Miriam’s birthday sneaks up on her, forty-seven years old. It baffles her, time has gone quickly, but strangely slow in the same breath. They’d talked about having a baby, but with this birthday, it seems foolish. She really is getting too old to start over.
She tries to escape her own head by taking the girls dress shopping. They’ve decided on a quiet ceremony at the park, afterall second marriages don’t usually warrant the same fanfare.
Shira is amped up, dresses excite her, but it isn’t the same story for Scarlett or Elodie.
At Scarlett’s suggestion, Quint and Miriam bring their children up to the Cascade Mountains. Quint is celebrating his 40th birthday and Scarlett her 20th. While the adults had been excited about the trip, the children weren’t as enthused.
Before heading to their hotel suite, Shira needed a pep talk. The mere notion of sharing a hotel room with strangers was very uncomfortable.
(Siew Household Profile)
Quint Siew (39 years), Scarlett (19 years), Elodie (13 years), Wyatt (10 years), Tyson (8 years)
Things are different. He isn’t sure that they are better, but they aren’t the same. He’s sure someone has told him that change is good, but he isn’t sure that’s true.
Miriam cooks him breakfast. Rebecca did that for him, but this feels more intimate. Perhaps before Scarlett was born, they had been more romantic, but he didn’t believe that to be true. All he remembered was a marriage of never being good enough.
Principal: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Prek-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Dwyer
5th Grade -Rita Popper, Wyatt Siew, Toby Welsh, Dahlia Prince
4th Grade -Tillie Andersen, Mallory Traver
3rd Grade – Tyson Siew, Domenico Pacelli
2nd Grade – Hatty Andersen, Diego Martinez
1st Grade – Mavis Browning, Dax Holmes, Evan Holmes
Preschool – Thomas Traver, Penelope Krouse, Eileen Popper, Warren Popper
Half of the school was visiting McCarthy Farms in October. Lucy had used Oliver’s connection to the farm to book the deal, and the school district paid pretty well. Finn had to leave enough apples and pumpkins for the school kids to pick their fill, and while it was mildly stressful when the fruits hadn’t quite ripened yet, it all fell into place.
Finn gave all the kids a quick talking of the rules, all the while his daughter’s dog, Dash howled and made himself into a regular nuisance.
School started back up, and Brooklyn found herself back in front of her class, teaching a whole new generation of youth how to cook without burning down their houses. She’s relieved to be past the extreme nausea, but overall, she’s ready to clock out for three months and just be home with her baby.
The students have all been very helpful and extra courteous which has been a wonderful surprise for her. Just one more month has become her workday mantra.
Vivienne and Cicely turn fifteen this month, and are spending the afternoon with their boyfriends. Dating is strictly forbidden until seventeen in the Russo-Traver household, all thanks to their big brother, Lewis getting a girl pregnant in high school.
Cicely had crushed on Alex ever since her Grandma Regina died. Recently they had shared their first kiss, once his girlfriend, Scarlett had left for college. They had broken up, so Cicely didn’t feel guilty. However, she just wasn’t interested in him anymore.
Barbara Gray was turning 48; it wasn’t a milestone birthday by any means, but she still felt hurt that her children didn’t intend to do more than just text her a Happy Birthday before their morning classes.
She tried calling both of their cells, and neither answered. She was forced to resort to texting, something she rather detested. Her fingers were clumsy, and nowhere near as agile as her children’s fingers. A mid-morning pick-me-up at the Cafe near campus, that was all she wanted. It didn’t seem like a birthday worth celebrating if her own children were too occupied to even visit for a few minutes.