Sunday, January 30, 2011

here comes the sun

July 2042 - Cyd Roseland is 39, Christa Roseland is 37, Charlie is 10, Connor is 5, Carrie is 2 (Michael Wilder is 10, Andrew Wilder is 8).

(Technically these are the ages as of August 2042, but I wanted to age up Connor and Carrie before I wrote the update.)

The Roseland family has lived in the same little farmhouse since Cyd and Christa got married, but with three kids the farmhouse can barely fit the family. Carrie's crib is in a corner of the living room, and Charlie and Connor share a tiny bedroom barely big enough for two beds.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

the blessings

June 2042 - Phil Jitkamusal is 32, Tara Jitkamusal is 30, Anna and Kat are 3.

Usually Tara stays with the girls while he's at work, but on days when she has to be at the bakery early, he stays home with them. He's supposed to also be working, but taking care of the twins takes up the entire day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

love story

May 2042 - Georgia London, Alison Cameron, Harper Myers, and Toby Wright are 16.

Warning: This story is intended for mature readers and contains sexual situations.

Since Alison had her baby, Georgia has been spending most of her time with her friends in Bridgeport. Her parents aren't thrilled with her going into the city on school nights, but they're so busy with work it isn't hard for her to sneak out. Her friends in the city don't have cars, but they have access to their parents' credit cards to rent a town car for the night.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

the start of something

April 2042 - Toby Wright, Alison Cameron, and Harper Myers are 16; Dylan Wright is 10, Avery Myers is 9.

Toby and Alison used to spend the time before the first bell flirting by the lockers, but ever since Bella was born, they've been spending most mornings fighting.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lowell College: Spring 2042

Spring 2042 - Senior: Phoebe Centowski; Sophomores: Nate Centowski, Theo Centowski, Matt Ottomas, Opal Raymond; Freshmen: Christian Andrews, Ellie Fairchild, Justin Kim, Meg Stanton, Aimee Wheeler.

This semester Matt has been trying to patch things up with Meg.

"So what do you think of college so far?"

"It's good. My classes are interesting, and I've met lots of cool people."

"I heard you're dating Christian."

"Yeah, I am. What about you? Do you have a girlfriend?"

"Uh not really. You know..."


Saturday, January 15, 2011

you ruined everything

March 2042 - Viola Cameron is 50, Alison Cameron and Toby Wright are 16, Bella is six months.

Alison's days begin before dawn with the sound of Bella's cry through the baby monitor. A year ago she would hit the snooze button on her alarm clock over and over until her mother insisted she get up, but now she gets out of bed before her eyes are fully open. After six months of parenthood she's perfected the half-asleep stumble from her bedroom to Bella's for the first diaper change of the day.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

it's alright

February 2042 - Orlando and Sharla Bertoni are 36, Donna is 12, Veronica is 3 (Samantha Ottomas is 58).

Ever since Emma and her family moved to Bridgeport, Samantha has been coming over to visit more often.

Monday, January 10, 2011

meeting across the river

January 2042 - Andrew and Emma Larrea are 28, Jason is 3 (Peter Ottomas is 59, Samantha Ottomas is 58).

There's been an increase in the number of break-ins, and the latest victims are the Larreas.

By the time the police arrive, the burglar has gotten away.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Santa baby

December 2041 - Benjamin Long is 50, Elizabeth Long is 44, Patrick Seiff is 28, Clara Seiff is 23, Christopher and Margaret are 14, Charlotte is 4 (Will Gray is 15).

Next year the child care arrangements will be a lot easier; Charlotte will be in kindergarten during the day, and Christopher and Margaret will watch her after school. But for now Benjamin and Elizabeth do their best to arrange their schedules so that one of them can take care of her.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

little lessons

November 2041 - Peter Ottomas is 59, Samantha Ottomas is 58, Orlando and Sharla Bertoni are 36, Sheila and Tommy Ottomas are 31, Donna Bertoni is 12, Katie is 7, Sean is 4, Veronica Bertoni is 3.

This is the first year Tommy and Sheila are having Thanksgiving dinner at their house instead of going to Tommy's parents' house. Tommy and Sheila get up at dawn to clean the house and start preparing dinner.

"Katie, can you please play with your brother?" Sheila asks. "I'll be right in the kitchen if you two need anything."

"Okay Mommy."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

just another

October 2041 - Anne and James Smith are 41, George is 17, John and Tom are 13, Jamie is 10, Alex is 8, Margaret Long is 14.

Fall is a busy time for the Smith family, with five kids in school and a mother who's a college professor.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Lowell College: Fall 2041

Fall 2041 - Senior: Phoebe Centowski; Sophomores: Nate Centowski, Theo Centowski, Matt Ottomas, Opal Raymond; Freshmen: Christian Andrews, Ellie Fairchild, Justin Kim, Meg Stanton, Aimee Wheeler.

This year Lowell College has a big freshman class. Justin, Meg, and Ellie are all freshman and live in Cabot Hall, along with their friends Christian Andrews and Aimee Wheeler from Bridgeport.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

back to school again

Fall 2041 - 2041/2042 school update.

Providence Elementary School

Samantha's class is very small this year, so she can give her students extra attention.

"Andrew, it's your turn to pick out today's story. What would you like to hear?"