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TODAY CONCLUDES THIS STORY - A NEW STORY BEGINS VERY SOON!
Having done things in the old
style where the man is in the waiting room and the two mothers are with the new
mother during birth; I was waiting for the news as to what it is.
They were taking their time
for I knew the child had been born but they were doing all the necessary things
like washing, cutting the cord, weighing and the grandmothers not wanting to
give it up.
After what seemed an
unreasonable amount of time they wheeled Lesley into her room and the nurse
carried the baby and gave it to her mother.
It made me feel so
unnecessary. Everyone was gathered around and Lesley said to me, “Well papa,
you have another daughter and she is beautiful.”
I looked at her with her
mother and said, “I have the three most beautiful women in the world in my
The nurse came in and said we
better let this little girl rest a bit before we attempt the first feeding. She
said we will take her to the nursery for a while and then bring her back after
the doctor has had a chance to fully check her over.
Ester insisted she carry her
to the nursery because so far she hadn’t held her and it was eating her up.
I asked Ester how she felt
about the new arrival and tears came into her eyes as she tried to say
From looking at her I could
tell exactly how she felt.
I have named her Miss Mercy Ellen
As I thought about a name everything seemed
redundant and Lesley felt the same way.
I suggested we ask Ester and
Lottie what they thought we should call her. They said they needed to talk it
over and they would let us know what her name would be.
A little later they came in
and Lottie said we have named the baby and her name is, Mercy Ellen. She went on and said you can call her what you
like but I am going to call her Mer.
We were a little shocked but
didn’t let on. We would never have come
up with a name like that.
The nurse came in and asked
if we had decided on a name and Lottie spoke up and said her name is Miss Mercy
The nurse looked at us and we
nodded in agreement.
I decided to call her Ellie
for I liked the ring to that name.
The doctor was old school and
insisted Lesley stay at the hospital for three days before heading home.
After we were all settled in
at home again and Lesley was up and about it only remained for Mercy Ellen to
get comfortable in her new home.
As I looked forward
to the future - I paused in the present and counted my blessings.
First off is my lovely wife,
my treasure. My children are my delight.
Dear Ester, not a servant but a genuine
member of our family.
The grandparents, that which is needed and add so much to
the family circle.
Our friends and business
associates, all are a part of our lives and our heritage.
All this is a solid basis for
facing the future and the unknowns that are bound to come