Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The move had been so sudden. Rox still walked around from room to room wondering how in the world they got this place. Sure it was old. The wallpaper gave it such a charming cozy character. A cross in every room. Yes, she supposed this place was blessed.
"But that bathroom is so bad." Kyle decided. It was small and on occasion she had given the kids a bath together. She hoped that wasn't going to harm them permanently. They'd been giggly and more concerned with bubbles than anything else.
"What are you planning to do?" She wondered if she were in the plan. Painting she could do, but she definitely didn't want to tear up anything.
"A new commode might help." Kyle shrugged.
"You want to do this by yourself?" Rox was a bit alarmed. "You better call Sam."
"Hey, he's the one who calls me, when there's a plumbing problem. I'm pretty sure I can do it myself." Kyle told her.
Rox nodded. She was elated yet sad. She wasn't exactly working for her sister at the moment. She was here with the kids. And as much as they loved walking over to the zoo, and waiting for the call of the wild in the morning, well..she wondered if this was all she was good for.
"We have 500 bucks in the wedding budget, you know. Do you need that for the bathroom?" It was going to be slow go to ever make it down the matrimony isle. This was possibly as far as she'd get.
"No." Kyle winced with a laugh. "I can get one cheap, but good."
Thankfully, they stopped looking at the bathroom. She still wasn't sure if it was a good idea to pour any money into this place. Kyle liked the idea of a home instead of apartment living in Student Housing on campus. This was just a fluke, she guessed, or luck. Kyle seemed to have that, after talking to people. As young as he was, he seemed to always be able to say the right thing. Evidently, this wasn't the first time he'd found a place for practically nothing. They were paying him to live here. But it wasn't perfect.
"Oh, come on. You know, you love it." Hi arms came around her waist and she liked being wrapped up in his enthusiasm . A part of her felt as if she'd never had this kind of warmth and comfort that certainly made an old house a home.
"Yes." She laughed. He was right. This was beyond her wildest dreams. "Its just. I dunno what I'm suppose to do."
"What do you mean?" She felt his breath on her cheek. "You'll start classes."
"But what about the kids?" Rox sighed. There had to be a catch. There was always a catch. There always had been, when it came to happiness or having a real home.
"They're automatically enrolled in pre-school here." Had she forgot that? His kiss landed on her lips. She kissed him back. But she couldn't forget who might be watching. She heard giggling then.
"Come see what we made!" Rosie ran with Jai through the kitchen and popped the back screen open. There it was. They'd strung up an old bedspread that was left over from the move. It was their tent.
"Can we sleep out here?" Jai asked.
"No, you may not. There are a ton of mosquitoes out here." They lived off 'deet' products as it was. It was time to be MOM again. But she didn't mess with the tent. As if was, a tea party was set. All they needed were cookies. She guessed she better find those oatmeal sandwich cookies from Kyle's mother. But they needed lunch first.