narrated by: Kenzie
I’ve had a more difficult time with Dean moving to university, than I expected. He moved out all of his belongings and furniture aside from the bed, which the dorm supplied, and I find myself sulking in there when Tyler is occupied. He doesn’t approve of the mopey attitude, but I miss having him home.
We went to visit him at campus, Tyler insisted we give him space for September, and I equally insisted that we visited him the first weekend of October. Of course we talked on the phone regularly the month before, but Tyler had wanted Dean to have time to get himself settled. It is a big adjustment for all of us, and even more so for Dean. But Evie is there with him, and I think they fell into a natural rhythm together.
Evie has been a major part of Dean’s life for the past three years. Despite his uncertainty about them living in the same dormitory, they seemed to have settled in nicely.
Tyler and myself really like Evie, but naturally are hoping that they finish university before they consider things like marriage. She has ambitions in the political field, and he’s still set on joining law enforcement, maybe the CIA. We would both like the kids to get those underway, and so far, that is their plan too.
Most of the time, our house isn’t empty of visitors though. Tyler is one to enjoy peace and quiet; it allows him to dig into his next non-fiction masterpiece, but I like to be surrounded by people. We’ve always been opposite in that regard. I love coming home from work, and finding Lorelei’s car out front.
They haven’t exactly warmed up to each other, but I’m hopeful that in time they will. They are both only children, and I believe, they could use the socialization.
Lewis hasn’t been around. After I suspected he had feelings for Rachael, he just stopped coming around or taking my calls. Zeke confronted him, told him to visit with his Grandma again, but the yelling match in the restaurant, didn’t exactly lead to any change.
We were glad that he had reconciled enough with Caitlyn, to continue helping care for his son, but it hurt that me and Tyler weren’t included with his changes.
Lewis did eventually call though, in the middle of the night, and Tyler was the one to answer the phone.
We drove down together to bail our grandson from jail. Zeke had always been in trouble as a kid, angry all the time, and yet, he had never gotten into trouble with the law.
Officer Charlie Grimsley brought us up to date when we arrived. It was a barfight, but he thought only the owner would press charges for the damages. He felt certain that the other brawler would not have a case, despite Lewis starting the fight.
The cells were so cold, and depressing. I couldn’t believe that Lewis had wound up in a place like this, and clearly in the wrong.
He seemed to be squandering everything, and in his senior year of university. When I came upon him in his cell, he didn’t look remorseful, he just looked angry. I was familiar with that look, it was the same as Zeke had been, when he had blamed the world instead of owning up to his part in things.
He had seemed genuinely surprised to see me there to pick him up, I thought that might be a good sign, but overall, I just felt that Lewis was in for a long lesson in learning.
I had tried to shield Zeke from his temper, and jointly raised Lewis after Brynn died, but I could not invest myself that way for Lewis now. Naturally, I would always be there for him, but I had taken over in many areas for Zeke, that I couldn’t do at this stage in my life for Lewis and his son, Thomas.
Tyler has been telling me since Zeke was a child that I needed to let my family fall sometimes, and be there to pick them up instead of being the trampoline. Finally, I think I understand what he means. It was a quiet drive home, and I text Zeke first thing in the morning to come over.
Zeke came, but he was livid at Lewis but also us for bailing him out of jail. He thought that he deserved to stay the night, and deal with the repercussions of his actions.
There was no great triumph that morning, and Lewis took the first bus back to Eastborugh. He graduates in the spring, and I suppose all we can do is hope that he gets there, and doesn’t get expelled for drunken brawls.
I couldn’t dwell too much on Lewis, Lorelei and Marshal both got sick with the flu. They were in horrible shape, and I took some time off of work to come care for them and Penelope.
She had been fighting it a few days before she called to ask for help, and the house was a mess with dishes and laundry. They mostly slept the entire time I was there, and I stayed until after dinner so that Penelope was mostly taken care of except for bedtime.
She’s two years old now, and they’ve been making great progress with her toilet-learning, that I wanted to keep it up. But it is exhausting!
But overall, it was a delight to get such one on one time with her.
And she plays nicely by herself after her nap, which allows me time to get things in order for Lorelei and Marshal.
When everyone was better, I found that Dean had come home for a surprise visit, and was outside raking our leaves. We have been so blessed to have him as our son, he’s such a polar opposite of Zeke, and just very family-oriented, and thoughtful. Tyler and myself couldn’t be more proud.
After the weekend, I was back to work. Caitlyn has a day without classes, and she is interning at the Human Resources office under me. Sometimes she brings Thomas, and he plays with the toys while she learns the ropes.
She’s very serious about her chosen vocation, and I think she will be a great asset, even if she is my niece and I may be a bit bias.
My time as mayor is beginning to wind down, next November there will be a new election, and I am working to get my platform promise completed. The city builders came by to show me their plans, but they haven’t gotten as far as I would have liked.
We went out in the rain to look at empty properties that we could propose for our project. One was just down the street from Lorelei and Marshal’s house, and it made me happy to think of Penelope and the neighbor kids running over after school, and a basketball court they could play at. The north end of the city already has a few of those amenities, but not the central neighborhoods.
I had wanted a place closer to the schools, but there aren’t any open lots at the moment, so I gave them permission to put the proposal forward. It would require changing the property from residential to community, so the voters have the power here. Otherwise, Etienne suggested that we look for abandoned properties to bulldoze if needed.
When it was all over, we had Penelope over while Tailee our kitty watched her cautiously.
It is because of Penelope, Thomas, and the other children in our county, that I am fired up to get this promised rec center set up for them. I want it to be full of great programs, and find someone who can really take it to the next level once the facility is built.
Notes: I can’t believe that it’s nearly time to vote for a new mayor! I lost steam with the rec center, but am hoping to get it completed before her term is up. Lorelei and Marshal were sick, and I sent Kenzie over to get them well so that it didn’t spread through the hood.
As for Lewis, it was his ROS – Bar fight! What a night — too bad you don’t really remember it. You pick a fight in a bar, then have to pay a $600 fine in damages. I think that was the perfect ros for him if I say so myself! I can’t believe my big 7 graduate university in the spring!
Goss family portrait updated:
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