When Mom got in, I had to tell her about Lisa. She just said that was nice and that she knew the two of them wanted children. She and Dad have worked really hard on making it a good divorce. Matt says if theyd worked half as hard on their marriage, theyd still be married. I didnt tell her about how Im going to be the godmother (assuming Lisa doesnt change her mind, which shes more than capable of doing). I feel kind of bad that Im going to be the godmother but no one said anything about Matt or Jonny being godfathers. Of course Lisa and Matt dont get along very well, and maybe 13 is too young to be a godfather.
I hope Lisa changes her mind and I wont have to deal with it.
Not the greatest Mothers Day ever.
Id told Mom a while ago that Id make dinner and she decided to invite Mrs. Nesbitt. I cant say I was surprised, but I figured if Mom was having Mrs. Nesbitt over I could ask Megan and her mom, too. Only when Jonny found out it was going to be me and Mom and Mrs. Nesbitt and Megan and Mrs. Wayne, he said that was too many females in one room for him and he was going to have dinner at Tims instead.
Mom always thinks its a good idea for Jonny to spend time with Tim and his family because there are three boys and Tims father is around a lot. She said if it was okay with Tims folks it was okay with her.
I called Megan and told her to bring her history notes with her and wed study for the test together, and she agreed.
Which is why Im so mad at her. If she hadnt said yes, it would be one thing. But she did and I made enough meatloaf for five and salad and then right before I started setting the table, Megan called and said she had decided to stay on at her church and do something with the youth group. Shed gotten the dates mixed up. And her mother didnt feel like coming without her, so it was going to be two less for Sunday dinner and she hoped I didnt mind.
Well, I do mind. I mind because Id been looking forward to all of us having dinner together and to studying with Megan. I also figured Mrs. Nesbitt and Mrs. Wayne would be good people for Mom to talk to about Lisas baby. Mom may not be best friends with Mrs. Wayne, but shes funny and she would have gotten Mom laughing.
Megan is spending so much time at her church. She goes to services every Sunday and she never used to and she does stuff with the youth group at least twice a week and sometimes more and for all her talking about how shes found God, I think all shes found is Reverend Marshall. She talks about him like hes a movie star. I even told her that once and she said thats how I talk about Brandon, like it was the same thing, which it isnt at all. Lots of people think Brandon is the best skater in the U.S. right now and besides it isnt like I talk about him all the time and act like hes my salvation.
Dinner was okay except I overcooked the meatloaf so it was a little dry. But Mrs. Nesbitts never been shy with the ketchup bottle. After a while I left her and Mom alone and I guess they talked about Lisa and the baby.
I wish it was summer already. I cant wait to get my drivers license.
I also wish I was through studying for my history exam. BORING!
But Id better get back to it. Bad grades, no license. The Rules According to Mom.
Got a 92 on the history test. I should have done better.
Mom took Horton to the vet. Hes fine. I worry a little bit about him now that hes ten. How long do cats live?
Excerpted from Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Copyright © 2006 by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Excerpted by permission of Harcourt Trade Publishers. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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