Before we get into the story, I have another story to tell about getting the story ready. My son, who is ten, suddenly asked me yesterday if he could be in my stories. He wanted me to make a doll that looks like him and he was hoping to make up his own lines for me to write. I told him I couldn't make a doll that looks like him, but I have a boy doll I can use to be him. He was excited. Then I told him that I can't just have him be this little boy from nowhere, so I had to place him with a family. We literally went into my doll room so I could find a family. I did find one and he was excited. He even made me give them a dog. You'll meet the family shortly.
Then my son told me that he needs to help me with the stories. Well, I like my private doll time and space, but despite my efforts to re-direct him to things he normally does, he insisted on being my helper. So, I ended up letting him take photos. I told him one time how I take photos of each scene in the story, from different angles, and he picked up on it quickly. So, most of the photos you see in this story were taken by my son. In fact, I only took the first two. All the rest my son took. I was quite impressed with how well he did.
Well, I hope you enjoy the story and the photography.
THE STORY STARTS HERE
It is Saturday, early evening, the weekend before Christmas. Avery, Craig and Aviana are home waiting for Parker and Cora Finch, Avery's and Parker's mother to arrive. Avery's and Parker's father, Ian Hayes, has arrived and is waiting with them. Although they are all going to dinner after the photo shoot, Craig picked up some dinner for Aviana so she wouldn't have to wait or get to antsy about eating.
Avery: I know, Baby. Go ahead and eat. I'll put your ice cream in the freezer for you. You can have it later or tomorrow. Okay?
Craig: Are you going to eat the apple pie now so you won't be hungry either?
Avery: Yes, I like it warm and fresh.
Craig: Okay, Babe. Do you need anything?
Avery: No, my pie and I will be just fine. Thank you, Sweetheart.
Craig: And I always will.
Ian: I'm sure you will.
Craig: Do you want another beer?
Ian: No, I'm just sipping on this one. One is my limit this evening. Just enough to enjoy the taste.
The bell rings and Craig answers it. It's Parker.
Ian: Hi, Son. It's good to see you. Get on over here and give me a bear hug. I swear your muscles just keep getting bigger.
Parker: I've been missing you too, Dad. I promise I'll make plans to come soon. Work's just been busy.
At the same time, Aviana is trying to be nosey so she turns around and stands up in her chair.
Aviana: But I wan to see dem.
Avery: You need to eat your dinner. They aren't going anywhere. Sit down, please.
Aviana: I wan to see!
Craig: You're being naughty. Do you need a smack on the rump?
Aviana (frowning) : Nooooo.
Aviana decides the sting on her rump isn't worth still standing up, so she sits down. Craig grabs a beer for Parker from the refrigerator and goes to hand it to him.
Craig: Sure, Babe.
Ian: It looks like someone else is controlling some hunger over there, huh? It's funny how such little people can create a big appetite.
Avery: Dad, little ears, remember?
Ian (laughing): I remember. I tried to speak in code, but I won't say another thing, Darling.
Parker: Thanks, Craig. I don't need it for any edge, but I'll take it.
Craig (smiling): Uhuh. That remains to be seen.
Craig sits down next to Ian.
Ian: I'll be fine. Cordial as usual. Parker, on the other hand, we'll need to help.
Parker: I'll be fine too. Can we talk about something else, please?
Craig: Sure. So, Ian, are you all done with shopping? I tried to get finished early this year.
Ian: I'm done. I just hope everyone likes everything I got them. What about you Parker? Still waiting until the last minute?
Ian: I'm surprised. I know you are always a little stressed over it.
Parker: I was stressed, but I ordered some things online earlier. Today I didn't go alone, so I had help hitting the stores, and making some good choices. So I did pretty well.
Ian: Really? You must have gone with a shopping pro.
Parker: I think so.
Ian: Not that I'd know who it is, but who helped you?
Parker: A good friend.
Ian: Well, I hope it's a good lady friend. I need grandchildren all around.
Avery (laughing): Don't worry, Baby. I'm not really giving Uncle Parker away.
The gentlemen chat for a few minutes. Meanwhile, Aviana finishes her dinner and Avery lets her out of the chair after she cleans her hands and face.
Craig: Okay, Babe. You need shoes don't you?
Avery: Yes, I'll get them.
The doorbell rings.
Avery: I'll get them after I get the door, I guess.
Avery heads to the door to answer it. Craig gets up to go greet his mother-in-law.
Parker: Why does everyone think I need support or I'm going to blow up or something?
Ian (laughing): Oh, I don't know. Maybe because you cannot stand your mother and every time she is mentioned, you turn ice cold. It's just a guess.
Craig: Yep. Something like that.
Avery comes back with her mother.
Cora: Hi, Craig. It's so good to see you. I haven't seen you since my granddaughter was born. It's been too long.
Craig: Well, there's always time to change that.
Cora: Yes, I certainly hope so.
Craig: Now that you're here, we need to get going. I should get my wallet. We can talk more during dinner.
Parker: Yes, Dad. I apologize.
Ian: No need to do that. I understand how you feel, but I just want you to be the better person I raised you to be.
Ian heads over to greet Cora and Aviana runs to him. He picks her up. Avery approaches Parker to encourage him.
Parker: You're welcome, but I won't be going to dinner. I would be uncomfortable.
Avery: I understand. I'm just glad you came for the photos.
Parker: How could I not? You made me promise before you told me she was coming. I know the photos mean something to you, but I would appreciate your letting not trying to force things.
Avery: I know. I promise I'll never do anything like that again. I was just being hopeful. Plus Mom begged me to try to get you two in the same room. But I need to just let you do what you want and stay out of it. So there will be no more effort or coercing from me. I promise.
Parker: Thank you.
Avery: Still love me?
Parker: Of course.
Avery: Forgive me?
Parker: That may take a minute, but I'll get through it.
Avery: Okay. Well, I need to go get the other piece to Aviana's outfit. Please excuse me.
Cora: Thank you. You look good, as usual.
Ian: Thank you.
Cora (reaching out to touch Aviana's hand): Aviana, hello. You are such a pretty little girl.
Aviana doesn't like it because she doesn't know her grandmother. She draws back her hand and reaches to grab onto her grandfather.
Aviana (sounding apprehensive): Gwanpa.
Ian: It's okay. She won't hurt you, Avi. This is your Grandma.
Ian: She'll need some time to warm up, Cora.
Cora: Yes, I see that. Well, I'll have to wait then. She looks so much like Avery as a little girl, doesn't she?
Ian: Yes, she does.
Cora: Aviana, I hope you will give me a chance to get to know you, Honey. (glances over at Parker) Please excuse me. I need to say 'hello' to my son.
Cora walks over to Parker to greet him. Avery has gone to Aviana's room and Craig to his and Avery's bedroom.
Parker (in a cold voice, as pleasant as he can muster): Hello. Thank you.
Cora: Well, I sense that you're not very happy to see me. I guess a hug would be out of the question?
Parker: That is correct.
Cora: I see. (sighing) Well, I am very hopeful that you and I can get a chance to spend some time together while I'm here and we can talk. Really talk.
Parker: That is not something I am interested in doing. Thank you.
Cora (frowning): I see. Well I'm grateful that I will at least be able to get some photos of you from today. That will make me happy.
Cora decides that she needs to leave Parker alone and has a seat. She accepts the fact that his reaction to her is of her own doing, but she is hoping one day he can forgive her and let her into his life. Craig and Avery both return with what they left to get.
Avery: Thanks, Honey.
Ian: Are we all ready to get going?
Avery: I just need to get this on Avi and then we can grab our coats.
Ian: I'll put it on her while you put on your shoes.
Avery: Thanks, Dad.
Very Merry Christmas to you and Your Dolls! ~ Jaye and the Residents