Elizabeth glanced down, startled. "Mark! You missed the bus?"
Elizabeth grinned and held her glass up. "He wouldn't have noticed me if I hadn't complimented his brains!"
Austin smiled fondly at his wife. "Well if I hadn't noticed you, then I wasn't a very smart cookie."
Casey grinned, "To Mom & Dad!"
Tristen smiled sadly. "I'm afraid you did. But, go in and give your folks a hug. I know it would mean the world to them!"
"Who is it?" Austin called out as Elizabeth giggled.
"It's me, Conrad. I wanted to wish you guys a happy anniversary!"
"Thank you, dear!" Elizabeth called out as Austin grumbled "Come back later!"
Conrad heard giggling and shuffling in the bed and quickly got the gist. "Sorry!" he called through the door. "I'm just to pretend that didn't just happen." He walked into the kids room to check on David, who was sleeping soundly.
Motioning to the water balloon fight, he tried to entice her to have some fun. "We're missing a good time!"
Helen shrugged again. "I don't care. It doesn't matter anyways."
Helen nodded miserably.
Alan sat with her for a moment, looking at his hands. "I kind of know. I never really knew my Mom. She clinically died, but then came back to life and nothing was ever the same after that. It's almost like she died. But, she actually lives across town with some new bozo." Shrugging, he added, "It's hard to lose someone..."
Helen wiped a tear away. "I just don't understand how Michelle can be fine already & I feel so... so... helpless!"
Alan reached out and grabbed Helen's hand. "Everyone deals with their grief in a different way. She's just surrounding herself with friends. So.... come join us! I'll be over there getting hit with water balloons if you want to join!"
Helen watched him slide down the pole.
"What was that, honey? This cooking show is fascinating!"
Tristen gripped her belly and moaned. "Girls, go get your Father! I think it's time!"