Jane kickstarted her morning with a healthy salad breakfast she had prepared for the family. However, only she and Chance were up when she was done, so the two of them sat on the couch and watched some cartoons on the Kidz network while they chatted.
“How is school going?” Jane asked her son.
“Fine.” He said, looking away. He had been getting a C and didn’t want his Mom to be disappointed in him.
Jane figured she wouldn’t get too much more of a response out of him, so she switched the topic to his favorite toys. They chatted until Raelynn woke up.
“Good morning, sweetie.” Jane greeted her eldest daughter. “I was thinking we could both go for a jog.”
Even though Raelynn had just woken up, her eyes lit up. “Really? You’ll jog with me?”
“Of course, I’m here to support you one-hundred percent.” Jane winked at Raelynn.
“Alright, let me change!” Raelynn skipped to her room to change into her athletic wear while Jane changed also.
The girls met at the front door and then took off for their jog. Jane didn’t realize she was out of shape until she was jogging with Raelynn. Both girls found it hard to talk to each other while running, so they gave up and just enjoyed the silence. Raelynn was happy her Mom was with her as it made jogging more fun and relaxing for her. Eventually, they both made it around the neighborhood and back to the house. Even though they were exhausted, they were elated since they both enjoyed the nice exercise.
While Jane and Raelynn were running, Dayna and Chance enjoyed a nice conversation in Chance’s bedroom. They both cracked jokes, making fun of their Mom when she scolded them about leaving the lot unsupervised. Both kids found it hilarious, and soon Dayna knew she had found a good friend in her brother. They enjoyed their time together and went outside to play tag until their Mom and sister returned.
After returning, Raelynn immediately picked up Luna and began to practice playing some songs. She could tell she was starting to slim down, and she was pleased that her attempt at being healthy was working. She was in good moods often now and felt more inspiration while playing her guitar. She was also starting to gain more skill, so her music didn’t make everyone else in the house tense.
Jane knew her daughter would improve soon; it was just a matter of waiting out the terrible sound until she did. Just as she always did though, Jane did her best to support Raelynn at what she wanted to do. Jane would often sit and listen to her play her songs and offer her encouragement.
After playing her guitar, Raelynn decided to change into some comfy clothes and spend some quality time with Chance. She wanted to take a picture with him, which he gladly agreed to. Fifty pictures later, they both had developed a stronger bond with each other. Raelynn started telling Chance some stories from when she was younger, and the two felt closer than ever.
As everyone else had a happy and fun-filled day, Jane’s was taking a turn for the worse. It was her birthday and not one of her friends or kids remembered. She felt as if she were about to burst into tears as she made dinner for her family. She finally managed to make a decent meal and left it on the corner for her kids to eat, heading to her room.
When her Mom wasn’t at dinner that night, Raelynn knocked on her door. “Mom, are you alright?”
Jane managed to say in a mostly normal voice, “Yeah, I just have a headache.” She heard Raelynn’s footsteps head away from the door, and she knew she was free to break down quietly. Jane ended up crying herself to sleep that night as she dreamt of what her birthday could have been like had anyone bothered to remember.