Chapter 3.29

Several months after Harper’s birth we were all chugging along as normal.  I headed over to Adam’s house for a much needed adult afternoon.  Nothing super special because my sister-in-law, Hannah was due to give birth any day now.

We had tea and chatted about my need for a bigger house and her need for a smaller belly.

“Why don’t you put in an offer on the house behind ours?  It’s right across the alley.  It would be perfect!”

“When did it go up for sale?!  Also, I have no money so that’s one reason…”

The conversation didn’t get any farther than that.  It was time to meet ADAM’S kid.  I didn’t have time to ponder the idea of my baby brother being a father.  Hannah needed a driver.

That evening Violet June Hanks happily joined our family.

The next morning I went over to check out the house.  Three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a huge backyard.  It was perfect for us.

How could I not love it?  How could I possibly afford it?

I knew what I had to do.  I took Olivia’s paintings to the consignment shop.  It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made but Liv would want her kids to grow up in a house and not a shithole apartment.

I may have tried to make money some other ways too.  I would get those kids a house by any means necessary.

Chapter 3.28

We settled into some semblance of routine before too long.

Pickle was up with the sun and ready for breakfast.

He and I would get some one-on-one time in after Bug headed for the school bus.

He’d get bored before too long and he’d head for greener pastures aka more fun toys.

It was about this time that Harper would start screaming for her own breakfast.

With all the commotion on the itty-bits I was worried poor Bug was feeling forgotten.  She was growing up before my eyes.

I snagged her after dance class one night.

“Hey, I have a gift for you.  Head to the living room while I change this stinky kid.”

I pulled her Mom’s trunk out of Adam’s basement earlier that day (well, Adam pulled it out of his own basement because I have TONS of time to leave the house).

“Here.  I took this while your mom and I were in college.  You should have it if you want it.”

She seemed unsure at first.

But I think she’ll be ok.