founding family of the town of
A Sims 2 Legacy Family
Begun May 2006
My Family: A
Graduation Day Essay
by Caroline Adler
Miss Bennett's class
Cold Bluff Township School
March 18, 1844
My mother and father founded the
village of Adler's Rest, about four
miles from Cold Bluff. Of course, in a place as unsettled as this,
founding a village is as easy as building a shack and not leaving it
for a while. My father William came west from Philadelphia to avoid
some legal trouble, though he has managed to find plenty more right
here. He married my mother, Andrea Hogan, in 1825, and I was born in
My parents are good people although
neither can cook or keep house very
They don't exactly do their parenting
"by the book". Somehow I turned
out okay anyway.
As you know, my father has spent some
time in jail. His misdeeds are
definitely against the law but are they really wrong?
He steals but only from travelers and
gamblers and other outlaws.
Sometimes he cheats at poker...
...and he gets into a lot of fights,
but always with men who deserved
what they got.
However, he is kind and loving
towards his family and his friends, and
is endlessly loyal. One night, one of his men actually robbed our
house, taking our dresser and the old red sofa while we were sleeping
in the next room. My father was furious at the betrayal. I
actually don't know what ever happened to that man; I was really young
when it happened. He must have moved away.
The townspeople seem divided in their
opinions; the "nice" people fear
family, the interesting people love us. My mother sometimes helps Pa
with his scams and likes to hustle men who think women can't play pool.
Because their "employment" is largely at night, Ma hired a neighbor
woman to watch me until I got old enough to watch myself. She was
really boring and restrictive at first, but I found blackmail to be an
effective way of dealing with my babysitter. After she set the stove on
fire, I promised not
to tell my father in return for her playing the kinds of games I wanted
Bakery Holdup was one of my favorites.
As a child, I wanted nothing more
than to be like my parents. I played
outlaws and sheriffs with the neighbor kids for hours (I was always the
outlaw, and I usually won), and my Pa taught me how to shoot for real,
though he only let me shoot at bottles and apples.
I also had a tendency to play pranks
on adults; some thought it was
cute, and the others had no sense of humor so their opinions didn't
matter to me.
When I was ten years old, Pa bought
me a dollhouse, one of the few actual toys
I ever had. I played with it every night, not because I liked dolls but
because it was a gift from him. I think it was important to him that I
learn at least a few girly things before I got too old.
Not *too* girly, though... all the
dolls were boys. It was a very
My ma did insist that I go to school,
the same school (and the same
teacher!) that she had. I was an average student and would much rather
have spent my time at the saloon with Ma and Pa, although I did always
love to read.
I made a lot of friends at school. I
sometimes play a little rough, but
true friends can both dish it out and take it.
One of my best friends was Alon, the
son of the publisher of the Cold
Bluff Reporter, our daily newspaper. Alon has a very active
He and his father do the whole thing
- writing, typesetting, printing,
and distribution - so Alon of course doesn't go to school anymore. The
paper is mostly local gossip, government legal notices, and
announcements of the silly exhibitions we're always putting on at
school (sorry, Miss Bennett!). Occasionally there will be a Big Crime
Story, a report from an outraged Easterner making accusations of theft
or cheating against my father or one of his crew.
encourages Alon's friendship with me because it gives them access to my
family's colorful point of view on these incidents.
Of course, sometimes Sheriff Dodge is
compelled to arrest someone for
real, and that's when Ma really shines. I don't think Pa has spent more than one
night at a time in jail,
largely due to her efforts. Sheriff Dodge has a crush on her, and she
uses that to her advantage. She can be very persuasive.
Pa doesn't worry because he knows she
can easily fend off the sheriff
if he gets too close!
Sometimes I get irritated at Pa for
fighting so much. I think his
"normal" life scares him sometimes and he needs to come here to regroup.
I'm always quick to forgive him,
I feel lucky to be part of this
family. We don't farm and we don't own
a shop, but we do okay, and we do it by our rules. I hope that wherever
my life takes me, I will always live by my own rules and have
worthwhile people like my parents as friends.
[Various photos to close out Caroline's childhood:]
the Hamlet pose
Adler Family Bar Night
William trying to decide who to beat up next
Andrea jumping for joy
The fabulous AllAboutStyle.com for the clothing
VampCat at Sims2Workshop.com made the Winchester rifle, which I had way
too much fun playing with
Jail walls and doors by atavera at MTS2 (plus Numenor's invisible wall
hack, also at MTS2)
Antique water pump by fleabay at MTS2
Washbasin by Lethe_s at MTS2