Saturday, July 31, 2010


May 2034 - Benjamin Long is 42, Elizabeth Long is 36, Christopher and Margaret are 6.

Elizabeth loves their house in the woods, especially during the spring. Even though they're only a few miles outside of Providence, the trees provide a wonderful sense of solitude.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

end of the movie

February 2034 - Robert Stanton is 33, Meg is 10, Libby is 5, Jodie and Sadie are 2.

Robert was living his happy ending - a beautiful wife, a successful career as an architect, and four beautiful daughters. But now he's divorced and a single father to four daughters.

everywhere you look

November 2033 - Anne Smith, James Smith, and Robert Stanton are 33; Meg Stanton is 10; George Smith is 9; John Smith, Tom Smith, and Libby Stanton are 5; Jamie Smith, Jodie Stanton, and Sadie Stanton are 2; Alex Smith is four months.

Anne is on maternity leave for the fall semester after giving birth to Alex, the Smiths' fifth child.

Monday, July 26, 2010

lullaby haze

August 2033 - Jack Cooper is 31, Jillian Cooper is 30, Jackson is 5, Rachel is 3, Piper is two weeks.

Jillian gives birth to her third child, another daughter. They name her Piper, Jillian's maiden name.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

life for rent

May 2033 - Jenny Johnson is 31, Meg Stanton is 9, Padma Ramaswami is 14, Ricky Cormier is 38.

Jenny and Robert separated over a year ago after she told him about her affair with Ricky Cormier, and she moved to a small apartment on Main Street. It's the same building where she and Robert lived when Meg was a baby.

The divorce is taking a long time. Divorce always takes a long time, especially when there are children involved. But Jenny isn't contesting anything or fighting for custody; she knows the girls will be better off staying in the house with Robert. She's the one who's walking out on their family.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

walking the dog

February 2033 - Cyd Roseland is 29, Christa Roseland is 27, Charlie is 12 months, Tommy Ottomas is 22.

Cyd and Christa had their first child last year, a son named Charlie. They live in a small farmhouse outside of Providence, not far from the Wilder's farm.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

the old apartment

November 2032 - Sheila Lillard and Tommy Ottomas are 22, Caroline Wilder is 31.

Tommy and Sheila graduated from Lowell College last summer, and now they're living together in an apartment in Providence. Sheila is a robotics engineer at iRobot, and Tommy teaches at Providence School.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

summer days

August 2032 - Orlando Centowski is 38, Steffi Centowski is 37, Phoebe is 12, Nate and Theo are 10, Sheila Lillard is 22.

Summer at the Centowski house is always a busy time of year with all three kids off from school. This summer is even more hectic because the Centowski's just adopted a new puppy named Leroy.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

material girl

May 2032 - Andrea and Randy London are 34, Georgia is 6.

Andrea and Randy are both extremely busy with work, but at least one of them makes sure to be home with Georgia for breakfast and dinner every day.

"How is school, sweetie?" asks Andrea.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

blue and gold print

February 2032 - Robert Stanton is 31, Jenny Stanton is 30, Meg is 8, Libby is 3, Jodie and Sadie are four months, Ricky Cormier is 37.

Robert and Jenny just had their third and fourth children, twin daughters named Jodie and Sadie. They hadn't really been planning to have another child so soon after Libby, and now they're the parents of an eight-year-old, a toddler, and twin babies. Taking care of two kids was hard enough, but with four Robert and Jenny have no free time. They only see each other in passing, in between bottles and diaper changes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

falling for the first time

November 2031 - Peter Ottomas is 49, Samantha Ottomas is 48, Sheila Lillard and Tommy Ottomas are 21, Paul Ottomas and Brittany Parker are 14, Clara Long is 13, Matt Ottomas is 9.

Emma and Sophie are freshmen at Lowell College, and Paul and Matt are the only Ottomas kids still living at home.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Judy is a punk

August 2031 - Neil Cameron is 57, Viola Cameron is 40, Clara Long and Padma Ramaswami are 13, Alison Cameron and Georgia London are 6, Julien and Melissa Cooke are 44, Anthony Cooke is 14.

One morning, a few weeks before school starts, Clara decides to cut her hair. She's starting eighth grade this year, and she's had the same good girl haircut for as long as she can remember. It's definitely time for a change. She finds a picture in a magazine to guide her, and even though her hair doesn't turn out exactly like in the magazine, she's pretty happy with it.