We just read that Ann is anticipating the arrival of her aunt’s baby. Will it ever arrive? She’s about to find out!
A Morning At Church.
“So how are you doing?” Mom asked Aunt Jenny as they advanced down the steps of our ancient, white church.
“Great.”Jenny laughed. “Tired as always though.” She added and gently helped her two year climb down the final step of the church’s ageing stairs.
“You look tired.” Mom noted. “Do you want me to take the kids home with me and let you rest?”
“Um,” Jenny thought a moment.
“Ann has been wanting Faith to come again and Kate will have company any chance she can.” Mom noted.
“Well, I had actually thought it would be nice to have them all help me clean. We’re having company and I wanted Addy and Aaron at least to help me.”
“Oh, well whatever.” Mom smiled. “If you want me to keep them any time just say.”
“I might be changing my mind. . .” Jenny contemplated, thinking it would be nice to get a little rest in.
“Hello Mary.” John, Jenny’s husband, greeted Mom just then as he walked up beside his wife. “Are you ready to go, Jenny?” He asked her.
“Actually,” She grinned. “Mary just said she’d take our wild, little hooligans of our hands for the day and I thought I’d let her keep Tide and Faith.”
“Well it’s fine with me.” He agreed.
“I’ll let you keep them then.” Aunt Jenny announced. “I’ll go get their stuff for you.”
“Don’t work too hard. You need rest.” Mom stated when they had arrived by John and Jenny’s well loved suburban. Jenny was opening the back and pulling out her stash of extra necessities.
“Yes.” Jenny piled a diper bag into her sister’s arms. “But I get bored if I don’t have something to do and our kids played all day yesterday so I’m not worried about overworking them.”
Mom laughed. “No, they’re not overworked at all. Just don’t over do yourself.”
“I won’t.” Jenny promised. “Besides everyone rest differently. I rest best with a clean house. Maybe because cleaning it wears me out!” She laughed as she led Mom to another door and opened it.
“Yes.” Mom agreed. “I rest by reading. But Job rests by playing games or something that takes energy.”
“Well,” Aunt Jenny grinned. “he’ll have plenty of energy about today.”
Mom beamed. “Yep, I’ll just let him take care of the kids!”
“Ok, I have Tide’s blankey and their extra clothes and hair stuff and coats. Oh, here are their boots. That’s Faiths hat. She has to wear it. This is medicine for Tide’s cold.You have their car seats, there’s the bag, and that’s a snack. And . . . anything else?” She turned back to the car for a quick check.
“Gracious!” Mom laughed. “Your girls have more than you do!”
Jenny giggled. “Probably! Now are you sure you’ll be fine?”
“Yes.” Mom assured her. She had just noticed how tired her sister looked. Her worry was lightened some what when Aunt Jenny burst out laughing as Mom turned to waddle over to her car. After all caring two car seats loaded with stuff while wearing heels is not the easiest thing to do!
“You look hilarious!” Jenny wheezed as she opened the door and Mom dumped the pile of belongs in her suburban.“Are you sure you have enough stuff?!”
“Jenny.” Mom stated moving her head toward the stuff-filled vehicle. “We’ll be fine. There’s more stuff here than a caravan needs.”
“Exactly.” Aunt Jenny grinned. “You’re gonna have more than a caravan. You’re gonna have two little girls!” The two sisters shared a hearty laugh as they headed off in search of their children.
A New Baby.
Around four o’clock the phone rang. Mom answered while holding Tide who had just woke up from her nap. She was crying for her mom and trying to remember where she was. Faith and Ann were outside and I was on the couch reading.
Mom was bouncing Tide busily as she answered. “Hello, this is the Kentworth’s residence.” She called into the emptiness of the phone.
“Hello.” John’s voice trotted through the receiver.“Hey, we are on our way to the hospital and I was . . .”
Mom dropped the phone on the counter! It bounced off and flew into several pieces on the floor! She charged out the door in Crocs and a jacket, still holding Tide. Leaping in to the suburban, she started it, and dug into her pocket for her cell phone. “Hello John?!”
She was out of the garage.
“Sorry! I dropped the other phone, or well, anyway . . .”
Zip! Whoosh! Screech!
“You want me to get the kids right?! Do I need to do anything else?!”
Tide gave a little squeal as they zipped out the lane.
“No. That’s all, we’ll be fine.” John told her.
“Oh Mary?” He added.
“Jenny just told me to tell you to slow down. I’m the one taking her to the hospital, you need to drive carefully! In fact so do I!”
“Too late!” Mom zipped into the Springs lane.
“I’m here! . . . But I’ll drive back slower!” She pulled to a safe stop. “Goodbye, be safe!”
“Bye, we’ll call you soon.”
In seconds the door burst open and the twins, Aaron and Addy, armed with bags of shoes, bustled out.
“Hey!”Aaron exclaimed when he’d clambered in. “Why isn’t Tide in a car seat?”
“Since we were just coming here, I decided she’d be fine.” Jenny sat Tide in the seat beside her. She’d realized it was going to be easier to drive without a two year old in her lap.
“You guys got everything?” She wondered.
“Yes.” Addy stated, closing the door behind her and squishing in with the shoes.
“All right.” Mom exclaimed.
“Hewe we go!” Tide hollered excitedly.
“Oh, hehe.” Mom was a little sheepish, hopefully Tide would forget the wild ride! As they pulled into our drive way Faith and Ann came running. Addy and Aaron tumbled out, still clutching their bags of shoes.
“You’re here! Hurray! Why?” The little girls surrounded them joyously.
“Mom’s having the baby.” Addy exclaimed.
“She is! It’s hewe Mommy!?” Ann hollered, dashing away from the kids and after her Mom. “It’s coming!?”
“Yes, sweetie. It should be here today, hopefully.”
“Yay!” Ann squealed delighted. It would arrive soon! And she could hardly wait.
I was soon notified that the twins had arrived and the three of us set about covering the trampoline in shoes and playing popcorn.
Ann and Faith meanwhile settled in the toy room with freshly made cookies which Mom had concocted while talking to Grandma Philips excitedly. Mom was so pleased to be near while her sister was having a baby. In the past she had not been near enough to help since we hadn’t lived close to each other.
Just three years earlier we had moved to our little, prairie farm. Until we’d moved, we’d lived in Ohio near Dad’s family. Though he’d had several well-paying jobs, he’d found nothing he’d loved as much as farming. Dad had volunteered as a custom cutter and met Mom one summer while working. When they’d first married they’d moved to Dad’s home town where Ann and I were both born. But when Ann was almost one, they’d decided to move to the plains. There Dad could farm and Mom would be next door, literally, to her mother and sister!
Dad loved the work, our cozy place, and, especially, the open, free prairies. Mom was glad to be home and she loved waking up every morning and letting her girls grow and play each day under the endless, blue sky.
Mom had grown up a farm girl and loved farm life. Still she kept a very, very close eye on her girls. Ann and I thrived in our home. We were little, brown Indians in the summer and tiny Eskimos in the winter. We loved every part of our new home! Though our favorite was our next door cousins who, along with us, all excitedly anticipated the arrival of Aunt Jenny’s baby.
Our enthusiasm quickly caught Ann and she was just about the most delighted one of us all!
“I’m so excwited!” Ann was telling Faith, as they listened to Mom talk on the phone to their Grandma.
“I agwee with Aunt Mawy. I can’t wait to see ouw baby!” Faith cheered.
“Me eithew!” Ann cheered!
And their waiting was just about to come to an end!