Alvin glanced around. Where was everyone? "Hello?" he called out again. "Sonja?!" He was starting to get worried.
He heard her from the nursery, "I'm in here Alvin! Come back quick!" she called, "Levi is trying to walk! He's so cute!"
Alvin rushed back and saw his little boy trying to take a few steps. Sonja grinned and lifted him up to snuggle. "He's growing up so fast!"
Sonja ran and grabbed the extinguisher and began spraying at the fire as Alvin frantically fretted in the background. "So much for family meal time," she growled once the fire was out. "I'm going to go take a bubble bath and go to bed."
Alvin trailed after her, "Are you okay, baby?" he asked worriedly. "I didn't mean to start the fire. I just wasn't paying attention! I forgot the stovetop was on..."
Evelyn looked down at her bowl. Dad was forgetting things a lot more lately. She'd heard Mom talking to Jansen about it one afternoon when they thought she wasn't listening. They whispered things like 'old timers'. But, she didn't know what it was. She hoped it wasn't serious...
Sonja glanced over at him as she practiced her chess game. "Don't rub it in!" she pouted.
Alvin came to sit with her. "What's wrong?" he asked.
"It just upsets me sometimes that I haven't gotten as far in my career as I wanted. I just spent so much time pregnant and caring for the kids. They don't give promotions if you stay home sick with the kids.."
Alvin looked at his wife. "I know it's been hard, but I appreciate all the sacrifices you did make. I wouldn't have gotten this far in life without you."
Sonja sighed. "I know... I guess I'm just... jealous..."
Alvin stood and patted her on the shoulder before walking to his bedroom. He got tired easily these days. He was even thinking of retiring to enjoy his last few years with the kids before they got too old.