Monday, April 23, 2012
Asa was thankful that Josie's mother drove her to the emergency room. He was expecting the worst, but instead they were waiting to go into the sonogram room.
If only Derrick were here, Asa knew he should be. Josie's father was nowhere in sight.
"Everything is fine." Her mother told him. "Blood pressure is normal. Baby's heartbeat is doing well."
"Good." Asa didn't mention anything about the baby's future nor the fiasco with Josie's dad. It was best that everything focused on now and what to expect. He could see Josie was upset. Although, he went to sign some forms. He'd already contacted his insurance company. Of course, there was more paperwork to do, but at least it was all on track. No bills would go to Josie's parents now.
Soon enough they were in the dark room. It really made the evening feel all the more late. But the movie started, starring the baby. It was more than an x-ray of sorts, but a real three dimensional live show.
Asa couldn't help but watch such movement. It sank in how real, this really was.
The nurse informed them that she was already four months along. Asa hadn't thought of Josie being that pregnant. Asa listened tentatively. Of course, they wanted Josie to take a few more test for precautions. At the moment, it wasn't a high risk pregnancy.
"Maybe, its best if you come home with me." Asa took Josie's hand. "The boys are fixing up Rosie's room for you. We don't want you to be alone."
Josie nodded. She didn't even look at her mother, but Asa looked at Camille and saw that she was crying.
Josie went to clean up after the sonogram. Asa and Josie's mother, Camille waited in the hall.
"Al is just being stubborn." She wiped a tear with the handkerchief that Asa gave her. "But, but I think this is for the best. I mean, I never in a million years, thought it would come to this." She sighed, thanked him for doing this, for taking care of Josie and her unborn baby.
Asa was certain she'd tell him that she wasn't ready to be a grandmother yet, but she didn't.
"I'm like the worst mother, aren't I?" Camille sounded as if it were too late. She hugged Josie when she came out.
"At least, I know where you'll be. Everything will work out." Her mother smoothed Josie's hair. She talked of her trip to South Africa that she planned ages ago. "I can't just not go, but I'll be back. I'll be back by July." She sat down with Josie in the waiting chairs. It wasn't long until she pulled out her hairbrush from her bulky shoulder bag and began to comb Josie's hair. Asa wasn't sure how long this might take because she started braiding Josie's hair in a fishtail braid as if it might be one last gift to give her.