by: Mandy
Of all the time that we’ve spent being the parents of Violet-Adele, George has always tried to rein me in. He insists that Vi takes my love and good intentions, and views it as nagging. Which I would agree with, but since she announced her engagement to Etienne, I have been very laid back. I’m not fussed over wedding plans, or when they’ll eventually (hopefully) have a family.
My biggest concern inregards to Vi, was that she would be alone in the world after me and George are gone. Her brother and sister both have their own families, and even grandchildren when it comes to Finn, and thinking of Vi all alone, was suffocating for me. Oddly enough, George is more keyed up about the wedding than I am.
They came over to announce that they were doing a destination wedding, and George didn’t take it well. I could tell that I wasn’t the only one surprised by this.
He started a persuasive argument off the cuff that did little to persuade anyone. I wouldn’t mind if they got married on the moon, or if we weren’t invited. Though I would prefer to be there, I wouldn’t have caused a scene. But we are invited, and we have plenty of money to make the trip to Queen Victoria Isle.
For the first time that I can recall, Vi actually got upset with her Dad. It almost always me that I really enjoyed not being the one attacked for once.
Needless to say, they still intend to get married this summer, and we are invited.
I don’t know if it was me taking a backseat to Vi’s affairs, or just her wanting a Mother for some wedding shopping, but she invited me and Hazel to help her find a bridal gown.
We both felt a bit emotional in that first dress, though it was clearly not the right one. My emotion was a bit different than Vi’s though, as she is distressed over her hair. She’s attempting to grow it out for the wedding updo, but she’s never had long hair in all her life, and doesn’t know what to do with it. I’ve never been one for long hair myself, so I don’t have any suggestions other than to check out her nieces salon.
Hazel is worried about the money for the trip. Her and Jude were invited, but no kids. Vi wants the entire event to be romantic for all the couples, like a second honeymoon. Which I think sounds lovely.
I realize that Hazel can’t just leave the kids home alone, Bea just turned fifteen, and has a boyfriend. Not to mention that the younger boys are constantly into mischief. I don’t have any solutions though.
We went out for coffee to look over wedding ideas. There isn’t much to plan for a destination wedding, they even put the flowers up, you just pick the colors. But most of the talk was Hazel trying to get Violet-Adele to allow the kids to attend.
She suggested putting them in a separate hotel room, and having them skip the actual ceremony as well. She said that Vi would never know they were there at all.
I could tell that Violet-Adele was beginning to feel badly, but not wanting to relent on her wedding plans. So I suggested that Hazel just ask her brother, once she finds out that he’s not going. I don’t believe that Finn and Nicole would be inclined to leave, especially with the farm needing attention in the summer.
That seemed to temporarily solve the problem of the children.
We adore Hazel’s kids, we try to be accessible to all of our grandchildren, but there’s no denying that we have more access to Hazel’s family than Finn’s. We went over during the holiday break, and even their friends know us.
They invite George over to watch them play and do a few rounds on the racetrack. He has always enjoyed kicking back to some video games with the younger generation, whereas I don’t really have the patience for such a thing.
I’m less fun than George in that regard. I do enjoy the grandkids, but I don’t crack jokes like he does.
They have a long standing joke with a joy-buzzer. They haven’t tried it on me since they were little kids, but George always plays along.
Then has a little joke back. Roman loves it.
I sometimes find myself wishing I was a boisterous fun like George. Though I know I have a great relationship with all the grandkids, it would be nice to be the fun-one.
When Jude came home, we discussed paying for their air and hotel for the wedding.
They were a bit hesitant to agree, but I think the notion behind a child-free, destination wedding is great for all marriages, new and old alike. Me and George have more than enough money to get us through our remaining years, and I like to be able to lend a hand to our family when there’s a need.
I think that’s why George tends to be more of a parent than a fun-grandpa with Chaz. I don’t necessarily believe that Emma’s kids need more restrictions than they get, but there is a difference in our relationship.
The twins are constantly into mischief, and I really appreciate that me and George can still drive into South Port to lend a hand to Emma. I want their relationship to stand strong, and I always try to be available for them to have some time out without bringing the kids.
As cute as all the grandkids and great-grandkids are, I can still say that I fully enjoy naptime, maybe even more than I did when mine were little. I’m just not as spry as I once was, and picking up toddlers and bending over all the time begins to wear my back.
It is quite nice to see all the different personalities of the children, and to think back that they all exist just because me and George fell in love. I’m quietly looking forward to Violet-Adele having a baby, and seeing what that little person will be like, and I really hope they have one. It’s been far too long since I’ve had a grandbaby.
Notes: I thought Violet-Adele would have a destination wedding. Originally I wanted to get my vacation island hood finished. I’m loosely basing it off the Bahamas, which has a Queen Victoria staircase, and so I lazily named mine Queen Victoria’s Isle. But I have not even worked on it at all… so the wedding will happen this upcoming summer in the game, and I will likely throw something together at the last minute. Eek.
I really want them to have a baby asap too! They both have unique genetics since Violet-Adele is adopted (she did have real parents many years ago, but I never brought them over, so she’s unique now!). George and Mandy haven’t had a grandchild (not including greats) since Roman was born, eleven years prior. So Violet-Adele finally having a baby will help fulfill some really old wants! I do wish that greatgrandchildren fulfilled the grandchild want.
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