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Nolan Family Introduction
Mason Nolan (65 years old)
[Amber Nolan is 19 years old]
Narrated by Mason
It's been pretty lonely without Amber home. I really hope she's enjoying her time down at Ashland University. Lord knows I did when I was there. My days just seem to blend into one another now that I don't have a strict schedule. The one thing that has remained is that I always gather up my morning paper as soon as the paper boy drops it off.
The house is often too quiet for me. I try and get out as much as I can. I like taking the taxi service since it gives me someone to talk to on the drive over to downtown Ashland.
One of my favorite places to go is the bowling alley. Back when I was younger, I was on a league. They don't currently have any leagues for seniors, which is too bad. I am one mean bowler though, let me tell you. I try to bring up the idea of an all senior's bowling league to the manager every time I come in but usually, he doesn't want to hear it. There really ought to be a place for us seniors to keep active and have social interaction with one another. I might have to write a letter to my congressman.
After I get home from bowling, I usually wash the dishes from breakfast. Housework has always been one of my favorite things to do. Give me a load of laundry to fold and I'm a happy man!
Amber usually calls me once a week to chit chat. When she called this week, I decided to invite her over for dinner on Saturday night. It's already Thursday so I am hoping that she hasn't made any other plans. I try to play up the dinner by telling her I would make her favorite, chicken parm.
Luck would have it, Amber didn't have any plans. She did ask if she could bring along a new friend. Of course I said yes and am delighted to meet this person!
I wasn't expecting Amber to show up with a boy. Heavens, her and Emmett just broke up a few months ago. I was surprised she moved on so quickly. Although, she didn't exactly introduce Tyler as her boyfriend so maybe I am getting ahead of myself.
We had a pleasant conversation at the kitchen table. I got to learn about Tyler. From what I've heard so far, he sounds like a good kid. Amber and Tyler told me all about their classes and coursework. I never went to college myself so I can't imagine how these kids are juggling all these assignments! Amber also mentioned that lately she hasn't been feeling well. My guess is that she's so stressed out from all the work she has to do! I told her to try and relax a little whenever she can. I hope she listens to my advice.
I start to prep dinner. I really do enjoy cooking for others. When my wife passed, I couldn't even toast a piece of bread on my own without setting off the smoke detector. Now that I have years of experience under my belt, I've actually become a pretty good cook.
Tyler was a big help in the kitchen. As I fried up the chicken cutlets he wiped down the counters for me without a hesitation. It was really nice to have someone help me out in the kitchen.
Before now time, we sat down to a lovely dinner. Chicken parm is Amber's favorite. They both must have been hungry because they devoured it! I guess the food they are serving on campus isn't very good. Amber even had a second plate, which is surprising!
The kids cleaned up the kitchen. I wanted to help them but they insisted that I take a load off and relax on the couch. I know I shouldn't but I admit, I felt a little guilty letting them clean up my kitchen. They should be the ones taking a load off! I can't be a guest in my own home.
After Amber and Tyler finished cleaning up, we chatted in the living room. It was almost 8:30, which just so happens to be my bedtime. As much as I wanted to stay up and chat some more, I kept feeling my eyes closing as I started to drift to sleep. Finally, I decided to head up the stairs and go to bed.
I heard some giggling as I made my way to my room but I was too tired to be concerned.
They ended up sleeping in the guest room, together. Against my directions. Obviously there isn't much I can do about it now since it's over and done. I really would have preferred that Amber slept in her old bedroom but I guess I didn't make that point clear enough.
I wasn't sure how late Amber and Tyler would sleep. She's a chronic late sleeper so I figured I would wait until I heard someone get up before I started cooking.
I told Amber that I was disappointed in her for now following my directions and sleeping in her old room. She sounded surprised that I was lecturing her. She apologized and said it wouldn't happen again. She's right about that! Especially if I have something to say about it.
Amber and Tyler stayed a little while after breakfast. I didn't want her to go, but I know she's probably got a ton of things to do back at university. I loved seeing her again. It was such a lovely weekend - one I wish we could have more of.