|Series:||The Genesis Project|
|Release date:||November 15, 2015|
|Previous chapter:||The Next Generation Springs Forth|
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There hasn't really been that much that has happen for us this past season. We haven't had any birthdays. The Rec Center is really starting to take shape. I am quite impress with how it is coming along. It still has a while before it will reach the level that I am hoping that it will get to, but it is getting there. The Hardware Store is in need of some focus and revamping soon, so I think that will be my focus for this next Fall.
I see that Tyler didn't let you know what change to the community he eventually had to agree to. I will let Nick tell you about it because that is really his report, but I have to admit that we do have to change the way things have been going on around here because things are no longer the same as they used to be. I know that George and Jacob are better off for this change as well. In fact, I believe all of the kids are better off.
As far as the business go, I have been focusing on teaching Andrew all of the trade secrets as well as the ropes of running because I know that there will come a time when he will need to take over for me. I tried to get Thomas interested as well, but he just seems to only want to party all the time. The few times that I can get him to focus, he does well but that is too rare of an occurrence. So needless to say, the businesses haven't really grown that much this last quarter. They haven't lost growth, so I guess that is a good thing. I hope that with more full time help around, I can really start to pick up some more growth soon.
In fact, you might also notice that I have another young adult in the household. Andrew got engaged to Ed. I am sure that is what Tyler was referring to when he said that he wasn't too happy about something that has happened this season. Ed had told his dam and sire, Lance and Jason, as well as his grandsire, Tyler who is the only one of the original 8 who is still alive, that he wanted to be engaged to Andrew. Both Lance and Jason were complacent about the request just like Drew and I were for Andrew being his sire and dam. Tyler was the only one who expressed his dislike of the idea to limit oneself to one individual. The reason that Ed and Andrew gave that they should was that everyone were either brothers or cousins except for one person anyway, so it wouldn't really be limiting to one person if there wasn't anyone else. Tyler was quick to point out that Ed and Thomas weren't related either. Thomas said that he was quite happy not have any children, which made Tyler upset even more because he couldn't imagine not wanting to procreate. Tyler decided that since this would eventually affect everyone in the community that it should be put to a community wide vote. When everyone else in the community voted, it was unanimous that families should be conducted with this sort of commitment. Tyler then conceded his disapproval largely because he was out-voted.
And if that wasn't enough to get excited about, Ed is pregnant with who will be the first child of the 4th generation. So I am guessing that I won't really be able to rely on Ed doing some help with the businesses as much due to having children, but at least that will mean that Andrew will be able to focus more so that I was able to when I was having children. Maybe that will mean that we can grow and expand enough so that we aren't the poorest family in the community.
The business side of things seems to have been on a halt mainly because I have been focusing on making sure that Lawrence knows the trade secrets since it seems that he will be the one to continue the family line. Maybe I can also encourage him to take up cooking as well. I guess we will have to see about that.
In other news, both Zack and I have been able to get jobs from the other businesses. I am a rookie on the newly formed sports team, and Zack is working as a convenience store clerk. The team is pretty small right now with only a couple of players, but we are hoping that it will grow and that we can make it a favorite pass-time for everyone else who isn't on the team. Zack doesn't mind where he is at. In fact, he likes that he doesn't really have to think that much and gets to handle a lot of simoleons.
Since the boys are now growing up, I have been able to focus on the businesses more so. At the moment, I don't have any who are learning the trades or the family secrets, but I hope that I will eventually. I have been able to get Kevin to help out a little, so maybe I can convince him to take over. I suspect that it will be a while before I am successful in doing so because it seems that the idea hasn't even been something that any of the boys thought of. I guess I will just have to leave hints here and there very subtly so that they won't run off from the idea of eventually taking over.
Of course, I can't entirely put fault on any of them because I haven't really been focusing on the family business much myself lately. Jason has been doing some things to help out here and there, but I did accept the role from Kyle after he passed away. There are still several things that he had left me to learn at the wheel that I never did learn myself. So I guess I better do that before I expect any of my boys to take up the trade. I just would rather do other things than standing at the wheel and holding clay as it spins. Things like going for a jog might be fun.
The other reason that I haven't been focusing on the family trade much is because I have decided to get into the music business. I am currently the coffee shop sound engineer. Jason has joined the sports team and is a minor leaguer. I find that rather interesting as it isn't that large of a league anyway, so I guess it isn't anything but a minor league.
I must say that is feels a little weird to not have any little guys running around anymore now that Joe, Jesse, and Nicholas are now teens. It will be exciting to see what they will do as they get older. As I mentioned above, I will start grooming Joe to run the household. That means that the businesses will have more focus in the coming seasons. It is actually a good thing because they have been falling behind somewhat as of late. I feel somewhat bad about that because I haven't been making my dam's dream of having the type of business he wanted come true, but that will change soon.
As for what has been happening with Timothy and myself this past season, we have also taken on work. I am working as a Piano Tuner, and Timothy is working as a Drive Through Clerk. I know that they don't seem to have much to do with working the clothes, but it is towards something that we have both wanted to do. I have always wanted to be a music star, and Timothy has always wanted to be a top chef. I don't know if we will ever be able to with it being so late in our adulthood, but it is still worth pursuing. And if I am able to really teach Joe everything I know so that he can take over, then I can really focus on doing that while he takes care of the family obligations. I actually like that idea. I guess I have something to really work for these next few seasons. Maybe I can convince Timothy to help me so that it can happen faster. It would be in his interest too.
And speaking of the family business, I have decided to buy another lot from Tyler to further expand it. I will now be able to provide the community with some upgraded showers that are actually quite nice. I am sure that my dam would be very proud of how things have been coming along. I know that I am.