"Hart! Yes, there's just one! This is the way it is when it's time for the baby to come out, my belly is supposed to be big."
"Well, that baby better hurry up or your stomach is gonna bust!"
"Thanks Hart. I think it's time for you to go play now."
Sure enough, the next morning my mom went into labor. Thank goodness it was the weekend so Hope and I didn't have to work and we could keep an eye on Hart.
After they called a cab, they called me, and I rushed home so I could be there.
Not too long after I came home, my Dad called saying that we had a new baby brother!! They named him Legacy Song. Dad said he picked that name because of all the things he's accomplished in life, us kids were he and mom's best, a legacy they were proud of.
They took him up to Hart's room, which was now the boys room and got him all settled in. My dad got to feed him his first bottle. I so couldn't wait to get my hands on him!
Soon Dad and mom went to rest and I hurried up to Legacy's crib and scooped him up. Oh, he was so cute! He even reached out for my hand!
I could tell the little guy was tired and ready for a long nap, so I put him back to bed. Hope and Hart left to go to the park and fish and catch bugs.
Since there wasn't anything else to do, I decided to venture out and see if there were some new veggies I could cook with, or see if there was a symphony at the theater or something.
The grocery didn't have what I was looking for, so I stopped by the theater only to find out there wasn't a symphony this weekend. Bummer. I could have watched a movie, but I just wasn't in the mood.
It was a beautiful evening though, so I decided to sit on the park bench and read a little. It wasn't long before a guy came and sat down beside me and quietly opened his own book and started reading.
I snuck a peek at him when he wasn't looking and couldn't help but realize how cute he was. I didn't recognize him, I wondered if he was a new guy? He didn't look to be much older than me. Just then I heard a familiar voice behind me, I turned and looked, Yep! I was right, it was Monica!
I put my book away and popped up from the bench to go join her at hers. I missed her so much! She graduated ahead of me, so I had been lost without her at school. She also found out right after she graduated that her and her boyfriend were expecting! I'd been so busy with school, we hadn't really got to see each other much, I only knew that she just had her son, but I hadn't been by to visit yet.
"Monica! What's up cuz!?! I miss you so much!"
"Patience! I miss you too girl!""So, how's the baby? What did you name him?"
"He's great, adorable, and healthy. We decided to name him Wilfred.""Wilfred?!? I thought you were gonna name him Noah?"
"Well, Josh really wanted to name him after his dad. So, I figured why not. I call him Freddie for short. It's not so bad."
"Aw, Freddie's a cute nick name. I promise as soon as I get through the craziness that is graduation, I'll come visit."
"You better! So, now that that talk is out of the way, tell me about the hottie you were just sharing a bench with. You met the Zander brothers, I see.""Oh, um, I don't know him. He just came and sat next to me while I was reading. Zander brothers? Who are they?"
"You mean you don't know them? They are your neighbors, duh!?! I can't believe you haven't met them yet, they are the talk of all the single ladies in town."
"See that guy sitting right there on the bench with the blonde hair? That's his brother. I think their names are Logan and Zack maybe? I can't remember. You should totally go introduce yourself."
"NO way! What would I even say? Plus I'm younger than them, they'd probably find me annoying or something."
"Oh Patience, some things never change. Well, my "me" time is almost up, Freddie should be waking up from his nap. Let me know when you get up the nerve to meet your hot new neighbors."I rolled my eyes. "See you later Monica. Give your baby a kiss for me!"
"Will do!"After she left, I couldn't help but stare at the blonde haired cutie in front of me. Wow, both brothers were SO insanely cute.
I can't believe they are my neighbors and I didn't even know it! I knew someone moved into the old Frio house next to us, but I never actually saw who it was. There's no way I could even be considered in the same league as them. But you know, just as a neighbor, I could at least go introduce myself and welcome them to the neighborhood....
I stood up, but as soon as I did, my courage faltered. Yep I was a wimp. There's no way I could talk to him. He was reading so intently it was fascinating. It was hard for me to take my eyes off him.
Then I realized I was standing there staring and looking like an idiot. I quickly walked away to catch a taxi home.
When I finally got home, it was nearly dark. As I climbed the stairs I could here cheering coming from inside the house. Oh man, I totally forgot! Tonight was my mom's birthday!
Happy Birthday Carol!
Now, my mom as an elder, just like my dad. She couldn't help but stare in the mirror, pointing out wrinkles, and her gray hair. I reminded her she was still my beautiful mom, and she shouldn't be sad. She smiled, and gave me a quick squeeze of gratitude.
To cheer her up, I figure I'd make one of my better dishes, fish and chips. I figured it would make up for nearly missing her birthday.
As I sat watching the fish fry in the pan, a frown crept on my face. Although I wasn't ready for any kind of serious relationship or anything, I did want to have some kind of relationship someday. I was somehow going to have to get over this shyness I had around members of the opposite sex. But how?
Everyone loved the fish and chips. Hope and Hart devoured theirs before running off to finish up last minute homework, and mom and dad retired early so they could put Legacy to bed and get some sleep.
I sat staring at the empty plates on the table, still feeling sorry for myself, before I finally snapped myself out of it, and cleaned up before bed.
As I headed upstairs to bed, I peeked in on my little brothers to make sure they were settled in and would let our parents rest for a while. Legacy was awake, but peaceful, just about to doze off to sleep, and Hart was out like a light.
I headed to my own bedroom where Hope was already sleeping, and curled up under my covers myself. I needed my rest tonight, tomorrow was my last day of High School!
This was it! The last day that all three of us older Song kids would be going to school together! I was excited about this being my last day, but I was even more excited about the party my parents decided to throw for me for my graduation/birthday tonight! It was going to be great!
The day went by very quickly, and in no time we were all back home getting ready for everyone to come over. We mainly invited family, but there were a few family friends thrown in the mix too. Of course, Taylor was there, and my Aunt Grace's daughter, Marie. She was a teenager now, and so sweet, just like her mom.
When the guests had mostly arrived, I headed into the living room to mingle, and saw something very interesting. Marie and Taylor were dancing together. It looked like they were having a pretty good time together. However, Hope had an unreadable look on her face.
As I passed by Hope, I asked, "Everything alright?"
I must have broken her out of her trance because she looked at me suddenly and said, "OH! Yes, sure. I just realized I have a little more homework to finish up." And with that she went to the dining room and immersed herself in her work. I wondered if someone wasn't a little jealous? I decided to casually find out if something was up.
I politely cut into Taylor and Marie's dance. "Hey, Marie, mind if I cut in?"
"Hey birthday girl! No, not at all! It was nice talking to you Taylor.""You too." He said to her as she wandered off to the kitchen.
As soon as she was out of earshot, I asked him. "So, you and my cousin seem to be hitting it off well."
"Oh, yeah, I suppose. She's pretty nice."
"Well, if you like, I can put a good word in for you."
His eyes got big, and he said, "Oh, nah, that's ok. I mean, no offense or anything, she's nice, but she's not exactly my type."
"Ahhhh, You're into more of the intellectual red head type, aren't you?" I winked.
Now, instead of looking shocked, his face turned expressionless, and he blushed just a tad. I could tell he was trying to mask something.
"Um, I guess. I mean... er... um..."
Oh, he was squirming now. I knew it. I knew he liked my sister. And I was almost positive she liked him.
"Hey, it's cool. I'm not going to say anything. But for what it's worth, you guys would be cute together, you know, as more than just BFF."
And before he could respond, I walked into the dining room to start putting the candles on my cake. I giggled to myself. Playing matchmaker was a great way to distract myself from my own dating life, or lack thereof!
As I lit the candles, my parents called everyone in the dining room. It was time!
Happy Birthday to Me!
Yes! I was finally a Young Adult!
As soon as the candles were out, everyone piled into the room for some cake. It was elbow to elbow in there, but at the same time cozy, considering all of the laughing and joking and family bonding going on in there.
As I headed to bed that night, I realized something. Aw snap! I'm a grown up now! I've gotta find a job!