"Love & Friendship", Ch. 25: Valentine's Day & Kaitlyn's 6th Birthday

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 “Love & Friendship”, Ch.  25:  Valentine’s Day and Kaitlyn’s Sixth Birthday En Famille, 2/11/13 Gratiana Lovelace (posted late on 2/17/13, sorry about that)

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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my “ideal” actors cast in these roles:

British actor Richard Armitage as Robert and American actress Diane Lane as Lydia, the 1940’s child actress Margaret O’Brien as Kaitlyn, Alfre Woodward as Social Worker Marla Washington, and others.]   [(1ab) Story Logo]

Author’s Mature Content Note:  “Love & Friendship” is a romantic love story set amidst contemporary times.  As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes or other sauciness (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly.  Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to mature situations and topics.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read those chapters.  This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap:   To their mutual joy, Robert and Lydia discover that she is pregnant when they visit a fertility specialist to see if they might become pregnant.  And Robert and Lydia reaffirm to Kaitlyn that they still want to be her foster parents to her astonishment and happiness. Then they all find out at a foster care meeting that Kaitlyn may stay as their foster daughter and they may eventually adopt her.  Their future as a family looks bright.

 

“Love & Friendship”, Ch.  25:  Valentine’s Day and Kaitlyn’s Sixth Birthday En Famille

 

Since Kaitlyn is still considered their foster child by the courts—and Robert and Lydia want to maintain the continuity of her kid friendships—they plan to have Kaitlyn remain in the Foster Homes Center School through the end of the school year.   So, on Monday, February 14th—Valentine’s Day and Kaitlyn’s sixth birthday—Robert and Lydia bring the treats to school for Kaitlyn’s classmates.  Robert and Lydia have become regular fixtures at the school in dropping off and picking up Kaitlyn the last two weeks—as well as doing some teacher assisting volunteer stints. Since their first joint script film venture won’t start filming until the Spring in May—when Kaitlyn is almost out of school for the year—Robert and Lydia have flexible schedules as they work on pre-production details and meetings. 

As Robert walks into the door carrying the jugs of apple juice and platter of homemade heart shaped cookies that Lydia made fresh and decorated with pink and red icing this morning, Lydia carries the lighter weight valentines’ cards, pink princess and prince decorations and cups and napkins, and games they’ll play for the short afternoon party they have planned.  The teacher Mrs. Greene has the kids coloring while waiting quietly for their party to begin for the last half hour of their school day.

Kaitlyn:  Spying her parents, Kaitlyn eagerly rushes over to them.  “Mummy and Daddy!”     Kaitlyn is agog with not only having parents, but with hosting the other kids to a party—something which she has also never been able to do before.

Mrs. Greene:  “Welcome!  We’re delighted that you’re able to join us today for our Valentine’s Day party that is also Kaitlyn’s birthday party.   You can set everything down in our kitchenette area over here.”  Each elementary school room has a kitchen and crafts area for just such events and activities.

Lydia:  “Thank you.  Robert, just set the platter of cookies down on the lower table over there where the kids will be able to reach it.”  Of course, the kids—though still sitting in their seats as requested—look like they will pounce on the cookies as soon as they are released to do so.

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