What’s It Like to Be Old, Grandma?
Take Me to the Moon 5.25
Fiona watched as her grandma Delaney gave her customary wave goodbye and entered her space ship. Grandma was off to explore and protect the galaxy; she was a space ranger.
Fiona had asked if she could play Keyboard Commander at the computer at the mission control desk, and watch the lift-off.
The Tesla family had finally accumulated a million simoleons a while back, and were now worth about 1.4 million, even after making a major renovation to the lab and launch area. The rocket launchpad was moved into an underground silo that connected to the lab, after having relocated the graveyard and the pool to the opposite side of the property. Most of the family’s wealth came from regular sales of alien fruit.
Alexander watched Delaney’s space launch broadcast for a while.
Then Ewan took over, monitoring the space launch broadcast, so his dad could get some rest. Hazmat suits were no longer necessary in the lab. Elise, Ranen, and Delaney had verified, through many experimental trials, that the alien plants were not harmful, and humans were not damaging to the plants, either. Elise was working on breakthroughs, and tending the plants. Her main goal was the creation of a death flower, to prevent the death of family members.
The next morning was Sunday. Delaney had returned from patrolling the galaxy, in the middle of the night.
Fiona was up bright and early, playing alone. She wanted to max out her motor skills and she was getting close.
Felicity was playing near the pool. “Now, Super Dude, you need to rescue the horse, who is trapped on that precipice,” she said.
“You can’t do it? What are you talking about? You are Super Dude. You have to rescue the horse.”
“Tell me what’s wrong, Super Dude,” Felicity said, and bent to listen.
Super Dude explained that he was getting old, and it was hard for him to fly all the way up to high places like that particular precipice. Felicity wasn’t sure if this was true or not; she didn’t see any gray hairs in Super Dude’s swept back mane.
A little while later, Felicity sat down with her grandparents to eat breakfast, and looked worried about something.
“What’s it like, being old, Grandma?” she finally asked.
“Well,” Delaney said. “Hmm, let me see.”
“I look at my daughter’s face, and I remember, for so long, I pictured myself younger than she is, now.”
“But even though it doesn’t seem like a long time ago, really, I’ve seen so many different things happen in my life, some of them I never expected. Like when your aunt, Elise, was abducted the other night. And she is such an incredible scientist, she just saw it as an opportunity to study the aliens. I wonder what the aliens thought of her. It makes me laugh to picture her telling them what she thought!”
Everyone laughed as they pictured Elise bossing the aliens.
“Being old means often remembering friends who have been gone a while.”
“It means sometimes I feel achy and cranky, even doing things that used to be easy for me.”
“Being old means, being thankful, every night, when I get in bed, for another day, with the ones I love.”
“Being old means I am so grateful to see you and Fiona making friends, and learning to get along … “
“… even when you don’t know what to say.”
“Being old means having lots of cherished memories, and favorite things, and people.”
Delaney looked lost in thought. “Like Grandad?” Felicity prodded.
“Yes, like Grandad,” Delaney said.
“And, like you, Felicity!” Delaney added.
- I love the “Ask about being old,” interaction for children and teens. I also love the “Listen to Space Launch,” interaction on the computer. It has really cool sound effects and you can watch the astronauts’ antics.
- Alexander got his second warning (that his life is almost over) on Saturday evening at about 7:20 pm. Delaney’s came a little later, around 9 pm.
- Felicity made friends with a child named Jade Forbes, and Fiona had a friend, with the alien skin tone & outfit, Jordan Nolan, over to visit. Jordan is the first sim my sims have met, that is a result of the MC Command Center pregnancy mod, which matches up couples to have children, and causes sims in currently non-active households to have babies without playing them.
- Technically, Felicity and Fiona’s summer camp selves are still at summer camp, but as CathyTea said, the space-time continuum is pliable. I have missed the Teslas so much, so I finally decided that this Fiona and Felicity are continuing their life at home while the other Felicity and Fiona are at camp.