In this post: Jennifer Crabtree, Sharon Crabtree, Tyson Dawn, Mindy Schmidt, Jason Wilson, Chris Merrick, Josh Merrick
Things in Mindy life were moving at warp speed. Everything seemed to be happening to fast, changing without notice or her consideration. The only thing that she knew for certain was that the adults in her life were going crazy. That was the only explanation, the only reason that her mother would all the sudden announce that Tyson was moving in.
The only one that seemed to think that craziness was the only reasonable explanation for her mothers actions was her. None of her closest friends seemed to agree.
“Well, how else do you explain it?”
“It’s simple, Amanda.” Jason was the only person that called her by her full name. Everyone called her Mindy expect when she was in trouble. Jason was the only other person that insisted on calling her by her full name, he called everyone by their full name. Sometimes, she had a hard time telling when he was being condescending.
Maybe he just had a major personality flaw, which is was what Chris suggested. That Jason had a problem relating with people his own age.
“She’s in love. She wants to move forward with her life. You didn’t really believe that your mother would pine for your dad forever? Did you?”
“You know, Mr. Smarty Pants. Sometimes you can be a real ass.” Chris said not giving Mindy a chance to respond.
“What?” Jason sounded confused. Mindy could tell by the look on his face that he was searching for the reason that anyone would be offended by what he had said.
“Not everyone has a television family like yours, Jason.” Josh snapped.
“I’m only stating the truth. Statistically speaking, couple who become parents while teens don’t make it. It’s almost inevitable that they would break up. Add in a kid and the odd that they will stay together after 5 years is almost null.”
The sound of Jason’s alarm going off interrupted any further conversation. It was their warning that the school bus with the little kids should be showing up in about 10 minutes. That it was time to put on her babysitting hat and watch her cousins Becky and Danny. It was now her job to watch them every Tuesday and Thursday while their mother helped out at Just Desserts.
Mindy watched from the boys make their way home on foot from the bottom of front steps of her porch. She sat quietly and waited for the bus. Tapping her feet and trying not to think about the fact the in less than one week Tyson was going to move in. That in less than five days she would have to get use to not only sharing her house but also her mother with another person. She never realized how accustomed she had gotten to it being just the two of them. Adding a third person into their space just seemed unnatural.
The sound of the bus pulling up jolted her out of her musing. She jumped up from her spot on the step and made her way to the bus to greet the twins.
Danny award her effort by running pass her barely mumbling a barely audible “Hi.”
Becky followed him at a normal pace stopping to reach out for a hug.
“Are you nervous?”
“Nervous about what?” Mindy answered, they had been silent at the table all night. Not a word passing between them.
Sharon had been cleaning the house nonstop, clearing invisible spider webs from the corners. Lamenting the fact that there furniture was not of better quality even though it had served their purpose well for years.
Mindy wondered if her mother was more worried about what the matriarch of the family, Jennifer, than about Tyson. Tyson had seen the house a couple of times before and still wanted to move it. She had a feeling that her mother was more nervous about what her grandmother would say about Tyson than what Tyson would say about the house.
And since she can’t fix Tyson, she is fixating on the house.
“Mom, you have done everything that you can. Grandmother is going to love Tyson and she is has been her plenty of times.
“Not nervous about lunch with Mom. About Tyson moving in?”
“Oh.” Mindy tried to come up with something to say that would be reassuring for the both of them. “No.”
Jennifer pulled Mindy into a tight hug, holding her close she whispered low enough only for her to hear, “Don’t worry. You can always come stay with us. I don’t know that silly child of mine is thinking.”
Mindy cringed. The glance that Tyson throw in their direction indicated that he had heard what Jennifer had said. Not that Jennifer cared, she had not made any effort to lower her voice.
“You know sometime, Sharon. I really worry about you. You barely know this guy.”
“Mother, really. We’ve been together for two years. If I don’t know him by now then I’ll never know him.
Jennifer started to speak but Sharon cut her off again. “I’m a big girl, Mother. I know what I’m doing. Have a little faith in me.”
Jennifer couldn’t help but worry about Sharon. Sharon had always been her most impulsive child, running off on a whim to do whatever caught her attention. Jennifer was convinced that was how Sharon ended up with Mark Schmidt. His bad boy appearance and sad eyes drew her attention. Sharon got carried away. So, far away that she shocked her parents when she announced she was pregnant.
Now years later she finds herself sitting across from Sharon’s new boyfriend, she couldn’t make herself believe that impulsive child was now a responsible women. Sure Tyson’s travel stories were exciting but was he ready to take care of her daughter and granddaughter?
“I wish you would think about this more, Sharon.”
“Mother. He is moving in. It’s already settled. For once, can you have a little faith in me?”
- I had so much fun editing this one. Before editing it I thought that it was missing something. Hopefully, whatever was missing has been found.
- Sharon is finally moving on. I was trying to wait for her to roll the want to marry Tyson. She hasn’t rolled it yet but based on her personality I thought him moving in would be prefect. Maybe marriage will come next.
- Mindy doesn’t have the much longer in the teen stage, but there is a lot going on with both sides of her family at the moment. So far, she is holding up well. Hopefully, she can keep it up?