Children change, for example. Adriano and Lily’s children were growing so quickly. Already, the twins, Catalina and Dawn, were learning to walk and get into mischief. Felicity would soon become a teenager. Violeta was blossoming into a lovely young lady who enjoyed music. She and her dad often played together on their guitars, and sometimes gave free performances for the public. Michael and Sofia, now both young adults, graduated from Misty Creek High School – with honors! Adriano and Lily were incredibly proud.
The family’s little farmhouse was no longer the same, either. The family spent a great deal of time and money remodeling, and adding on, until the house was big enough for a family of eight, and light, bright, and airy. There was even room for a horse, which the Bastida-Ray family adopted from a local farm.
Even Lily and Adriano could not stay the same. As the years raced past, their figures drooped, their skin grew wrinkled, and their hair began to gray. The years of their lives were slipping away, along with their youth.
“But you are still the most handsome man in the world,” Lily told Adriano. “And the sexiest.”
Most of these changes were good, in their own ways. But sometimes, changes are not so good. One big change was the cause of events that happened one cold winter morning.
Felicity and Violeta were awoken very early by Catalina and Dawn’s noisy cries. The girls let the twins out of their cribs, then decided to go downstairs. It was so chilly in the house, that Violeta thought it would be a good idea to light a fire in the fireplace.
“Hey, come listen to this song!” called Felicity from the family room, where she was practicing for a big piano recital. Violeta remembered her dad’s wise words: Never leave a fire unattended. Still, she thought it wouldn’t hurt to go and listen to her sister for a little while.
Both girls forgot all about the fireplace until sometime later, when the smoke detectors began to wail.
“Oh no!” cried Violeta. She raced into the living room, which was thick with black smoke and blazing from the heat of the fire, which had leaped from the fireplace and was now spreading around the room. Everyone in the family came running to see what was happening.
“Oh my god, call the fire department!” screamed Sofia. Ten minutes later, the fire department arrived, but it was too late. The fire grew so rapidly, that soon their entire home was engulfed in flames. The Bastida-Ray family wept together on the front lawn, watching their beloved home burn to ashes. They were now homeless.