Dad called around 11 oclock to let us know. Only Mom had already taken
Jonny to his baseball practice and of course Matt isnt home from college
yet, so I was alone to get the big news.
The baby is due in December, Dad crowed, like he was the first guy in
the history of the world with a younger second wife about to have a baby.
Isnt that great! Youre going to have a little brother or sister. Of
course its too soon to tell what its going to be, but as soon as we know,
well tell you. I wouldnt mind another daughter myself. The first one I had
turned out so wonderfully. Howd you like a baby sister?
I had no idea. When did you find out? I asked.
Yesterday afternoon, Dad said. I would have called you right away but,
well, we celebrated. You can understand that, cant you, honey? A little
private time for Lisa and me before letting the world know.
Of course, Daddy, I said. Has Lisa told her family?
First thing this morning, he replied. Her parents are thrilled. Their
first grandchild. Theyre coming for a couple of weeks in July, before you
and Jonny visit.
Are you going to call Matt and tell him? I asked. Or do you want me
Oh no, Ill call, Dad said. Hes busy studying for his finals. Hell
be glad for the interruption.
Its great news, Dad, I said, because I knew I was supposed to. Be
sure to tell Lisa how happy I am for her. And you, too. For both of you.
You tell her yourself, Dad said. Here she is.
Dad muffled the phone for a second so he could whisper something to Lisa
and then she took the phone. Miranda, she said. Isnt it exciting!
Very, I said. Its wonderful news. Im really happy for you and Dad.
I was thinking, she said. Well, I know its way too soon and I havent
even discussed this with your father yet, but would you like to be the
babys godmother? You dont have to answer right away, but do think about
it, all right?
Thats the problem I have with Lisa. Whenever I want to get mad at her,
or just irritated because she really can be immensely irritating, she goes
and does something nice. And then I can understand why Daddy married her.
Of course Ill think about it, I said. You and Daddy think about it
We dont have to give it any more thought, she said. You should see
the glow on your fathers face. I dont think he could be any happier.
I couldnt, Dad said, and I could tell from his laughter that hed
grabbed the phone away from Lisa. Miranda, please say yes. It would mean so
much to us for you to be the babys godmother.
So I said yes. I couldnt exactly say no.
After that we chatted for a while. I told Dad about my last swim meet and
how I was doing in school. Mom still hadnt come back by the time I finally
got off the phone, so I went online to see whats new with figure skating.
The hot topic at Brandon Erlichs fan site is how good his chances are to
win Olympic gold. Most people think not very, but a lot of us think he has a
real shot at medaling and ice is slippery and you never know.
I think Id like to take skating lessons again. Ive missed it the past
couple of years and besides, itll give me a chance to pick up news about
Brandon. He isnt being coached by Mrs. Daley anymore, but I bet she still
hears stuff. And maybe Brandons mother would show up at the rink.
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