True to form, when Leisure Day came around James left the house early to attend a party he was throwing at the public pool. He'd only invited a handful of people, but he hoped that they would each bring friends of their own. More people was always more fun! He made sure to get changed before he left the house, in order to minimize the time before he could dive into the refreshing water.
Epsilon: "I'll learn things?"
Alpha: "Yeah, like math and science and language arts. You'll love it."
Alpha took a deep breath. Things had gotten a lot worse at school since Sondra and James had broken up - she suspected that Sondra had been spreading rumors about James sleeping around and who he'd had children with. Alpha could deal with it, but Epsilon was young, and still so innocent.
Alpha: "Some of the kids at school might be kind of mean. They'll make fun of you, and tease you for things."
Epsilon: "Why? It's not nice."
Alpha: "I know it's not nice, but sometimes they do it anyway. They even do it to me, but I try not to let it bother me."
Epsilon: "They tease you?"
Her eyes got wide as she tried to imagine her older sister getting made fun of by other kids.
Alpha: "Yeah, all the time. I just don't let it bother me, alright? They might say stuff like you don't have a mom."
Epsilon: "I don't have a mom though."
Alpha: "No, you do have a mom, I met her when I was little. I think she loves you a lot, she just had to leave. But the kids don't understand that. Just try not to let it make you sad, okay? If anybody is bothering you, you can always come to me, okay?"
Epsilon smiled and reached out to give her sister's neck a hug.
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I'm actually keeping track of the money belonging to the children of this generation, separately of what's in the main family funds. It's a bit annoying, but I figure that James won't buy them anything that isn't necessary. Toys, cake, skilling objects, phone repairs, university, and so on are "extras," so they'll have to find the money on their own. It was especially challenging at this point in the generation, because Alpha couldn't take a job after school and also take care of the children, so she was limited to opportunities, which suddenly became few and far between for her. It's been a fun way to play, but I definitely don't want to do it every generation!
And yes, I have been having Alpha do 90% of the childcare. James feeds and potty trains when Alpha's at school, but once she's home she does all the socializing, care, and teaching. James didn't help to teach any of the walking/talking skills, fitting with his role as the parent who does only the bare minimum.
Omicron's hair is the same color as Eliza's was. It drove me crazy for way longer than it should have, trying to figure out where I'd seen that color before. I knew it wasn't anything that EA put in my game!