39 – Searching for Answers – The Anouncement

Joe had just finished cleaning up the dishes while Tom sat and talked about everything that was happening when the doorbell rang. Joe walked to the door and quickly opened it inviting everyone in. Sorry I don’t have a lot of extra chairs. Feel free to find a place and try to make yourselves comfortable. Anyone want anything to drink? I have coffee, tea, or water? I also have some beer if anyone would like one. I might also have some white wine in the fridge. Everyone quickly said that they were fine and that they just wanted to check in on Tom to see how he was doing now that he was out of the hospital.

Ann walked over and sat down on the floor next to Tom who was sitting in Joe’s favorite chair. Well I’m doing pretty well replied Tom when Ann asked how he was feeling. I just had the best meal I have had in weeks and I’m out of the hospital, so I guess all is good. Looking around the room Tom smiled as he said; I’m really happy you all stopped by to check on me. Joe is taking good care of me and I can’t tell you how great it feels to be out of the hospital. The next several minutes passed as everyone was exchanging thoughts on everything that had happened when Tom’s dad spoke up and said; Tom your mom and I have to get back to Michigan day after tomorrow. I’ve been able to stay ahead of things at the shop by working remotely over the internet and making a few phone calls. But things are happening that need my presence now. Dad, it has been so great that you have been able spend this much time with me replied Tom. I am on the mend and everything is going to be ok. Greg spoke up and told Randy that they would keep an eye on Tom as he looked over at Tom and gave him a sly looking smile. Yes we will keep an eye on him added Sandy as they all began to laugh.

Tom looked down at Ann, bent down and said I want to tell them right now if you agree. Looking up she said ok. Well Ann and I have something to tell you about before you leave. I asked Ann to marry me and – Ann quickly stood up and said and I told him yes! Greg already had a big smile across his face as Sandy said I am so happy for both of you. Jill and Randy walked over to Tom and Ann giving them a hug showing how delighted they were for both of them. Welcome to our family Ann, added Jill. This is such great news and I am really excited for both of you. Sandy looked at Greg and said you knew about this didn’t you? Well just a little replied Greg. Tom talked to me about it a couple days ago and I knew I had to keep it a secret until they were ready to tell everyone. The chatter in the room took over the conversation as they all talked about how great it would be and how happy they were. Sandy interrupted the ongoing chatter when she walked over to Tom, bend down giving him an emotional hug as a tear rolled down her cheek as she told him just how happy she was for them and then added; you two are going to be great for each other. I am beyond excitement!

Sandy looked over at Ann and asked; have you two set a date yet? Well we are going to talk to Pastor Dan about that and see if he would marry us. We really haven’t talked much about when, added Tom. But we want to do it sooner than later. Sandy looked back over at her daughter Ann with a look that told Ann she knew more than she had been told. It was a look of love that only a mother and a daughter have. It was something very special and Ann could feel it. Everyone continued talking and making some jokes about how long they had dated and it was about time they tied the knot.

Joe stood off to the side taking it all in and thinking about how great it would be if it was he and Sarah that were making the announcement. He wanted Sarah to be there with him so bad that he walked into the kitchen, picked up his phone and called her. She picked right up and quickly asked if everything was alright. Yes, replied Joe. I wish you were here Sarah. Tom and Ann just told their parents they were getting married. Everyone is so happy. You should have seen the look on everyone’s face. Except for Greg who was already smiling before Tom got it out. I wish I could have been there Joe. I am really happy for them. They are going to be great together. Did they tell them about the baby yet? Not yet.

Sarah and Joe went silent for a couple seconds as both were wondering how everyone would take the news about the baby when Joe’s let his thoughts switch to his dream. Sarah, you won’t believe it but I had another dream. You got to be kidding me Joe. Are you ok? Yes, it was different. It was not like before. Nothing was trying to kill me and there were no dinosaurs. All I did was close my eyes and before I knew it, I was behind this large boulder. It was dark but I could see some light coming from the other side of the boulder. It was a little scary as I looked around the other side to see where the light was coming from. I watched as people were laughing as they walked towards an opening in the ground that looked like a big fire pit. It looked very pleasant as I could see the flicker of the flames bouncing around but I couldn’t see the fire. It looked inviting but as people walked up and started into it all I could hear was screams of terror and then they would stop. I tried to help but every time I tried I ran into a fence that knocked me down. They would appear so happy and before they knew it they were screaming and then they stopped. I tried several times to stop different people. One of them walked right past me as if I wasn’t there. The fence didn’t stop him. It was as if it wasn’t there. But when I tried to run after him I hit it again and fell backwards. That is when it stopped and I woke up.

Both Sarah and Joe stopped talking for a while. Neither of them realized that the other wasn’t talking. Joe finally broke the silence when he asked Sarah if he could come over and see her tomorrow if Tom was up to a short stay alone. I got one better Joe. I will pick up some lunch and stop by around noon. I will bring some for Tom too. Tell Ann and see if she would like to join us. Tomorrow is Saturday so she should be free and we will have some more time to talk then. Ok. I will see you around noon. Call me if something changes. I will Joe. Sarah, I love you. And I love you too Joe and no more dreams. Think good thoughts Joe. I’ll just try to dream about you Sarah. That should work! Sarah was grinning as she said goodbye, but Joe would never know.

Tom and Ann were working up the nerve to break the news about the baby to their parents when they heard the door open. Joe walked in which broke the silence. Both Tom and Ann had been trying to find a way to slide into the subject but someone always went off in a different direction which seemed to sidetrack the breaking news. Ann would look at Tom and they would just shrug their shoulders and smile. Joe, I’m glad you came back in. We have some new news we need to tell everyone. Joe was still thinking about his talk with Sarah and could only reply; what news? Oh, oh that news! Yes replied Ann. Ok, what are you two talking about replied Ann’s mom Sandy. Mom, we have a little additional news and we hope you guys will be happy about it. You guys are going to be grandparents. We are going to have a baby boy. The room went silent until Sandy spoke up and said; Ann you know how much we love you guys and I can’t wait to be a grandma. The other three expectant grandparents chimed in letting Tom and Ann know how happy they were. What’s on your mind mom, inquired Ann. You have this big smile that usually means… Well I have kind of known or at least had a suspicion about this for the last couple weeks. I wasn’t sure but I just had a feeling that just maybe this was what was making you sick. I knew you would tell us when you were ready if you were. So how long have you known? When are you due? I had no idea until a couple days before Tom woke up, replied Ann. Jill got up and walked over to Ann and put her arms around her and told her how much she loved her and that she couldn’t be happier. You are going to be a great daughter and a great mom. Then she looked at Tom and with a big smile said; I am so happy. It wasn’t long and the emotional tension in the room was gone. Everyone was smiling and the joy in the atmosphere made both Ann and Tom know everything was going to be alright.

Joe broke the emotional high when he spoke up saying; Ann, Sarah asked me to see if you would like to join the three of us for lunch tomorrow. Sarah is fixing something up and was coming over around noon. Sound great replied Ann. Before long everyone was saying goodbye, hugs for everyone and the four parents made their way out the door. Ann held back just a little so she could say goodbye to Tom. As soon as the door closed she leaned over Tom and gave him a hug adding the words I love you as she kissed him goodnight. I will see you tomorrow. I am so glad that is over with. Now I know things are going to be ok.

Ann pulled the door closed behind her as she made her way towards her car. The other four were standing there waiting for her as she walked up to them. Just as they were about to get in their cars Ann’s mom stopped and said: what do you mean a boy? How do you know that already? Well it is a little bit of a long story mom. Actually Tom was the first to know. How would Tom know before you? Well we need Tom here for that story. Sorry to leave you hanging but… Ann jumped into the car and pulled the door shut, fired up the engine and was headed towards home before what she had said sank into everyone’s mind. Oh boy this is going to be a story, Ann thought to herself.

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