Westward Journey

Where did I leave you?

Oh yes.

I was with Sondra in her off-campus apartment while we ate beignets and discussed parenthood. I didn’t mean to say it! It just happened: “I’ll raise it, then.”

I didn’t know til I said it and saw the look on my sister’s face that that was what she had been waiting for during the whole conversations. She looked so relieved, so happy, I didn’t have the heart to add, “Maybe… let me think about it.” “CHRIS!!!!!” she sighed. “I don’t know how to say how happy I am.”

We agreed that I would come back to New Orleans in time for the baby’s birth. I would save up as much money as I could before then, and then head out west.

So I did. I showed up a week before her due date, and the very next day, as if she’d been waiting for me, Jaime arrived.

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Wondering if people actually do that La Maz breathing? Well, they do. I know. I was there.


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