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Dawn, or Sunshine as she was known to most of the commune, returned to California for good at the end of 8th grade (or one of the ends of 8th grade lol). She couldn't stand the cold, dreary East Coast weather anymore. Plus, Mary Anne's hysterics over Tigger's cuteness were getting old. Dawn finished out high school with her best friend Sunny, and loved being back with her dad & brother. She tolerated Carol, the stepmomster, and the new baby. After high school, she decided against going to college, since she really had no ambitions or dreams at all. Instead she worked at the local food co-op and became close friends with Diego, a guy who came in every Saturday for fresh veggies. Diego introduced her to the commune life and, against her dad's protests, she moved in with them at the age of 19.
This wasn't a cult commune, just normal hippies living the natural life. :) Dawn went completely vegan and came up with an all-natural deodorant and soap line that Diego helped her market at the local street fairs. She named her line "Hello, Sunshine" and was mildly successful, much to her mother & Mr Spier's shock. When Dawn got pregnant a year later, Diego asked her to move in with him, but he didn't believe in "shackling himself legally to another human being". Despite that bad omen, the two remained together and have 4 kids total with more being suggested. Luckily, Dawn did not inherit her mother's scatterbrained attitude and remembers to feed her kids every day and keeps them healthy, but otherwise she pretty much lets them run wild on the farm.
She is very relaxed with her parenting (and appearance), which drives Mary Anne absolutely batty when she visits each summer. Mary Anne, being a public school librarian and Richard's daughter, obviously has issues with children being homeschooled and allowed to decide themselves when and what they should learn. (I personally, do not have an issue with this, please don't take that as me saying it!) Mary Anne tries to encourage the kids to go to a "real school" whenever she can, but she's had no luck so far. Although the youngest boy, Free, is showing signs of being interested in different laws like his Uncle Jeff, so it's a start!
If Mary Anne weren't her sister, Dawn probably would have lost touch with her a long time ago. The only other BSCer she speaks to regularly is Claudia, when they have their monthly recipe exchanges over Skype. She just doesn't have the time or energy to deal with Stacey's latest boy-crazy antics or to hear about Kristy's Krusher's winning against Bart's Bashers that one time back in 8th grade again. Dawn is happy being semi-isolated in her own little family. She does have regular dinners with her father and Jeff (who is now a lawyer and happily married) and Carol. Unfortunately, she is no longer friends with Sunny or any of the other We <3 Kids girls. When Sunny's mom finally died after her long battle with cancer, Sunny turned into a completely different, darker person and Dawn couldn't deal with it. The two had a huge blowup when Sunny said she liked a big, juicy hamburger every once in a while and they were never the same after that.
And that is it for another All Grown Up special! I hope you enjoyed this one as much as the others. (Have you read the others? Check out the "All Grown Up" tag if not!) Is this how you picture the girls growing up? I'd love to hear your thoughts! And I have decided it's beyond time for another BSC giveaway, so be on the lookout for that soon. :)