Shelby cleaned up from lunch and checked on the toddlers. She hadn’t realized how hard this job was going to be. She only had four toddlers in the house and she was already feeling the stress. She was actually considering hiring someone to help. The problem was money. She didn’t have much of it.
She knew she wouldn’t be able to take on more kids than she had unless she hired someone. She picked up the phone and called her dad.
Andy sat at the table with Shelby while Campbell played nearby.
“It would only be a loan, Dad. I will pay you back each week until it is paid off.”
“You don’t have to do that.”
“Yes, I do. I won’t take money from you unless you allow it to be paid back. I am trying really hard to do this on my own. Since I don’t have anything to put up for collateral, the bank refused my loan request.”
“You still have a place at the house, Shelby. You know that.”
“Dad, don’t. Please. I am really trying to do things on my own for me and my son. I know you are always there if I need you to fall back on, and I appreciate it. I just can’t rely on you forever. All of this with Philip…and now Grandpa…has shown that people aren’t always going to be there. I need to be an adult and do this.”
Shelby thought about her Grandpa Owen and how he had been there for her when she really needed someone. She still couldn’t believe that he was no longer there. While they were on their way home from that fake funeral, her grandfather had collapsed and died of a heart attack.
Andy looked down at the table and sighed. He really missed his father and losing him had been a shock.
Shelby saw the look on her dad’s face and knew she shouldn’t have mentioned her grandfather.
“Now that you have Grandpa Patrick living with you, I don’t think you need me and Campbell there full time. Just visits make him tired.”
Andy nodded. “You are probably right. We’ll do this the way you want. You can pay me back when you are able to. I won’t rush you on it.”