She’ll get over it. Logan climbed down and handed me my clothes—all of which had been peeled off during our little sexcapade. Go upstairs to the guestroom and get cleaned up.
Molly, I think your bladder is full. That could keep the baby from coming. When did you last go pee? Molly looks at her mother, waiting for her mother to answer.We just put a cloth between her legs so she won’t have to get up. It’s been a few hours, but there hasn’t been much.
I wince. This isn’t good. Okay, bring me the chamber pot. We have to have her get up. The bladder isn’t disposed to empty when a person is lying down.The five crows gape at me in disbelief.The potty? The chamber pot! I repeat.
The crows fold their arms across their black chests like Supreme Court judges who’ve come to a verdict—and not a good one. Finally, the younger woman, Ruth, rises slowly, leaves the room and returns with a white enamel pot on a wire handle, the kind they sell at Mullin’s Hardware for two bits. She sets it down next to the bed and without a word goes back to her chair.Okay, ladies. I lay it out. I’m going to need your help to get Molly up, then we need to get some broth in her. Chicken soup would be good or ginger tea with raspberry leaf, ginseng, and honey to give her strength. Do you have any? Mrs. Klopfenstein nods.
Molly, give me a hand with your sister. The rest of you go whistle up some grub. As soon I say it, I regret my choice of words. I sound like a foreman at a lumber camp. Nevertheless, the women rise and head for the kitchen.
Alone with Molly, Ruth and I struggle her up, sit her on the pot, and change the linens.Yes . . . oh, I guess so . . . no, not really. I just feel so rotten about Bitsy.
That takes me aback. I thought you didn’t know about that—about her having to leave and Mr. MacIntosh’s financial problems.I know more than he thinks! William treats me like a child. I can hear the news on the radio, for heaven’s sake. I can put two and two together.
The day the baby came I was so distraught I didn’t realize what they meant by Black Tuesday, but since then there’s been a string of men in and out of the house, bankers, creditors, investors, people like that. I hear their raised voices. I hear their fear.Then Martha Stenger came over to see the baby, the pharmacist’s wife, with her six wild children. I thought they’d never leave. The kids were squirming all over, and the two littlest boys got in a fight! She rolls her eyes.
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