There, THAT… that was the moment that everything changed. No, not the passing of daddy, though that was traumatic enough, but this is the moment I’m referring to.
But I’m getting ahead of myself; let me start at the beginning.
I’m Arkansas, just your average Riverview teen.
Well, with the exception that my family doesn’t have a private garden, nor do we pick fruit from the neighborhood greenhouse. The reason I say this is because Riverview is a farming community. I believe most everyone in town was waiting for one of the State children to fail in life. Isn’t that what happens when your mom and dad are both famous?
Dad, Alabama State, was a famous Astronaut. (of course I thought he looked best in his Top Gun Uniform). To me, they were just mom and dad.
They had a wonderful marriage filled with love, loyality, and fun until the very end.
My sister Arizona, I don’t really know her, as she is like 12 years older than me; but I love her, because well.. she’s my sister.
I vaguely remember Arizona. When I was enjoying my child stage, she had already graduated high school, joined the firefighter career
Anyway, back on topic.
So Arizona moved Jasper in because his parents moved away and left him behind. One night while at a summer pool party Jasper proposed to Arizona. Of course she accepted. She is just as family oriented as mom.
Arizona started right away planning a wedding. Don’t ask me why, but Arizona planned not only a fall wedding but a NIGHT wedding. Really?
It was still a beautiful wedding. Mom and dad surprised them with a honeymoon in Sunlite Tides. They showed us some of the photos once they returned.
gallery of Arizona and Jasper’s Wedding
My room was next to Arizona and Jasper’s room. I heard EVERYTHING! It seemed like once they got back, if they weren’t woohooing, or flirting, Arizona was throwing up. She swore she had food poisioning.
Well at the end of the day, Arizona didn’t have food poisioning. she was PREGNANT! and I was the first person she told.
I was so excited for her. I was going to be an Aunt.
Of course I had to touch her belly, even though she wasn’t showing yet.
Being an aunt was fun in theory, not in practice. let’s just say babies are noisy. Just before I’d aged up to teenage years, Sun ( Arizona’s daughter) was a toddler, and yep you guessed it, Arizona was again pregnant!
Christmas was great that year. Mom and dad gifted Arizona and Jasper with their own home! Only the best gift ever!. When Arizona and Jasper left, they took a few momentos, mom’s old car and their children. Is it bad that I didn’t miss her? The house was quiet again.