Shannon smiled up at her while he surfed around the internet. "I don't want to stay in the same job forever, I want to go into something new and exciting. I was thinking about politics!"
Brittany's smile wavered. "Do you think that's smart. The baby's almost here. Can't you stay a little longer? Until things are more stable?"
Shannon got up and rubbed Brittany's back. "Don't worry baby. I've got this all taken care of!"
Shannon grinned. "I can! Twins run in our family!" He played with Alton's toes. "Look at this guy, he's so tiny!"
Adam pulled Michelle into a quick celebratory dance. "And you're a grandma!"
"It's been forever since we've had a baby in the house! I need to read all about parenting. Brittany might have questions!"
Adam nodded. "Let's read the book together." As an afterthought, he added, "You know, Brittany's not that bad. She seems to be really in love with Shannon."
Michelle rolled her eyes. "I told you so!"
"Happy birthday, baby. I hate to have to run, but there's something at work I need to take care of!"
Brittany had cried one night in Shannon's arms after Sonja's first word was 'gama' instead of 'mama'. "They love your parents more than me... and I'm their mother!"
Shannon stroked her back. "No they don't. They know you're their mom. And, you know, my folks aren't going to be around forever. I love that the kids are going to know their grandparents. Hopefully they're have really positive memories of them.."
Brittany sniffled. "I know! I know! I just... It's just hard sometimes, that's all."
Shannon dried her tears. "I know. I'll talk to Mom."
Shannon shook his head. "I don't know... when you fall in love, you just know!"
Alec grumbled. "Big help you are!"
Katy giggled. "Maybe afterwards we could.. um... go upstairs?"
Alec did a double-take. "Oh yeah? Really?"
Katy giggled again and nodded as everyone began singing happy birthday.