Chapter 1.33

Mollie leaves for university tomorrow.

I taught Mollie how to drive in this car and now we are preparing for her departure.  We spent the day together buying her things for University, going to the spa, talking about wedding plans.

I will always treasure this time with my baby.  It’s the last time she will be a “child.”  When she comes back from University she will be even more adult that she already is.

That night we had a family dinner together.  I whipped up some Stir-fry, Mollie’s favorite.

We had a great time laughing a joking.  Ollie is trying not to cry but he is really going to miss his big sister.

Victor poured some nectar and we celebrated with a toast.

“So I’m probably not going to buy any textbooks.”

“You will fail your classes!”

“I’m not letting you waste scholarship money by failing!”

“If you are saving money for the wedding we are paying for that.  Buy your stupid books.”

Not our best family conversation but tensions were high that night.

We all went to bed.  Mollie couldn’t sleep because she was excited.

Victor and I couldn’t sleep because we were worried.  Did we raise her right?  Would she be ok on her own?  Will be be ok without her?

The next morning we piled her and her stuff into a moving van and said our goodbyes.  Mollie promised to email and we promised not to call all the time.  Then she was gone.

“Bye-Bye, baby girl.”

Who am I kidding.  She will always be my baby.

Chapter 1.32

As if we didn’t have enough to do already, the day after Victor’s party we had a Snowflake Day party.  Mollie insisted that we have a party since she would be leaving soon.  We decided to invite only Kia and Garrett and just keep the event small and easy.

Victor and I were taking this quiet time to catch up on some news.  Then Garrett arrived before the party while Mollie was out getting some supplies.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lox?”

I knew deep down why he was there early.  Conveniently when he knew Mollie wouldn’t be around.

“Come on in, kiddo.”

I had to wipe away a tear before I could speak.

“I will leave you two alone to chat.”

“By the way, Garrett.  It’s ok with me.”

“Mr. Lox.  I love Mollie.  Very much.  Since I met her as a toddler.  I remember it perfectly.”

“She’s the most wonderful woman I’ve ever met.  She was beautiful as a ghost and she’s beautiful as a human.”

“What are you trying to say, Garrett?”

“Please, please, please, Mr. Lox…can I marry her?”

“Of course you can!  Now, sit.  We have to talk about some things.”

“Are you sure?”

“Sit.”

“Yes, sir.”

“What about college?  You two need an education.”

“Yes, we are still going to go.  We have planned our schedules and where we will live.”

“How are you going to pay?  We will pay for the wedding but what about school.  I’m not made of money, son.  I still have another child to think of here.”

“She re-took her entrance exams.  She got a perfect score and a full ride scholarship.  I got a pretty good score too so it will only cost me $1000 a year.”

“Well in that case, consider your education paid for.”

“Excuse me, sir?”

“My daughter deserves the best.  Which means she deserves the best in her future husband and your lives together.  You getting an education will help with that.”

“Er…thank you, sir.”

“Don’t mess it up.  I might be 50 but I will still kick your ass.”

“Yes, sir.  Erm…No, sir.  Uh…thank you?”

Victor didn’t get a chance to answer because Ollie broke in.

“Hurry up!  I want to open my presents!”

So we all opened our gifts.  Ollie was thrilled with his new teddy bear and a new video game.

We got Mollie some new stuff for college.  She would be leaving in just a few days.

Once the party ended, Garrett decided to act.

“Mollie?  You know I will do anything to protect you, right?”

“Uhh…yes.  Are you okay, Garrett?  You’re sweating.”

“And I love you now and I always have and always will.”

“Garrett.  What are you doing.  You are delirious.”

“Mollie Lox…”

“Garrett…oh my God…what are you doing?!”

“Mollie Annette Lox, will you make me the happiest man ever?”

“OH SHIT!”

My daughter has a way with words…

“Is that a yes?”

“YES!”

I can’t believe how far we’ve all come.  I’m a wife, a mother of two, my husband and I are at the top of our careers.  And now I’m going to have a son-in-law.  He’s the son of my best friend and I’ve know the guy since he was a toddler.

I need a break.

Time for my Christmas present.  With Mollie leaving for college and getting married we decided to use Victor’s Christmas bonus to remodel Mollie’s bathroom.  She was not pleased that she will not get to use this wonderful retreat.

She’s an adult now.  Momma needs a break after raising her.  I earned this.  She will too, one day.

Chapter 1.31

My baby girl made out like a bandit at her high school graduation!

She was Valedictorian and voted “Most Likely to Achieve Her Dreams”

She was also Prom Queen, and was award trophies for her achievements in Athletic Club and Drama Club.

Speaking of prom, she went with Garrett (of course).

And now she’s all grown up!  She’s turned into quite the lovely young adult.  Of course, being her mother I am biased.

Things were getting a little more hectic around out house these days.  Mollie was getting ready to leave for college.  Even though she was accepted on scholarship and could go whenever she wanted, she decided to wait until Spring.  She “claims” she didn’t want to leave with Victor’s birthday and Snowflake Day just around the corner.

Garrett has also become a permanent fixture at our house.  Mollie is slightly better at keeping their business a secret (as if her dad and I didn’t know what they were up to anyway).  Poor Victor.  He’s quite distraught at his daughter’s new adult antics.

“You know, your Dad’s birthday is in a few days.  It’s a big one.  He’s going to be 50.  We should do something really special.  I was thinking something at the park?”

“Think bigger, Mom!  It’s also your anniversary.  What is the most important location of your lives?”

“The hospital?”

“Mom.  Would you wanna have a party there?”

“THE WEDDING CHAPEL AND PARTY GROUNDS!”

“Good job, Mom.  I’ll make some calls.  Leave everything to me.”

She’s really grown up these past few years.  I can’t believe she’ll be leaving for college next week!

Mollie arranged everything.  The only thing I had to do was keep it a secret from Victor.  Easy enough.

“Liddy…you can’t just kidnap me.  Where are we going?”

“I can kidnap you.  You are my husband.  Just sit there and be quiet!”

“Daddy you just got schooled by Mommy!”

“Oliver…shush.  She is allowed to do that because we are married and Daddy wants to stay happy.”

“I don’t understand, Daddy.”

“You will, son.  When you find a pretty lady it will matter and you will understand.”

“Holy cow!  Liddy!  How did you plan this?”

“Ask your daughter.  This was her doing.”

“Oh my goodness.  Mollie…wow!”

She had done a wonderful job.  She had the event catered  and the food was delish!  There was stuffed turkey, salad, and cookies.

Oliver was super excited that we allowed him to choose what he wanted to eat.  He went straight for the cookies.

Mollie opened a tab and ordered everyone drinks.  It was at that moment when I realized that Mollie was ordering drinks and it was legal that I realized just how old we were getting.

She also rented a photo booth for the event.  Victor and I had other ideas while we were in the photo booth.  I’m sure that Mollie would not approve.

Then it was time for Victor to age up.  We’ve been in this very spot so many times.  Hard to believe it.

Then there was a sparkle and Victor was 50.  I’m still only 32.  Mollie is now 19 and Oliver is 9.  I’m going to lose them all.

We ate cake and I tried to cheer up.

“Oliver…where’s your dad?  We were going to take a family photo?”

“Dad left 45 minutes ago.  He said he needed to get home right away.”

“Oh lord…Get in the car Ollie.”

“Why, Mommy?  The party isn’t over yet!”

“Your dad is having a midlife crisis.  We have to save him.”

“YAY!  Like Superheroes!”

“Hello…Genie?”

“I wish for happiness.  It’s no easy task knowing I’m going to be leaving my wife and kids behind before too long.”

“SO IT SHALL BE!”

“Victor?  Are you home?”

“Daddy!  We are here to save you!  I am Superman and Mommy is Wonder Woman!”

“Argh!”

“VICTOR!  ARE YOU OK!?”

“I’m fine, Liddy.  How are you?”

“…Fine…”

“Do you have any interest in heading upstairs with an old man?”

“Ollie?  Go to bed.”

“But Mommy…”

“You heard your mother, Oliver.”

“Humph.  Stupid parents.  I didn’t even get to save anyone.”