hitting the books

september 2029
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Principal: Bekah Grimsley, Teachers: Brooklyn McCarthy and Rosabella Steinman
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The teachers meet in the faculty room as the school buses pull up outside. Bekah obliged Brooklyn’s request to coach the soccer team, despite her baby being due in the middle of the season.

Neither Bekah nor Rosabella wanted the extra task, and Brooklyn could use the money. Everyone knew that Oliver was studying for his Masters, Bekah especially since he was hoping to replace her best friend, Lucy when she retired.

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rainy days

july 2029
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(Holmes Household Profile)
Chris Holmes (41 years), Emma (38 years), Chaz (14 years), Evan (6 years), Dax (6 years)

narrated by: Chaz

Dad’s been working over-time lately, he’s been trying to save for a vacation to the Cascade Mountains. It seems like everyone I know goes up there for a quick weekend, some of my classmates even own property there, but we have never been. Dad loves to camp, though Mom is not a fan at all. I almost think that she’s not saving that hard because she doesn’t want to stay in a tent.

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in confidence

april 2029
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(Andersen Household Profile)
Benjamin Andersen (41 years), Grace (38 years), Ainsley (12 years), Isla (11 years), Tillie (8 years), Hatty (7 years)

It seems that their eldest daughters grew up and became independent in a blink. They aren’t begging to visit their Dad at the station, or play at the park with their Aunt Lily-Mae. Grace misses them as she packs up her two youngest and head to South Port.

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christmas time in the city – part ii

december 2028
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Erin Louie (35 years), Bethany (31 years), Logan (11 years), Mallory (8 years)

When Bethany convinced Logan to skip school, she had forgotten one very vital detail, this was modern day. Erin received two text messages and a voicemail that Logan had not been in homeroom, nor had he been excused. After the initial shock, she called her sister and found that it had all been her idea.

She asked Marshal if she could leave work early, he was being more lenient since his wife was 8 months pregnant, and he was planning to bow out himself once the baby arrived.

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christmas time in the city – part i

december 2028
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Erin Louie (35 years), Bethany (31 years), Logan (11 years), Mallory (8 years)

Over the summer, Erin had allowed Logan to make the decision regarding his surname. He had put on a very mature front, insisting that his Dad was no Father to him, and wanting to share his Mom’s name. He even acknowledged her sacrifice and devotion as a mother to really soften her towards the idea. It wasn’t that she needed any persuading, she had often regretted giving the kids Colin’s last name, but in her gut, she knew that Logan wanted to strike out at Colin, and have Colin prove him wrong, that he was a person who cared.

Logan wouldn’t have been able to change his surname if Colin had protested, but the quick impromptu hearing in front of the judge was met without any opposition. Mallory had joined in on the name change, though she was mostly tagging along with her big brother.

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fall birthdays 2028

september 2028

Logan Traver celebrates his eleventh birthday and prepares to start sixth grade this month. Family has always been important to him, and when he learned of his half-sister, Eden’s existence, he immediately wanted to befriend her, so Erin isn’t surprised that he’s retained that into his teen years.

He’s glad that he resembles his Mom more than his deadbeat Dad, and has requested a new surname. He’s hopeful that Nico and his Mom will marry, and then he’ll request to have their last name, otherwise he’s thinking Louie like his Mom and Aunt Bethany. He doesn’t think Colin deserves acknowledgement in his life, but Erin is hesitant to agree as he is still young and prone to impulsive decisions.

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10 Little Snowflakes

january 2028
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Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Prek-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer
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narrated by: Lucy

For the first time in as long as I have worked at Longfellow, which is quite a many years, we have a reduction in students. Census shows that we don’t have any surges in our populace for at minimum the next four years. So our classrooms are less occupied, and the students are getting more one on one attention. All of those things are good. It’d be even better timing to train a replacement principal for myself, while the classes are controllable. I turn sixty-three this year, and imagine I’ll go until I’m sixty-eight or so. Unfortunately I don’t know who to pick, Miriam or Oliver, and then I need a replacement teacher still. I’m putting it off despite knowing I shouldn’t, hopeful that some great teachers will be graduating EU shortly.

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