Snapshots of a Perfect Life
Mrs. Oliver’s guitar had sat in the corner of the living room like a child in a dunce cap for almost three decades. One day, Skyla decided to pick it up to see if she had her mother’s talents. She didn’t. That didn’t stop her from practicing though.
Maya didn’t know anything about her grandmother. She simply wanted to do something her mother did. So, Skyla bought her a violin. She instantly recognized that Mrs. Oliver’s talents were not a dormant trait that skipped a generation, but she was glad that her daughter was trying something new. However, she didn’t stick with it.
Soon enough, the twins had their birthday. Benjamin, the 10th generation heir, is the one on the right, and Adrian is on the left.
Story time was always a big hit.
Having three small children was not without its challenges, but it wasn’t anything Jonathan and Skyla couldn’t handle.
Skyla often took a step back to gaze upon her not so little family in amazement. She remembered all that time she spent being depressed and anxious about when she would be in this place. As much as she wanted it then, if someone would have told her how happy she would be, how deep in love she would fall with her young ones, and how perfect her life turned out, she wouldn’t have believed it.
She loved her life and would change not one detail. Her kids thought she was pretty awesome too.
Soon enough, it was time to celebrate Maya’s birthday. It’s amazing how much she looks like Skyla, but yet so different. Skyla celebrated her adult birthday a little bit before Maya, and Jonathan’s elder birthday was approaching fast. Seeing as how his life had just begun to ramp up, he decided to take the youth potion to enjoy his children while he was still a young man. And, also to be closer in age to Skyla.
Well, they thought they were done sharing big news, but…surprise! They got a little too excited in the brand new hot tub one afternoon. They should remember how “dangerous” skinny dipping is from their buff in The Bluffs escapade. Oh well. Congrats, you crazy kids!
Jonathan was pretty happy about the news. It’ll grow on the boys. It was anticlimactic for Maya.
Shortly after the baby was born, Benjamin and Adrian celebrated their birthday. They wasted no time joining Maya and their older cousins’ nights out on the town. Benjamin is the one with the hair combed to the side, Adrian has the curly hair and sagging pants, that is Juliana with the braids, and Mark in the red. The other kid is a childhood friend of all of them.
Juliana celebrated her young adult birthday at home with the entire family present. Isn’t she lovely?
Jonathan is now at level 9 of his career and has a very competitive salary. Between his salary, the flowers, and Skyla’s paintings, the Pruetts are doing quite well for themselves now. Their bank account may not have many decimal places; the house may not be as grand as the Pruett Estate; they may have to clean their own bathrooms and fix their own broken things; but if you believe that they would be happier back in the estate, you would be wrong.
At last. Meet Victoria Pruett: the last generation 10 child. She is named after Skyla’s mother.