How many of you gals have been pregnant in the summer? Miserable. You feel...fat… it is hot..it seems like you wait all summer for the baby to arrive. Your feet swell…you are cranky.
During the summer of 1975, I was 23 years old. Pregnant with our second child who we were sure was going to be a boy who we would name Travis but we would call him Duke. ( cause Trica (big sister) liked that name.) Trica and I and our Scottie Terrier/Mix dog named “Snuffer” lived in a cottage at the lake, with no hot water and no indoor bathroom. We had an outhouse. My parents bought a resort, my Dad was still working in the cities and my Mom was still farming ..so I ran the resort for them for the summer.
Me, Trica (3years old) and my sister Julie (9 years old) at the resort.
Far Guy would commute and come and see us on an occasional night and weekends. It was a long summer. My due date (September 1) came and went. My Doctor scratched his head. Finally he came to his senses and scheduled me to be induced, I went home and went into labor…eight hours later we had our second little girl!
Me and Jennifer Joy 5 pounds 5 ounces…tiny..tiny perfect baby.
She was hungry! Her last few days in the womb were not the best for her, she lost weight and her skin was all wrinkled. We were lucky she survived, the Doctor strongly suggested that perhaps I was not such a good incubator anymore. So with two daughters our family was complete.
She would forgo birthday cakes and take a liking to Hornbacher’s decorated chocolate chip cookies for her birthday treat.
She grew up, went to school for 19 or 20 years and now she goes to school everyday. She teaches English in a Community College.
One of her favorite hobbies is taking photographs. We have the same camera except her camera strap has a fancy smancy lace cover decorated with buttons. She collects buttons..because she can and she is always looking for places to use them.
I think she could have been an Interior Decorator. She has a good eye for color and form. She has decorated and redesigned just about every room in their 1910 four - square home directing handy Andy to build cabinets and trim that are true to the era their home was built in.
I won’t tell you how old she is, but you can do the math. Math was never her strong subject but I am certain she remembers exactly how old she is! Happy Birthday Jen! :)