Things continue to grow worse for the Gaffney family.
For starters, the children, Aaron (seven) and Lilly (five) continue to wreak havoc everywhere they go; they remain as wild (and as undisciplined) as ever. And the parents continue to work long hours (the father works anywhere from 80 to 100 hours per week at a factory; the mother, meanwnhile, works two jobs) just to put food on the table or to pay their bills.
The parents also continue to yell and cuss at the children any chance they get. There is very little in the way of interaction with them except to tell them how worthless they are or to yell at them for the least little infraction.
The apartment remains cluttered, filthy: the parents have since given up trying to keep their place clean because "the children only mess it up again"; they don't see the point in trying to keep it in order. It is as if they've given up in trying to discipline the children because "they don't listen to a single word we say".
Now the mother is on the verge of losing at least one of her jobs. Budget cutbacks, or downsizing, they told her last week. Merry fucking Chrismas to me, the mother thought, as she came home from work, a look of total despair and dejection written on her lined, world-weary face.
The children must have sensed this because they remain as unmanageable and out of control as ever. The younger child (Lilly) spends all her time in front of the television, snacking on Ring Dings or other junk food, guzzling soda pop like it's going out of style, while her brother (Aaron) spends his days banging his head on the walls or throwing toys down the stairs, anything to make some noise or to vent out the frustrations he is feeling about his mother.
Just last week, a few days before Christmas, the landlord put a notice on the door, saying that if they don't keep the noise level down or clean up the messy apartment, then they might be evicted within a month. She is giving them two weeks to get the place in order, or else they will be on the streets, looking for another place to live.
In addition to that, the father has started to experience pounding, blinding headaches that has caused him to nearly pass out at work. At a company doctor's appointemnt, it was found that Mr. Gaffney's blood pressure is alarmingly high; if he isn't careful or doesn't reduce the stress in his life, he could have a massive stroke or heart attack (or worse).
Life, as you can see, hs gotten worse, a lot worse, for the Gaffney family. The neighbors (mostly elderly or disabled residents) don't mind; they'd love to see this family leave their apartment complex because they've caused nothing but grief or headaches for them.
What is going to happen to the Gaffney family is anybody's guess, but right now, things look very bad for them.
*To be continued.*