The school was true to their word. Despite Alex being one of the brightest students in the school with an “A” average, he was still suspended for the fight he had gotten involved in a few days ago.
Not wanting him to fall behind on his school work and be forced to repeat the grade over again, I took him out of the school completely and enrolled him in home school.
Alex adjusted to not going to school fairly well. He no longer had to worry about constantly defending his family to guys like Jake. Without the stress of bullies, his behavior also improved. He helped me a great deal with his younger sisters.
I guess I shouldn’t take all the credit for his recent change in attitude. There is another young lady that had made quite the impact on Alex.
Her name is Eliza Porter, and she is such a sweet young girl. From what Alex has told me about her past, she recently moved to town and is also being home schooled. Her family has always been very strict on her so she is a little shy around new people, but she and Alex seemed to really be drawn to one another.
Alex isn’t the only member of the family that has gotten a love life recently. Esme and Andre have both started dating as well. I haven’t gotten to meet Andre’s girlfriend yet, but Esme’s boyfriend has been over to the house a couple of times. He shares her love for music and is a wild one. Just like Esme, Max is a real party animal.
It has been nearly a week since I made the phone call, hoping to get some sort of advice. Today was finally the day when I’d be getting my answers.
I was scheduled to meet the person at the bistro just as the sun was setting. I tucked my children into bed and headed there. I waited and waited…
Finally after what felt like hours, she arrived.
She looked exactly as I remembered her – only a little older and little greyer. My mother, Patricia, was just as beautiful as she had always been.
I stood to greet her with a hug. We both commented on how great the other looked, and my mother couldn’t stop obsessing over how short my hair was.
We took a seat at the same table that I had previously been sitting at and started catching up. My mother told me that she had retired as a model and was currently working as a manager.
“I was getting ready to head to Shang Sim La in China when you called, but I changed my travel plans and booked a photo shoot with a couple of young men that I am currently working with for here in Sunset Valley.”
“You have no idea how much I appreciate you doing that for me mom. I really hated to bother you because I know how busy you are, but I just didn‘t know else who I could talk to.”
“What’s the matter dear?” My mother asked and my mind flashed back to sitting in Mrs. Ramsey’s classroom.
I told her the whole story. About Alex’s behavior leading up to the fight. About my sudden burst of guilt for Alex’s misbehavior. I even told her about my fears if I were to continue this challenge, and the teasing that my children would be put through if I were to continue.
“Mom, I love each and every one of my children with all my heart, but was it wrong of me to enter into this kind of challenge? Shouldn’t I have realized how difficult it would make my children’s lives?”
My mother replied with a smile on her face, “Sweetheart, if you hadn’t entered into this challenge, you never would have had Alex or many of his other siblings. You are raising so many amazing children that are destined to do great things…don’t let yourself become discouraged because of a couple of immature children who don’t know any better…who weren’t taught any better by their own parents.”
My mother was right…I was doing my absolute best to raise my children properly. They knew the difference between right and wrong, I shouldn’t allow myself to feel like a bad mother because of the way another parent chooses to raise their own children. I hated to think how my life would be if I hadn’t started the 100 baby challenge. All the wonderful children that I had brought into this world so far wouldn’t exist.
“That sounds like a great idea!!” I exclaimed.
I’ve been working on trying to post this update for the past hour or so, but I was having a lot of issues with wordpress. Which is odd because it never gives me problems, but for some reason there were large, random spacing gaps towards the bottom of the update when I would go to preview. No matter how much I would try to backspace and erase them, I couldn’t seem to get rid of them. So I hope the update is alright, I was getting slightly annoyed towards the end.