In late winter 1956 my Mother called all of us kids together for an announcement. I was 13 and the eldest so she seemed to direct her message more towards me. Her announcement was that she was going to have a baby. There was a moment of silence while we all absorbed the news, and then we all began talking about the baby. Would it be a boy or a girl? Who would it look like? What would it's name be?
My Mother was due in late September of that year. I was especially excited, I liked the idea of a baby sister or brother. I was used to being around kids and I liked the idea of helping my Mother take care of the baby. I was looking forward to becoming a big sister once again. I was very excited about the blessed event.