This was odd, considering she and her husband lived in Tanzania at the time.
I stood outside to talk to her, slightly concerned about what would warrant an unexpected phone call from across the world. A minute of chatting, and then,
A second's pause, a moment of processing the meaning of what she oh so casually just announced, and then my eyes got really big and I yelled,
way too loudly for a public place. Everyone within earshot (most of the shopping center) stopped and stared in my direction. I smiled sheepishly and shrugged my shoulders, Val laughed, and I started imagining the baby who was soon coming (yes, I have reacted similarly to the announcement of all 5 nieces and nephews. I never do seem to expect it.)
A few months later I was spending Thanksgiving 2008 with my parents at the hospital in Harrisonburg, waiting to meet my new niece.
She was so beautiful!
Give her a huge happy birthday hug for me please, Val :-D