Loves Me Like a Rock

Round 1 Winter, August 2100
Sekemoto Family

Yumi is 60, Leighton is 27 and Sam is 3.

Narrated by Leighton Sekemoto.

Since mum moved in with Sam and I life has been a lot less stressful. She has been a massive help around the house especially during the week, she basically takes care of Sam now while I'm at work.
We used to have a maid, which mum hired for us back when Sam was born and when Alice died tragically at the hospital. That was one of the toughest years of my life and one that I'll never forget.

Even on weekends mum finds that she can't help herself. I think she really enjoys having a toddler around the house, probably makes her feel 10 years younger. Sam loves to spend time with his grandmother too and it's evident by how happy he is all the time.

I can tell mum is trying not to interfere too much with Sam and I though. Especially when it comes to the father and son bonding side of things. I think she is aware that part is important for both of us. The days I don't have to rush off to work I actually get to perform my fatherly duties which I quite enjoy.

Though there are a couple of not so nice duties that I'd much rather skip but I guess that comes hand in hand with having a toddler. Sometimes I wonder how such a little toddler can make such a big mess!

While I'm at work mum pretty much keeps the house spotless and if there is ever a mess to clean up when I'm home she sometimes hovers behind me casually talking trying disguise the fact that she is checking my cleaning is up to her standards. It doesn't bother me too much, after all that she has done for us I couldn't be more grateful towards her.

I always try to make sure I thank her for helping me out even if it's for the smallest things. I once told her to take a day off from looking after Sam but she wouldn't have a bar of it. She told me she enjoys looking after her two 'boys' and doing things for them.

Sam has been fairly late in his development. Walking in particular. We took him to see the pediatrician that delivered him when he was born and they ran some tests but everything came up normal which I was relieved about.
The doctor told us to encourage Sam more often with learning to walk but eventually he will have to want to do it on his own accord.

Sometimes I think I should quite my job to be a stay at home dad but then I remember what an amazing job mum does with Sam, and also the money factor. I earn a lot more working than what I'd get from the government for being a stay at home dad.
Sometimes though I really do miss Sam, I'm afraid that I'll miss some of the important parts of his toddler life, luckily I didn't miss him finally learning to walk though.

Mum has been writing on her fashion blog a lot lately. I guess she misses the fast paced and glamorous life of being a city stylist to celebrities. She ran her own business in Bridgeport but over the last 4 years a few things happened that I think changed her view on life. The passing of dad and my girlfriend, and the birth of her grandson.

After Sam was born it was a full year before she came to live with us. I know she still grieves for dad. They were inseparable before he passed from a sudden heart attack and I remember she always used to drag him along to a few of those celebrity fashion parties. She said he was the only man she ever knew who could pull off wearing a tuxedo. I could never figure out if she was joking or serious, I think it was the latter.

Lately I worry about her driving. She has always had really bad eyesight and now that she is older being in the car with her when she is driving actually makes me nervous. She sits so close to the steering wheel and squints when she looks through the windscreen, and she is already wearing glasses with the strongest lenses you can get. I think it might be time for her to see the eye specialist again, if not for her safety but for mine and Sam's as well.

She still seems pretty with it though, mentally, and when she sold her business and moved from Bridgeport that's when she basically retired. Every now and then though she still gets a call from someone wanting a stylist but not too often. It's cash in hand for her but not that she needs it since selling her business was her little nest egg.

Working full time and looking after a toddler doesn't leave much room for any romance in my life right now. But lately I've been thinking about it, though I'm still not sure if I'm ready to meet someone knew yet, I guess the only way to find out is to put yourself out there.
Sam is my entire world right now so I think if I did meet somebody they would have to be okay with coming in second place.

One of my good friends Ivana has been a big support to me as well. Not so much with Sam but she came to visit me a lot when Sam was born and after Alice died. I think we've become closer since then, I definitely feel closer to her but I'm not sure exactly how she feels towards me.

We've been friends for a few years now and I'll admit I've been thinking of her a little differently lately, like maybe as a girlfriend. I'm nervous about asking her though because I don't want to ruin the friendship we have now but also I'm not even sure I want to take that next step yet, with anyone.

When we hang out together though we always have fun and recently I noticed Ivana has got this amazing energy about her. She is always so upbeat, I don't think I've ever seen her in a bad mood and when you're around her you can't help but allow her positive energy to rub off on you. She really is great fun to be around and I do enjoy her company a lot.

Game Play Notes:
-Sorry I cut a this update a bit short but I imagine we'll see more of these two in the next round which will be quite soon since I only have a couple of families left to write about for this round. ;) Title is a song called Loves Me Like a Rock by Paul Simon.

-The part about Sam's mother, Alice, is just story too. The Sekemoto's are a family from SV and although EA gave them a little back story they didn't go into what happened to Sam's mother.

-Okay, so what is with sims carrying toddlers while sitting in the passagener seat?? Not sure how I never noticed this but seriously, why couldn't EA just chuck them invisibly in the back seat like they did in TS2! lol

-Ivana is an NPC. Her full name is Ivana Groove. I-vana groove to the music? HAHA. Anyway that was my first thought when I saw her name for the first time. lol I gave her a small-ish makeover, she was actually an adult so I aged her down to match Leighton's life stage. His relationship bar for her is about 3/4 full and when she came over they started flirting. Could be the irresistible trait I gave Leighton, but I think she's a sweetie and Leighton is a gentle soul and I think he needs someone who is similar but with a tad more bubbly-ness. ;)

-This month has just flown by and I can't believe it's almost the end of Sept already! Yay for Spring tho but somehow I got carried away with my tumblr legacy this month and RL also got a bit crazy, so it'll probably just be the two updates for this month.

Thanks for reading!

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