narrated by: Leah
I’ve spent my entire marriage just going along with the popular vote, which meant that I lived with my inlaws for my entire adult life, and raised all of my children under their strong presence and vocal opinions. Until we sold the cabin a few years back, I had at least a bedroom that was decorated to my taste.
After her passing, it became abundantly clear to Grant that we needed to move. It was his childhood home, and he works at his family business; he has never had to say goodbye to anything or anyone. The move was especially hard for him and Merrill.
It wasn’t hard to keep my excitement low key, we had decided with the move that it was time to inform Nolan of his parentage. We called Julia and arranged for her to be there for the family meeting.
He didn’t take the news well. I had expected there might be anger, but overall he was just overly wounded. He is a sweet child, much like his Mother, Julia, who was always my most generous daughter. It made it all the more heartbreaking though.
He had many questions, mostly why, and Julia didn’t have any ready answers for him. She didn’t feel adequate to raise him at fifteen years old herself, and he seemed to accept that, but when he asked why she had never come to get him after, when she’d finished college, and she was speechless.
Selfishly, I was grateful that Julia had never come to claim him. We’ve raised him as our own, and would have missed him terribly, but it didn’t make any of the heartbreak easier to handle.
He tried to run from the room after no amount of answers and apologies could mend his heart.
Grant stopped him though, and called him back for a hug.
He even agreed to hug Julia, though his heart wasn’t entirely in it. It will take him time to come to grips with the truth, and he didn’t ask much about his biological Dad, who has never claimed him. I hope we can avoid his identity reveal to him for as long as possible.
Nolan was plagued by nightmares the next few nights, which made it all the more difficult for Grant and myself. We wished that he’d never had to know, or was ours truly, if only we could shelter him from the heartache.
We decided to adopt a parrot for him, something he’s wanted for a fair amount of time. It seemed to instantly cheer him, he’s already best pals with our dog Blue, the most trained dog in the county.
He’s enamored with Kiki, while she rather creeps me out with those beady eyes.
I’ve set up an office in the den, and Kiki chomps on seeds and makes a regular mess all day long.
Merrill doesn’t have much time for pets like birds, and remarks that he’s grateful that his hearing isn’t what it once was, as the bird likes to be especially noisy when Merrill uses the PC.
He’s very much a dog man, and takes Blue for late night walks and early morning ones, whenever his insomnia hits.
I’m a night owl, so it’s usually Merrill and me who are up late and watching terrible movies. I’ve always enjoyed Merrill the best, and have come to cherish these nights together. He’s always been a good man, and is definitely who I see reflected in Grant. If he’d been like Norma, I would have never married him!
Simon is still helping out at the Northern Moose, though only about one weekend a month. He’s decided to be a teacher after graduation, and the grim reality that there is no one to take over the Moose after Grant is becoming apparent.
He enjoys helping out the guys, arriving early in the morning for some coffee with his Dad, and getting stock ready for the day. He enjoys the sales too, but his heart isn’t in the outdoors like the patriarchs of his family, and I can’t blame him. He’s always been more like myself then the Millett family.
I had hoped that Hadley and me could have a better relationship now that Norma and her meddling were out of our way, but I think it’s going to be a long journey and I think “good” might be too hopeful of a word.
She is her father’s daughter, and they are thicker than ever before.
She’s always more polite when Nolan is around though I still catch glimpses of her attitude. She really isn’t one to play nice.
Nolan is wanting to be a Vet when he grows up, and I begged Hadley to bring Nolan to work, show him some of the labs. She thought it was rather silly seeing she’s a doctor to people not animals, but she obliged. He is her soft spot.
Mostly though, we just hang out in a quiet silence, I think she misses being home, though she’s never lived in this house. It is nice to have her over when she’s in good spirits.
Most of my days are spent home alone with Blue, who wants constant attention, and a pile of magazines that I’d like to get through. We had always agreed that I’d help with the Moose, and raise the kids. With Nolan in elementary school, I’m home most of the afternoons to await his bus.
Dinner is usually a quiet affair, with Merrill lost in his own thoughts. I never became an accomplished chef, seeing that Norma took control of every domestic duty aside from scrubbing toilets, but I’m getting there. Unfortunately, Merrill prefers non-ethnic food, and his tastes aren’t likely to change. It seems that Nolan agrees, and it’s not dinner without one of the boys whimpering that they miss Norma’s cooking and pies.
Nolan begged to go ice skating with his best friend, Wyatt, and we happily obliged. It isn’t often that Nolan asks for anything, and it’s always nice to visit South Port on the weekends.
Grant had a good time getting out on the ice, though neither of my boys are very talented for the sport.
I’m more of an indoor girl, so I stayed warm with coffee and started a conversation with Alicia Brewer, who it turns out, is our neighbor! It’s weird to not know our neighbors after having lived in the same house for three decades. She was very pleasant, and talked greatly of her two sons.
The boys had a great day enjoying the late winter weather we’ve been given, and I hope there’s a possibility to make friends with our new neighbor. She’s some years younger than me, but not an unseemly amount.
I find that most of all, I’m lonely for girlfriends during the day, and adult conversation with other wives. In all the years of devoting myself to the family and business, I feel like I haven’t carved out time for myself. Here’s hoping a new house, also brings new beginnings for all of us.
Notes: I shared the tour of their new home here and here. Leah seems pretty happy with Norma’s passing, she was bragging of some inheritance money she received, which was nothing compared to Hadley, Merrill, and Grant!
Nolan is turning to a teen shortly, and I thought this was a good time to share the news of his parents. I’m not sure if he’d seek out Isaac at all as a teen, some of my kids I know would, but he’s more shy and into the animal creatures than people. I’m still disappointed that Julia never rolled wants for him. In the game, she’s still his Mom (I didn’t change the family tree), and as a family sim, she should want to interact with him, but there’s nothing.
I don’t know what the future of Northern Moose will be. If anything, I’ll have one of the grandkids take over, and hire a manager to run it, but how sad. It’s Merrill’s legacy, level 10 business.
I’m considering changing teens from 11-18 to 12-18. I know most of you do the 12 years old. Previously with an update per month, it just didn’t give me enough time with my teens. But with changing back to 2 households a month, I think there will be plenty of time. The only thing holding me back is my recent age ups, and the new ones, I need to make sure it’s a good division between them…. and my school! I need to be certain that my elementary school can handle students staying an extra year. I’ll probably talk about it more soonish.
Thanks for reading and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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