It’s Paolo’s birthday!
Jasper: ”Sorry dad, I tried to follow the recipe for the cake carefully, but it didn’t quite turn out as white as the pictures…”
Paolo: ”Oh, urhm… That’s alright. It looks delicious.”
Still got it!
Well, for the most part.
Iris and Paolo were seeing eye to eye again, after Paolo’s initial freak-out on her birthday. Maybe it was old age making him soft, but his daughter had grown up to be quite a remarkable young woman…
Iris had tried, with varying degrees of success, to introduce the rest of the family to the chess table.
Paolo secretly enjoyed the game. Ir was surprisingly fun for being so inactive, but he had to admit it was a welcome change of pace.
Jasper: ”Hey, babe!”
Maddie: ”Hey you! Good afternoon, Mr. Ivey.”
Paolo: *oblivious* ”Maddison, hello… Have you played this game? I’m off to work, maybe you could take my place.”
Maddie: ”Sure. Have a nice day at work, Mr. Ivey.”
Paolo: ”Thank you, you kids enjoy yourselves. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do, heh heh.”
Jasper: ”Is he gone?”
Maddie: ”Yeah, I think so…”
Jasper: ”Oh. My. God! That was messing around?”
Jasper: ”Wow. Just wow… Wow.”
Jasper: ”Hey, sis, would you… Move?”
Iris: ”I know what you di-i-i-id!”
Iris: ”It’s gonna cost you dearly this time, or I’ll tell mom and dad! I mean, if you’ll get away with it, come on… In their bed? Classy. Oh, this is gonna be great! Mom’ll be home from work any minute now!”
Summer did, indeed, return from work shortly thereafter. She was a bit preoccupied, however.
To top it all off, the shower was broken!
Maddie snuck out of the house, unnoticed.
Maddie: ”Wow. Just wow… Wow.”
Summer wasn’t quite done for the day… After finally getting to take a nice and hot shower she had her garden to tend to.
It was hard work…
…but it was beginning to pay off!