Huffman Legacy 2.17 – It’s Dinner Time

“What did you say?” the hostess said looking just a little annoyed at Sam’s request.

07-16-16_12-57-33 AM

“Table for 8?” he asked again. He knew she should have called ahead. “Two tables would be fine.”

“I want to sit with Aunt Izzy,” Paige said, tugging on Sam’s arm. Sam looked over at his wife and she nodded quickly.

“Sure you and Pippin and I will sit with Izzy.” Paige frowned a bit at that. Sam bit back a sigh. But before she could protest, the hostess seated them in two booths.

“I need to go to the bathroom,” Paige said staring up at her aunt.

Izzy smiled and nodded to Sam. “Order for me?”

02 sitting 2

“How are the new glasses treating you, Pip?” Sam asked once the ladies were away. The glasses were the cause of Paige’s recent meltdown. Since Pippin got glasses, she wanted glasses too. Pippin looked up, his eyes magnifying his eyes. He looked like an owl. Pippin had been quiet since he’d been fitted with the glasses. Sam wasn’t sure if he was upset or what. But now was the time to find out if he needed a pep talk. He needed glasses.

“Everything so sharp! The trees have leaves,” Pippin said a grin on his face. Sam let out the breath he’d been holding.

“Of course the trees have leaves.”

“Yes, but I can see each individual leaf now!” Sam grinned.


“Mom?” Elisa asked in the booth next to Sam and Pippin. “Can Evelyn and I go to Felix’s after school?

“Felix? Do I know him?”

02 sitting 1

Elisa giggled. “No, Felix is a hangout that opened just opened. Strictly for teens. They have tutoring and stuff.

“And foosball,” Evelyn added. Elisa frowned, didn’t her twin see she was trying to sell this to their mom? Foosball was not a mom-selling point.

Karen frowned a bit but then shrugged. “Why not. There are worse places for you to go.”

“Can I go too?” Jasmine asked.

“Not until you’re older,” Elisa said with a frown. The best part, in her opinion, of Felix’s was that there weren’t kids. Not that she didn’t love her siblings, but sometimes they were just so … noisy.

“Can I sit by the window, Evelyn?” The girls traded spots as their food arrived.

03 eating 2


Izzy looked over at her brother. Who would have thought he’d have so many kids. She couldn’t even image how much work it would be to raise five. She had enough work with just Caroline. Of course with Caroline it was just her, maybe with two parents it was less overwhelming.

03 eat food

“Aunt Izzy,” Paige turned to her aunt. The girl had been by her side ever since she arrived. At first Izzy thought it was because she hoped Caroline was coming too. But Izzy had explained that Caroline was at summer camp and it hadn’t deterred the girl. She shifted her attention to her youngest niece.

“When Caroline comes back, can I come over and spend the night?”

“Of course,” Izzy said with a smile. “Any of you can come and visit.”

“Just me though?”

It must be hard being the youngest girl. Izzy thought. The other girls probably overshadowed her, and with Pippin needing so much extra attention healthwise, she probably felt ignored.

“Sure,” she said with a smile.

04 izzy says something

She caught Sam’s expression as she was speaking. Had she done something wrong?

Paige turned to her brother. “I get to stay with Aunt Izzy by-my-self, ” she said with a grin.

05 kids eat

So that was it, Izzy thought. Sure, Paige might feel overshadowed by her siblings and her brother, but she wasn’t above trading on that fact.

“And the next week Pippin can visit as well.”

06 end of meal

“Time to go,” Sam said standing up. Izzy gave her brother a hug as they left the restaurant.

“Sorry,” she said.

“Nah it’s cool,” he said with a sigh. “It’ hard to balance what she needs with what she thinks she deserves. But I know she’ll love visiting you. You are her favorite aunt.”

“Isn’t Karen an only child?”

“Hmmmm,” Sam replied with a grin. “Don’t be a stranger, sis.”

Izzy looked around Sam and his family with a grin. For all that she’d worried about him, it seemed he’d made a good life for himself out on that island. “No worries there. Take care bro!”


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Author’s Note: I know, I know – I didn’t show the twin’s birthday. I do plan to, but it’ll be more flashbacky. I wanted to start to give you all an idea of the kids’ personalities as a whole first and the dinner seemed like a great way – plus Izzy! It’s been far too long, we’ll be learning more about her (and Caroline) as soon as I finish that short story. I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve slowed down a bit in writing. nothing’s wrong, just the summer is full of activities that I want to participate in. No doubt when winter rears its head, I’ll be back to a more predictable schedule. For now – I hope to have a Huffman and a Ghost each week during August. 

33 comments

  1. Loved it! I wear glasses as well but don’t have any memory of the first time that I put them on since I was only 2. My mom says that I looked at the decorations on top of our upper kitchen cabinets like I had never seen them before.

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    • wow. That was young! I bet you hadn’t seen them before at least not in any decent way! I didn’t get mine until high school so I remember it well. The trees are the main thing I remember noticing.

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  2. *hops on board the glasses story train* I got mine when I was 11. I would sit in class flipping them up/off my eyes, then back down and watch the letters on the chalkboard switch from fuzzy to clear. I thought it was so amazing hahaha

    This was a great update. I can’t wait to hear more from Izzy! And Pippin is a little sweetheart ❤ (also the twins look cute as teens!)

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    • Haha – I still do that from time to time! It’s kind of magical, eh?

      Glad you enjoyed the tiny update. I fear it’s gonna be super adorable around the house for a while now at least until everyone stops being so cute.

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    • They are snuggling back for sure! There’s so many of them now!! Five! Getting their personalities straight is what’s taking this generation so long to write I would hate to mess them up, they are all so similar/different!

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  3. Awww what an awesome opportunity to get to know each of them. I hope Jazz doesn’t get forgotten in the shuffle though. Seems the only single among two sets of Twinsies would be tough!!

    Interesting that Paige wants what Pippen has too. And I have to say Pippen’ability to see individual leaves actually happened to me when I got glasses in fourth grade. I’ll never forget it.

    Also. Bittersweet but I’m now caught up! I’ll miss being able to binge!!

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    • It’s been fun to relive the story with you! Yeah – my biggest worry is ignoring one of the kids. Paige is easy because of her traits, but Elisa and Jasmine I have to be extra careful to remember to spend time with them alone and develop them fully.

      That’s been what I’ve been working on these past few weeks. Getting all their personalities in a row and then trying to figure out how best to show them all. It’s not easy with five of the little buggers :D.

      Congrats on catching up! If you haven’t read the two Huffman Based Short Stories and you’re missing them already, Finding Happiness and When It Rains are in the Huffman world. 😀

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      • Well thank you for such a wonder journey thus far and I absolutely love when authors are interactive with their fans/readers. Citizen was like that too and I used to tease her that I was blowing up her inbox but she replied faithfully on nearly everything I commented about. Very nice getting to know you and your thoughts as a legacy writer and what some of the decisions you made were for. Thanks for writing!!

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        • It’s one of the best things about doing this on a blog rather than in a book. Feedback. Luckily, I also turned off email notifications so you can’t blow up my inbox. (That and this is much shorter!) 🙂

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    • Lol! Personally I like how I look in glasses best so I almost always wear them. Perhaps he’ll protest them later in his life though. I did try to find the biggest glasses ever to put on his tiny face.

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