The closer Jonathan got to his goal of §50,000, the more nervous he got. It was the excited kind of nervous energy. He started working out again to channel that energy in healthy ways. At first he started jogging around the neighborhood. He loved jogging past the future site of the restaurant. But then he thought he ought to get some gym equipment to get in better shape. He only wanted to tone his muscles and lose a few pounds, but some days he was more enthusiastic about his workouts and he ended up gaining more muscle mass than he had planned. This particular day he laughed to himself. Heh, I’d like to hear Tony call me string bean now. He liked remembering the good times they had from time to time.
Working out wasn’t the only way he channeled his energy. He loved spending time with the little ladies in his life. Juliana was his favorite and only niece, and she had become Maya’s best friend so she came over a lot. When Aubrey’s birthday came around, Jonathan was overjoyed to have another little lady join their story time circle.
More days went by, and soon enough it was Maya’s birthday.
Maya got her father’s romantic trait and the party animal aspiration and promptly went to change her appearance. Ummm…to say she was feeling herself would be an understatement.
“You look great, Maya!”
“No…I look hot! We’ve gotta get you some new clothes too…and do something with your hair.”
They began planning the first party they were going to throw, but Juliette interrupted them. She stilled smelled trouble. Juliana knew she needed to make herself scarce.
“Happy birthday, kiddo.”
“Thanks, Aunt Juliette.”
“Don’t give your dad too much trouble…”
“Whatever do you mean?” Maya asked innocently.
Juliette looked at her with her classic Juliette face. “Get out. I gotta use the can.”
Maya smiled and rolled her eyes. “You’re crazy, Aunt Juliette.”
When Maya exited the bathroom, two of her young fans were waiting for her. I’m not exactly sure how Mark was still a child seeing as how he was born before her, but…moving on.
“Wooooow,” her little sister and now little cousin said as she stepped out into the hallway.
“Awww, you guys,” Maya blushed.
She sashayed over to her sister and modeled her new outfit.
“You’re so pretty, sissy!”
“You really think so?”
“Awww…thanks! You’re pretty cute yourself, you know?”
“Oh yeah…I know!”
Jonathan, on the other hand, while he thought his oldest daughter was very beautiful, he didn’t really like her new dress.
“Ummmm…does that dress come with a sweater or something?”