Since losing the mayoral election to Will Haywood, Erica Lansing spent a lot of time laying on the couch, depressed.
However, for the rest of the family, life went on. Christopher kept going to work at the station,
and Maya kept being a rambunctious little girl.
She did notice a change in her mother, though. The woman who used to read her bedtime stories, who would play with her, who would help her with her homework, and tell her that she could be anything she wanted to be, was suddenly laying around all day. Her mom cried a lot, and it started to scare her.
It even started to affect her grades.
Her teacher sent home a letter to her mom. It didn't help much that her teacher was the wife of the new mayor, and Maya was afraid to show her parents. She had never gotten bad grades before.
When Christopher found out, he was furious with Erica. He knew that troubles at home where the cause of Maya's bad grades.
"Erica, you have to cut it out. I've been doing all the housework, all the work with the kids, and I'm tired of it. When is the last time you fed McKenna? When is the last time you cuddled her?"
She didn't want to admit it, but he was right.
That night, she helped Maya with her schoolwork,
especially in her Simlish class,
and she took care of McKenna as soon as the baby woke up. Holding her infant in her arms, she felt better.
It wasn't perfect, but it was a little better.