I made my first jams and jellies that summer too, putting them up in tiny baby food jars sealed with paraffin. I marveled at the shining rows of colorful preserves in my cabinets.I also registered for night school. I'd quit school to marry and become a mother but I desperately wanted to finish high school. Classes started September 25th and my baby was due on the 27th. I doubted it would be possible to attend but I registered nevertheless. I had a boy's name picked out for my baby, one I'd had since I was 14. Jonathan Scott. I loved the way the syllables rolled off my tongue. What if the baby was a girl? I struggled to find a name for a little girl. Nothing sounded right.
September 4th was the Friday before Labor Day. It was another hot day and that morning I wondered how much more I could take. As it turned out, labor started that evening and in four hours my Jonathan came into the world.
He would have been 42 today, at 9:31 pm. I miss him.
Me, Jon, and his granddaughter Cadyn.
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