"Mom?" Michelle ran in, breathless. "I have something super, uper, duper big to ask!"
Tristen sighed. "Michelle, I already told you a million times, I don't want you going on outings with boys."
Tristen sighed again. Her daughter was so boy crazy and worried about being popular. It was frustrating! "Michelle, I just don't think it's fair to ask him..."
Michelle stomped her foot. "Mom! Come on! I'm growing up! I might be going to college soon!"
Tristen paused, "Might?"
Michelle paused. "Who knows? I might just let being an adult go to my head because I've been sheltered so much as a child... I might not wind up going to college at all!"
Tristen threw her hands in the air. "Fine! But be home by 8 tonight... Or else!"
Mark rolled his eyes. "That was low, Michelle. Really low."
Michelle stuck her tongue out. "Who cares! It worked!"
"Guess what Patrick! Mom said I can go to the movies with you!"
Patrick smiled. "Great. Let me get the rest of the group together."
Michelle's smile fell. "The rest... of the... group..." she trailed off. "I thought it would be just you and me."
Patrick ruffled Michelle's hair. "Good one, Michelle!"
Michelle squirmed. "No, really. I thought... that you liked me..." Closing her eyes, she leaned forward to kiss him.
Michelle struggled to hold in the tears. "Ha! Got you. Umm... why don't you go grab the group & I'll go get ready. Be right back!" Michelle hurried to the bathroom.
"Alright guys! Let's go!" she said cheerfully as she walked out to greet everyone. Someone had to be the life of the party!
Tristen gazed lovingly at all of her children surrounding her. "What wonderful children I have!" she said happily. "You remembered!"
Michelle shook her head. "No way! I'm listening to music!"
Michelle smiled. "I am playing with you. I'm sitting on a slide watching you play."
"I'm hungry," Martin pouted.
"Fine! I'll go make some hot dogs."
"Yeah, well Mom's busy right now. So eat up."
Just then Tristen hurried through the door. "Thanks for watching the kids, Michelle. I had to go pick up a few things. I'll be right back."
Tristen was so glad Michelle was old enough to watch the kids! Planning birthday parties had always been so hard when she had to drag the kids with her wherever she went.