Date: October 20, 2020 08:26 am Title: Chapter 11
First off, hooray for Philip. I’m glad that he’s finally back. I like that we get to see how Philip is dealing with the ordeal. Though he may not have it as hard as his sister, he was still emotionally traumatized. Hence, it explains him being guarded during his first therapy session. I hope therapy will benefit this little guy. I’d love to hear more about Philip in the next coming chapters.
My heart aches for Cece as she reminisced about her old life that she may potentially never get back. She has been through so much as a teenager. She’s a badass, for sure! It’s going to be rough if she were to move away from her family.
Pam is such a phenomenal mother, doing the best she can despite her struggling as well. She suddenly has to be a single parent on top of being pregnant and taking care of Jim full-time. Wow, I’m blown away by the strength moms have. New-found, deeper appreciation for all mommas out there, including mine.
Moving amidst all the craziness?! I never see it coming but that’s something right up the Halpert’s (or more of Jim’s) alley. If they could transition well from Scraton to Austin, I’m sure they will thrive in Nashville too.
To add on, I would love to hear more about Jim’s and the kids’ thoughts and feelings of Pam’s pregnancy. Were Jim and Pam trying? How would they react? Especially Jim as he was in comatose for months. Will the kids feel “replaced”? After all, Philip has been the baby of the family for the longest time. These are just my random thoughts! Please do not feel obliged if you don’t feel comfortable to answer them. This is your story. It’s entirely up to you on which direction you choose to take.
I am so sorry for the rambling. Please let me know if you wish for shorter reviews in future.
What a great chapter! I am always looking out for more. :)
Author's Response: Aghhh I LOVE your reviews! I love being asked the questions, and being given more material to work with, it honestly is incredibly helpful and so much fun for me! Philip needed to make a reappearance in here somehow and I think therapy was the right way to introduce him back into what's going on, and although he was more verbal about his trauma, which led him to getting into therapy, he definitly is dealing with a different type of trauma then Cece, and being younger and the baby, I think he's desprately needing the attention from both his parents. Cece is incredible, but I definitly don't want to pull her away from her family, but I think that a change needs to happen for her to thrive, and for the Halperts to thrive, and although a move isn't necessarily ideal--I think Nashville will offer opportunities in the arts for Pam, and give Cece access to a community that she's never had before. I love the questions about baby Halpert, this definitly will be addressed in the next chapter. I think you may see some resentment from Philip for a bit, because he IS the baby, and Cece has taken priority these past few months with her hearing, and now spending so much time with their father. I love the rambling, I LOVE the longer reviews, they make me so happy!! More to come soon!
Date: October 19, 2020 03:57 pm Title: Chapter 11
Now, THIS is a less stressful chapter. Obviously there's a long road ahead, but it's nice to see this family looking forward again - and starting to be able to make decisions primarily around what's best for their kids. I like the teaching direction for Jim (sports marketing is obviously a better fit for him than paper sales, but it always seemed like he was a guy who maybe just wasn't meant for corporate America), and it's also good to see Pam, even in her darker moments where she feels like she's struggling as a mother, fighting to make things work for Cece. (Certainly the thing about her spending so much time alone feels like something you want to address fast - I was kinda concerned about that in earlier chapters.)
Interested to see where you go next with Phil - haven't spent too much time with him in awhile.
Author's Response: lol I had to take things down a notch eventually, right? Little bit more of a comfortable chapter with less stress. I think after ten years in sports marketing its going to weigh on a man, so I defintely think a change of career and pace in this part of hisl ife makes sense. I also am excited about Pam trying to make things better for Cece, because she's really had a shit year lol. She needs that time with her parents, and I think that them moving is going to provide opportunities for her to really connect with them with this new language, in a new place, and now as an older girl. Austin has always felt like her 'home' as it's really all she can remember, so now she'll be making new and better memories somewhere else! Thank you again for your reviews!
Date: October 19, 2020 03:54 pm Title: Chapter 11
So that's taking a bit of a turn. Of all the things in this story I didn't expect them to think of moving again. However they're in a huge transition already. I could easily see a lot of pros and cons to a move.
Nice to have a bit with Phillip. We've gotten a lot with Cece so it's nice to get a bit of his perspective too.
Love the name Charlotte.
Author's Response: Moving poses a lot of challenges, but I think for them at this point in time, the accident has put a huge damper on their family, and I think getting away and focusing on the kids and their needs will be a huge asset to their family dynamic. I also think that Jim leaving Athleap feels right, he's been doing it about ten years, and I think it's time to slow down a bit. Also, yes, time with Philip! He's a bit hard to write for me honestly, because we know so little, I tend to focus a lot on Cece, but I needed him to come back here, so the four (almost five) can be reunited. Charlotte is gorgeous, but remember? Too royal ;)