Unhappily, this is a true story that, as of this writing, the ending of it is still playing out yet to be known.
Photo by Dale Rogerson. Thanks, Dale.
Joe looked at his four daughters eating breakfast at the table.
Five year-old Debbie asked him how old she would be in ten years.
Joe didn’t want to answer it. Stay strong! No crying! “Fifteen, sweetie.”
May Ann announced, “I’m gonna be 18 and drive! The baby’ll be ten, right Daddy?”
The phone rang. Joe answered. His wife’s lawyer on the other end. “Joe! Good news! We got an appeal! Jill won’t spend ten years in prison. She’ll be treated at a mental health center and, since she’s pregnant …”
His voice faded. Joe announced, “Girls, it’s about your mom …”