Empathy No. 029
08/10/02, Diary entry 423
Another year, another trip to buy school stuff. God, I am so glad that I'll only have to do this one more time. The WHINING, it never stops with these kids, I swear. Like it's some kind of sin that I want to try on more than one thing. It's fine for Jason to wear the same thing every day and for Brooke to dress like she's still a little kid, but I have to have a little bit of style here.
Kind of weird this year, and not just because of the new cast members. Dad didn't take us through the mall this time - he went with Roderick to some place to get him new glasses and Eleanor stayed with us. Is this something that shrink friend of his suggested - I mean, is this a bonding exercise or something? Well, it's a good idea I GUESS, but of course they didn't tell us until we were already there.
You know, it's times like this that I really miss Mom. She always gave me a hassle over everything I bought, and it's not like I respected her fashion sense, but it was cool that she had one. I actually like getting advice from people I don't agree with, and she had some STRONG opinions. Ellie isn't like that at all. She was around, and she made a lot of suggestions, but she didn't hold by them. You know, she finds something, I say I don't like it, and it's over - she puts it back. Mostly she's the lady with the credit card.
Then Dad came back with Roderick, and - I'll tell you, the new glasses are pretty nice. These nice, slim things that are soooo much better than those big weirdo goggles he used to have. And I think he liked them too, because - and maybe I'm imagining this, but I will swear on anything that it's true - it seemed like he was just a little bit happy. He didn't smile or anything (I mean, it's still Roderick), but he looked up a little more and he just seemed kind of comfortable. So that's cool.
Anyway, I made it another year without strangling Brooke or Jason and that's what really counts. Bring on junior year, I'm READY.