on a tightrope

september 2021
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Eva Prince (47 years), Gideon (39 years), Linnea Barthelet (13 years), Dahlia (1 years)


narrated by: Eva

I’m used to things going wrong, I never expected to be married again, or have a child later in life, let alone any such nonsense as a happy ending. Quitting Mini Sprout had seemed like a good idea when Dahlia had been born, but I can’t bring myself to enjoy all the downtime. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop, as they say, for Gideon to get fired, or die unexpectedly, a fire to take away our home, something. Having my first husband die on our wedding night ruined these calm moments for me, they seem to leer as they attempt to coax me into sedation.

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the twenties

january 2021
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Paloma Creelman (23 years)

narrated by: Paloma

Earlier this year, Janelle sold Planet Java to Ginny Pacelli. Ginny has been working here since it first opened the doors, and so Janelle offered her the opportunity to buy it first. I’m not in a situation to buy my own place yet, but one day I hope to be able to buy or start my own bakery. In the mean time, I get to practice my baking skills here. Ginny put me in charge of the baked treats after I brought a marble cheesecake to a company party one time.

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babymoon

january 2020
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Eva Prince (46 years), Gideon (38 years), Linnea Barthelet (11 years), Dahlia (newborn)

narrated by: Eva

I’d had my concerns on having another baby this late in life, but Gideon has been wonderful with Dahlia, and it hasn’t been as hard on me to go back to a newborn schedule as I feared. I’m on maternity leave now, and there’s something magical about rocking a newborn with a snowstorm raging outside.

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all that was meant to be – barthelet-prince wedding

april 2019
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Eva Barthelet (45 years), Gideon Prince (37 years), Paloma Creelman (21 years), Linnea (10 years)

It’s going to be a small ceremony, small and sweet her Mother had explained at one point during the planning process. She had told this to Paloma, but they both knew that it wasn’t a decision. Decisions require a choice, and with Grandma gone there just wasn’t anyone else to invite. There was none but Eva and her two daughters, that was all that was left. Eva had two sisters at one time, there was no reason why her wedding day should be full of empty seats.

Paloma had called to be sure the extra seats were removed, it would be a painful reminder to see rows up on rows of empty chairs, with their minds filling in the happy faces that should have been there.

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beauty of letting go

august 2018
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Paloma Creelman (20 years)

narrated by: Paloma

It’s been just over a year since Grandma Abby died. Mom put off having Gideon move in, or planning for the wedding until a few months ago. Now he’s living here, and she’s planned for the wedding to be in May, and everything just feels unfamiliar now.

Where it once was Oliver fixing our computer, it’s now Gideon. And where it was me getting Linny off of the bus, now it’s him as well.

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opaque stars

june 2017
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Abby Creelman (73 years), Eva Barthelet (43 years), Paloma Creelman (19 years), Linny Barthelet (8 years)
(Gideon Prince – 35, Oliver McCarthy – 20 years)
previous update: spring 2016

narrated by: Eva

Originally, Paloma had blamed me for her being declined from Eastborough, just on the principle that I had encouraged her to rethink applying for college. She had accused me of being happy that she didn’t get in, but it wasn’t true. I’d just like one of us girls to have the opportunity to follow our dreams, and to not have an insurmountable amount of debt.

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