Alice turned to see a lady and a little girl clinging to her mother’s hand. Principal Adams had told her to expect them.
“Goodmorning, Mrs Smith I assume and this must be Karine”
The two women exchanged pleasantries as Karine refused to let go of her mother’s hand.
“Karine, it’s such an interesting name..”
“When we adopted her, the nurse told us the birth mother had wanted to name the baby after her mother. I didn’t know her name so we named her after my mother.”
Alice saw the birthmark on Karine’s left ear and remembered the photograph.
P.S. The story is a continuation of sorts from #118 What If..
She was beautiful..
1..2..3..4……. 10 perfectly formed fingers in balled fists and perfect tiny toes kicking the hospital issued blanket.
Her eyes were scrunched up as though she wanted to block the light around her. Her toothless mouth was open in a soundless wail. A dark fuzz covered her head.
Alice had decided to name the baby after her parents; Emma if it was a girl and Edward if it was a boy.
She would have turned a year old today. Alice moved her fingers over the photograph wondering what the woman who had adopted her baby had named her.
Adam found Sarah crying in her room. He hugged her as she told him about her latest argument with Ryan.
“I want the type of love you and Mom have..”
Adam remembered how he had courted his wife years ago and how many times they had almost let go.
“It’s not perfect, we have our own problems. It took us a long time to get here. You’ll get there too.” He replied wiping her tears.
“How is it that you and Mom never fight this much?”
Adam smiled and moved his hands “Sign language makes your arms pain after awhile.”