The Milito-Paz family was becoming well-known around town. Not because of the scandal of teen pregnancy, which was apparently not so uncommon in Gold Valley. But because Ari Paz had almost single-handedly turned the shoddy Golden Nuggets football team into a household name. The women on his team were an unstoppable powerhouse, winning championship after championship.
Marisol, while not exactly a famous musician, had managed to gain popularity as well, playing her bass in front of packed houses and at the parties of the wealthiest families in the county. Occasionally, Ari, who still enjoyed playing his guitar, joined his wife from time to time at these functions. With the extra money they earned from these gigs, they decided to remodel their old house room by room. As a gift to Marisol, Ari even had one of the spare bedrooms converted into a luxurious spa.
Rosa and John Tyler tried their best to live the typical carefree teenage life of friends and parties and homecoming games. But it was not easy. As a teen dad, John Tyler was anything but carefree. And as the sister of a teen dad, Rosa was often stuck babysitting when she would rather be out dancing and playing with friends her age.
“I’m sorry. I know this is hard. It’s hard for me, too,” John Tyler often apologized to his sister.
And it was. He barely had time to just relax and be social, and even when he did, it was often awkward. The other kids his age just weren’t interested in babies. Well, except for Veronica – a sweet 16 year-old girl he’d begun dating. But there was one problem – Veronica was very pregnant. And when his parents found out, they made John Tyler break up with her at once.
And so John Tyler focused on raising his daughter and studying, raising his daughter and studying. And at last, as his daughter continued to grow into a precocious, adorable little girl, John Tyler graduated high school and left his own youth behind.