By Shirlee Evans

Gail's marriage is shaken whilst the daughter she gave up for adoption fifteen years in the past reenters her lifestyles.

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Jenny was singsonging. " "I was just remembering. You know, Jen, when my mother came to our wedding she was drunk! Can you believe that? " "She probably felt left out," Jenny offered. "Sue asked her to help. Invited her to go over the plans with us. " Jenny drew in a resigned breath. " "I know. And I'm thankful she's stopped drinking. This man she married seems good for her. He's quiet. Several years older than Mom. " Page 14 Leaning closer Jenny hesitantly suggested, "It might be good having your mom close.

The woman looked up as Gail stopped beside her. "Are you Mrs. " "Yes. " "I'm Gail Lorring. " She motioned to the bench across from her as a waitress stopped by. Gail ordered a soft drink. The Philips woman eyed her curiously. "You're notI'm sorry. " Gail laughed, then turned serious. "But I have been. I was fifteen when I gave my baby up for adoption. I've married since then. My Page 35 husband and I have two sons. But lately I find myself thinking more and more about the daughter I gave up. " The woman reached across the table to touch Gail's hand.

I know. And I'm thankful she's stopped drinking. This man she married seems good for her. He's quiet. Several years older than Mom. " Page 14 Leaning closer Jenny hesitantly suggested, "It might be good having your mom close. " Gail shrugged. "Maybe" "Don't go off the deep end about this. We're to honor our parents. " Gail added bitterly. Jenny nodded. " The two sat in silence for several minutes, the only sound a falling acorn bouncing off the roof. Finally Gail stood up to stare out at the carpet of fallen leaves.

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