Published on December 31st, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie2
Ann’s Story: Chapter Twenty-Eight ‘Family Life’
Yellow Magpie’s Saturday Serial concludes with Chapter Twenty-Eight. You can read the list of chapters here.
It wasn’t long before Ann’s life fell into a comfortable routine and Faith had settled into the crèche.
Her job was going really well and she enjoyed meeting the clients and had gotten to know some of them personally, often lunching with them.
Meanwhile John was still showing interest and eventually asked her out again. This time Ann didn’t refuse.
They went to a small intimate restaurant, more modest than the ones Joe had taken her to but much more homely and relaxed.
They were easy in each others company and had plenty to talk about. Ann grew very fond of John. He was always so kind and considerate and had a great sense of humour always making her laugh and feel good about herself.
The relationship didn’t have the passion of her and Joe but she was much more content and he left her in no doubt as to how he felt about her.
Faith was now almost a year old and was becoming cuter every day. She looked very like Joe who doted on her and spoiled her with toys and other little treats. He often called Ann to see how Faith was and worried that she was happy in the crèche.
Ann always assured him that she was being well taken care of and he need not be concerned. Still he fretted and Ann could see that Faith was going to be Daddy’s little girl.
She was glad that she would have a positive relationship with her father and John was also another strong male influence.
Thelma was a great godmother and took every opportunity to baby sit and mind her. Ann was surrounded by support and love and as Christmas approached felt only warmth and joy.
On Christmas eve John proposed. It took Ann by surprise and while she felt sure she would accept, she said she would have to consult with Joe as the father of Faith and how he felt about another man being a permanent fixture in his daughter’s life.
Joe was quiet when she told him and said he felt jealous that John would be the main man in his Faith’s life. However, he said he wouldn’t stand in her way provided he could have unlimited access to her.
Ann agreed as she knew he would always do what was right for Faith. Nonetheless, John insisted they go to a solicitor and have something legal written up. Joe consented and the solicitor drew up an agreement which they all signed.
Christmas was wonderful and was the first time since Ann’s childhood that she felt so safe surrounded as she was by her very own family. On New Year’s day, Ann accepted John’s offer of marriage and he presented her with a beautiful engagement ring.
Thelma cried yet again and hugged her warmly and Ann felt sorry for her, wishing she could also meet someone and settle down. She knew Thelma wanted that too and Ann hoped that she would get her wish.
Ann and John got married in the spring, she wore a long cream lace fitted dress. Thelma was her Maid of Honour and wore a long pale blue lace dress. As usual she looked the most glamorous but Ann didn’t care as it was her day and she wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of her enjoyment of it.
Joe took Faith while they were on honeymoon in Florida and rang her every day to tell her how she was. John was a good and attentive husband always putting Ann’s needs above his own and treating her with respect and dignity.
When Thelma introduced the new man in her life, Ann was more than surprised. He was a small bald headed man called Mark. He was in his 50’s and he was head-over-heels in love with her and she seemed to reciprocate and the two of them were delighted, doting on each other.
That was over 20 years ago I am the Ann White of the story and as I look back on my life I realise how lucky I have been.
For years I thought I would spend the rest of my life alone, I never dreamed I would marry and as for having a baby that thought never entered my head. Those things were for other people not me.
Faith is now 20 and studying medicine, all going well I will be the mother of a doctor. She has grown up to be a beautiful strong confident and most of all kind young woman.
Having two men in her life that both love her to bits has given her a great deal of confidence and she has always attracted boyfriends who treat her well as that is her only experience of how men treat women.
Meanwhile having two women in her life has also, I hope, made a good impression. Thelma has given her a sense of adventure and I have given her stability.
I miss her now that she is away in college but she rings almost every day and is bubbling with life.
Thelma is now married herself to Mark and they are like two peas in a pod and I rarely see one without the other. Thelma gave up her job as an escort and is in the throws of writing a book fully supported by Mark.
Joe is still single and I expect always will be given his aversion to commitment but I cannot fault him when it comes to Faith and she loves him dearly.
As for myself and John, we have had our ups and downs over the years. John had a heart attack about six years ago which left us both shaken and me always watching out and on the alert. He is a wonderful husband and step-father and I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to come into my life.
It is remarkable how life can change and the choices we make can have such a dramatic effect. What the next 20 years will bring I have no idea. I know one thing, life is full of surprises. some bad but a lot of them good and we just have to trust that things will work out for the better and never give up hope.
You can read the list of chapters here.