It has been several weeks since our existence was last recorded. So much has transpired. The benefactor bid us adieu for 10 days, traveling east to Kentucky to chase her muse with a pen and paper. In her wake, the elder male and elder female were left in the care of a companion, continuing their studies in the benefactor’s absence.
While she was gone, the elder children decided to invite classmates over for a social gathering. In the midst, they decided to make homemade popcorn, neglecting the kernels as they smoldered and began to catch fire. According to the elder male, he smelled smoke, ran into the kitchen, and in a fit of desperate thinking, picked up the pot, ran outside, and threw it into the dirt, where an oil ring stain remains. There will no longer be popping of popcorn when the benefactor is not present.
Another incident relayed to the benefactor involved a man who was spotted by the elder female lurking in the front yard of our home as well as the neighbor’s. She told the benefactor that the man walked up to the front door and was breathing heavily. Of course, this was not relayed to the benefactor until days after the occurrence, at which point she was unable to do anything.
However, the scariest moment for the benefactor came as she was en route to return, and the elder female communicated that she was alone in the house when she suspected two people of breaking into the home. Apparently, law enforcement was already chasing some interested parties, and she believed the sought refuge in the living room. Smart as a whip, the elder female contacted the authorities who arrived promptly. It is believed the suspects disappeared over the back fence. Thus, the benefactor was greeted with tales of endangerment and fear upon her arrival. She felt grateful that all had survived the harrowing week and a half.
Seeing the children again gave the benefactor great joy, even though the younger children, when she finally saw them again for the first time, were primarily excited to learn with what gifts had been brought home for their benefit, rather than happy to just see the benefactor herself.
Later in the week, on the national holiday were people eat slaughtered turkeys with vegetable dishes, the elder children and the benefactor prepared a feast much greater than necessary for the three of them. As the younger children were not present, the table felt too quiet and empty. Twas the first time they had ever been separated for this particular celebration, and it was still lovely but somber.
To celebrate her return, the benefactor took all the children to a special viewing of the picture show, The Polar Express, on a huge screen with multidimensional realism. As usual, the benefactor gave everyone a time of departure hours in advance, and as usual, the elder female was slightly unprepared when the time to leave was upon them. Of course, this meant leaving later than planned, and arriving to the special event where a long line awaited them. Thankfully, seats were still available in the top row, and the benefactor and children settled in. The benefactor sent the elder female to purchase water and popcorn. As the younger children ravaged the popcorn instantly, the benefactor sent her back again to get another bucket, much to her chagrin. Afterward, the benefactor attempted to snap a photograph of all the children, only to have the elder male rebuke her efforts. This incited an argument, and the journey home was eerily silent. After arriving back at their domain, the elder male apologized profusely for his behavior, and the benefactor was glad to forgive him. More than anything, she was happy to have him, and the other children, to hug in person.