Susan decided that she needed to do something to honor the passing of her son (James) and husband (William).She decided to go though a period of mourning and to wear all black. To finish up the look she tied her hair back into a very conservative bun.
Suan also tried to engage the boys more. Robert was either in his room playing music or out with his friends. George sat on his bed and scared at old photos of his dad and twin brother (James). Mark on the other hand had become angry and would stomp around the house or do nothing but play video games all day. Susan tried to play video games with Mark but she was unfamiliar with the controls and he would get mad and yell “Your not as good as Dad”
Robert was really grateful for his friends. They seemed to understand that he needed to be detracted. They either would make sure to invite him out or go to his house to hang out. Mary McDaniel was the most understanding of them all. Maybe because her mother had several miscarriages and she was familiar with family pain.
Virgina and Susan had been acquaintances for sometime. When William and James died Virgina was nice enough to call the young widow so that she would have a friend to talk to. She even invited Susan to lunch on afternoon.
Susan: It’s hard. Especially raising three boys on my own.
Virgina: They are all pretty close to being teenagers. Aren’t they? I say when they become teens leave them alone. They’ll pretty much raise themselves.
Susan was a little confused and shocked.
Virgina: I say what you need to do is start dating again and soon. Forget mourning. Your husband died not you. Live and have fun, while your still young and hot.
George: Your birthday is soon.
Mark: Yeah, so.
Mark’s attitude about becoming a teenager was un-thrilled. The whole idea bored him and to prove it he declined both a part and a cake. Susan was hurt by this rejection but respected Mark’s wishes.
Robert’s found a new destruction. Something that required way more time than friends, a girlfriend. Ella Ryder was wonderful, she listened intently while he talked about his father and brother. And she wasn’t jealous when he decided to spend time with his friends even the female ones.
Susan was worried. Robert was never home even more so now that he had a girlfriend. George seemed even more lonely now that Mark entered high school and Mark had turned into a rebel. It seemed to her that just when the family was about to make it and enjoy life. The happiness was taken away. And to top it off she now owned a piece of land that she couldn’t even give away. As she sat and contemplated what to do about her kids and the land. She decided that she would start to follow her dreams and hope for the best. Susan was going to open an eat in bakery.