Staying With Aunt Jane
Characters: Doris Davis/Mother Ross Davis/Son Lucy Davis/Daughter
Jane Rollins/Aunt June Rollins/Cousin
Ross is 15 and looking forward to going to high school next year. His grades could be better but he graduated ninth grade in junior high school a week ago. Ross has ideas of how he is going to spend the summer. Ross looks forward to sports and recreation. He expects to meet a lot of girls from school at parties.
Mom has other ideas, she noticed Ross’s behavior and manners changing for the worse all of this last semester of junior high. Ross was suspended for 3 days twice and he made 4 C’s and 2 D’s for his final grades. Ross has avoided doing his chores around the house. Mom thinks he has been too mouthy and rude.
Ross is not a large boy for his age but he is tuff to avoid being picked on at school. He is 5’ tall and weighs just 90 lbs. Ross is healthy with blond hair down to his collar. He likes rock music and playing video games. The family has a large home to live in located in Macon which is in South Georgia. Ross lives with his mother and sister and it is June 1, 1980.
Doris is a single parent raising one son and one daughter. Lucy is 17 and will be a senior in high school next year. Lucy is a model student with 4 A’s and 2 B’s on her final report card. Lucy is well behaved and mom does not have problems with her. Lucy is 5’ 6” tall with shoulder length brown hair, she is average build at 140 lbs.
Doris was left with the home and monthly alimony payments. She was also left with money in a savings account since her husband was caught with another woman. Things went her way and she got custody of the children 3 years ago. Doris is an average size women and has long brown hair like Lucy. She is 5’ 8” tall and weighs 160 lbs. Doris is 35 years old.
Jane Rollins the sister of Doris Davis is also divorced. She is the aunt of both Ross and Lucy but they have not seen much of each other lately. Jane lives 100 miles away in a house in the country. Aunt Jane is a tuff woman and rather pretty too. She is 6’ tall and weighs 180 lbs. Jane lives in a nice single story country home. She has long black hair and is a great cook. Aunt Jane just turned 40 years old.
The house is a 3 bedroom 2 bath home with a large fenced in yard. Aunt Jane lives in East Georgia in a town called Jackson. Aunt Jane was also left well off financially after her divorce. She lives with her daughter June who is 17 like Lucy.
June has been home schooled since the seventh grade. Mom is a teacher who no longer has to work so she teaches her daughter being far from town. June has long blond hair and is pretty. She is 5’ 9” tall and weighs 160 lbs. June is used to getting her own way being spoiled by mom.
Ross takes after his father who is a small man. Fred does not visit the kids after the divorce. He ended up remarrying to the other woman and moved somewhere in California. Ross is about to find out what mom has planned for him all summer.
“Your aunt Jane lives in Jackson about 100 miles from here,” mom said to Ross, “she is a retired teacher and can help you improve your grades.”
Ross is surprised at mom’s comment, he has plans for the summer. “I want to hang out with my friends and have fun this summer,” Ross explained, “I am starting high school next year.”
“Yes you are and your grades are more important in high school,” mom said, “I don’t think you are smart enough for high school yet.” “Aunt Jane could home school you all summer so you are better prepared for high school.”
The discussion continues with Ross certain he does not want to go to aunt Janes where he does not know anybody. He will also be stuck out in the country far from town. Mom is not taking no for an answer and insists Ross will go to aunt Janes for the summer and learn.
Hearing the disagreement Lucy joins mom and Ross in the living room. She knows what mom is doing and agrees Ross should go with his history of bad grades. Ross knows he still has to obey mom but he is not happy about things.
“Your aunt Jane has a nice home in the country,” Lucy said, “you should be happy to get away for the summer.” “Your cousin June will have friends to meet.”
“Alright I will go since I have no choice about it,” Ross said, “this will not be fun!”
“Tomorrow is Saturday,” mom said, “Aunt Jane will be here to pick you up.”
Ross is even more discouraged when he hears this. He calls a few friends on the phone to let them know about the change of plans for the summer. It is Friday evening after dinner and mom has washed all Ross’s clothes so he can pack.
“I put a suitcase on your bed honey and an overnight bag for smaller things,” mom said, “time to get off the phone and pack for the trip.”
Ross talks for another 15 minutes and then does his packing. It is mostly highway between Macon and Jackson, it will take Aunt Jane about 2 hours to get here. She plans on leaving at 10 am and arriving at noon for lunch with the family. June will be with her mother when she arrives.
Mom interrupts Ross as he is packing. “I expect you to obey your aunt Jane and be nice to your cousin June,” mom lectured, “Aunt Jane is stricter than I am.”
“I have not seen Aunt Jane in years but she used to be nice,” Ross said, “I will not cause any trouble but there better be things to do other than school.”
Mom stays to help Ross pack and make sure he has everything he needs. Aunt Jane will have school supplies since she home schools June. June will not be attending classes she has above average grades and gets the summer off.
“I am sorry to disappoint you with this Ross,” mom said, “make the best of things and you will have fun.” “School will be 9 am to 1 pm Monday thru Friday,”
Ross is told to take a shower and dress for bed at 9 pm. He does this and is allowed to stay up until 11. Mom bakes a pizza for a snack and they have a soda with it. Lucy knows Aunt Jane is pretty strict but does not say anything.
The whole family goes to bed at 11 pm looking forward to company tomorrow. All of them but Ross of course who would rather stay at home. The home is quiet and dark overnight after mom makes sure the doors are locked.
The family has a good night’s rest, all of them are up and dressed on Saturday morning. Mom is making Ross’s favorite breakfast of sausage, eggs over easy, and pancakes. Ross is starting to think maybe the trip and summer away won’t be so bad after all. He thinks his cousin June may have pretty friends his age.
“Breakfast is great mom,” Ross said, “May I have chocolate milk instead of juice.”
“Sure I will give you a small glass but you better drink the juice too,” mom said.