home for the holidays

december 2030
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Rebecca Siew (40 years), Elodie (14 years), Wyatt (11 years), Tyson (9 years)

Quint and his new wife are determined to borrow the kids for a week at a time; apparently Miriam enjoys playing house with my children. I’ve obliged, but I’m awfully lonely with the empty house.

I pull longer shifts at the diner when they are away.

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finding a new way

november 2030
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Miriam (47 years), Quint (40 years), Shira (14 years), Asher (14 years), Elodie (14 years), Wyatt (11 years), Tyson (9 years)

Shira and Wyatt have the most difficult time adjusting to the new house and step-family. As much as Shira enjoyed her new sister, Elodie, sometimes she wanted peace and quiet. Asher never grated her nerves the way Elodie could without doing anything in particular; she wasn’t sure if it was a twin thing or an Elodie thing.

She talked during movies too, they both loved reading and movies, and Elodie talked through them entirely. How could one enjoy a film if you prattled on the entire time?

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little red wagon – longfellow elementary

september 2030
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Principal & 4th-6th grade: Lucy London
1st-3rd grade teacher: Oliver McCarthy
Prek-Kindergarten teacher: Miriam Siew


Dahlia, Wyatt, Mallory, Rita, Tillie, Toby, Tyson, Domenico
Mavis, Thomas, Dax, Penelope, Evan, Diego, Warren, Hatty, Eileen

This was the first year Mrs. Lucy would be teaching sixth graders, as the school district had recently voted to implement the change. She felt much too old to be dealing with these sorts of things, but she took it on the chin. Oliver would be graduating in the spring with his Masters in Education, and he was likely taking her place the upcoming year as principal.She would miss the students though, and walking the halls with their chattering and exciting stories.

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til death do us part

september 2030
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Elodie’s nerves were fraying as they arrived at Waverly Gardens. She was apprehensive about the union, and feeling melancholy for her Mom who was sitting at home alone; she didn’t even have Gulliver their dog since he passed.

Quint complimented Elodie as she walked over. He knew this day was a struggle for everyone, including himself. There was an underlying pathos amongst them all even as they tried to be happy for the moment.

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lies between us

july 2030
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(Millett Household Profile)
Merrill Millett (76 years), Grant (53 years), Leah (51 years), Nolan (12 years)

When you find out your sister is your Mom, and your parents are actually your grandparents, you get a pet bird. At least in my experience. I’d wanted a pet bird for years, and they’d decided it was an appropriate time to cave. That was all just over a year ago, and KiKi is my favorite part of home these days.

It isn’t exactly anger, but there is an unhealing wound. Perhaps if I had more time it would begin to subside, but I’m not hopeful.

Every single one of my family members knew the truth, and no one had ever bothered to even give me a hint. Mom and Dad are still my parents, I’ve decided that much. Julia has never even been a great sister to me, Hadley has always had my back, so it doesn’t even compute to consider her as my Mom. There’s a break in my sanity when I even consider that I’m from her.

From her, and who else?

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april birthdays 2030 – Siew & Dwyer weekend trip

april 2030

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.

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differences

march 2030
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(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.

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