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.
Caleb Gray (21 years), Jill Popper (21 years), Willa Grimsley (20 years), Dean Goss (19 years), Evie Jitmakusol (20 years), Scarlett Siew (19 years), Michael Popper (19 years), Bea Woodfolk (18 years), Clara Sumner (18 years)
Fall semester begins, and mostly Bea is thrilled to be there. She’s placed in the same dorm as her best friend, Willa, and is studying theater which is her ultimate passion. She’s not entirely impressed with her non-theater classes that are forced upon her nor the fact that her bedroom doesn’t have a window.
Alice’s previous update/next update // Julia’s previous update/next update
Alice London (27 years), Julia Millett (26 years)
narrated by: Alice
Having Julia for a roommate has been great, we’ve been close friends since grade school. We don’t mind doing mundane things together ether, like meeting up on Thursday after work, and getting groceries together. Lainey was a bit of a dictator over groceries that I mostly just paid her and picked up my own stuff after work. It’s actually a decent time with Julia though.
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.