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This story is also from my mentor, Joelle. It took place when her mother was in the hospital for labor and delivery. She was dropped off at her grandmother's house early morning to wait for the news. She was excited and at the same time did not know what to expect because there was no ultrasound available. So, when her family announced it was twins. She became very emotional because she had always wanted a sister and she got two on that day.

In Grandma's house. A Sunday morning. 7:54 am on the wooden wall clock.

Joelle was there with Josephine, her Grandma. Her parents had just dropped her off because they had to go to the hospital. It was 2 months early for Mom to deliver the baby, which could be very dangerous!

The worries, the unknown, the fear had crept into her mind.

In the living room, looking out from the window, she saw multiples of her parents. Some were walking, jogging, driving, or simply reading newspapers on the porch.

Her mind must be playing a trick on her, so she turned to Josephine for help.

Good, she is still herself. French curls, a dress, and a lovely smile.

“Grandma, Grandma, will Mom be ok?” She was jumping up and down, avoiding the windows.

Josephine’s eyes looked right into hers and confirmed with a strong nod that synchronized with her jumping.

*RINGGGGGG*

Above the phone, it was 8:33 am on the clock.

Joelle had her hands in the air.

Yes, news!

“Is everything alright? Good, good, good! Ok, bye, bye.” Josephine answered. She let go of a sigh, a relief.

Sadly, that was not enough for Joelle.

Only half an hour had passed! Oh no!

“I just need to be busy.” She said out loud as if that would make Mom safer in labor and delivery. She just had to be useful. She turned to count all the different tiles in the house, from the large white ones in the kitchen to the tiny black squares on the bathroom’s wallpaper.

She was useless to MOM.

Suddenly, an alarm went off. Another 30 minutes had passed. 9:00 am.

She rushed to the dining room to stop it. She ran on but came to a sudden stop in the living room.

It was the phone on the kitchen’s wall.

Well, her brain didn’t do well under stress, she presumed.

Josephine was in front of her and kept nodding her head. Smiling. Joelle stood next to her and just at the right place to saw it.

“Good, good!” She almost yelled.

“Joelle, come here.” Josephine stepped aside and handed over the most powerful object on earth, the medium to reach Mom.

She held on to the phone because it almost slipped to the ground with the amount of sweat in her hand.

“Hello?” She sounded strong. The news was finally here!

“Guess what? It’s Dad! It was so quick this time!” He seemed to be thinking out loud. A lot had happened in under 30 minutes.

“How’s Mom?”

“She is resting at this moment. AND. We are going to have SISTER-SSSSSS!” He was almost out of breath after saying that.

“Sisters!?” Her eyes widen. A wave of shock washed over her.

“YES!” He firmly said it and written in stone.

The phone had escaped from her hand, but the cord saved it from hitting the ground, so it bounded a few times before stopping, but not for her heart. It was pounding hard.

Tears started to fall. They landed on the carpet floor and inevitably, on Josephine’s nicely-ironed dress. Joelle had to turn back and bury herself in the hug.

“I’m...going to...have...SISTERS!!!” She managed to say it with little control over her sob.

“Yes, my dear!” Josephine said softly while stroking her back, which helped to slow down both of their joyful hearts.

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Grandma's House

This story is also from my mentor, Joelle. It took place when her mother was in the hospital for labor and delivery. She was dropped off at her grandmother's house early morning to wait for the news. She was excited and at the same time did not know what to expect because there was no ultrasound available. So, when her family announced it was twins. She became very emotional because she had always wanted a sister and she got two on that day.

Decade: 1960s
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Recorded by Wing Shin Wu on April 29, 2019
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