Thursday, February 19, 2009

Strange Combinations

Is it just here in Alabama or does the other States offer these seemingly strange combinations? Here you can tan, rent a video and buy fishing tackle all in the same building. You can go get your Birth control pill and register to vote at the same time. I see this sort of thinking as smart thinking.

Many moons ago before I wanted to have children I used the Birth control pill to prevent pregnancy. I was very poor so I went to planned parenthood to get my pills. They based the price on your income or lack of in my case. After I had been married a couple of years we decided to go off the pill and have a baby. I can’t believe how naive I was then. We waited 3 months to let the pill get out of my system before actually letting the gates open. At the time I was the Clinique counter manager at a department store in the mall. My two closest friends worked with me. Melody worked as counter manager for LancĂ´me and Teresa worked for Estee Lauder. The three of us were a team. We proclaimed ourselves as the most beautiful women. Every day we came to work we tried a new lipstick, looked in the mirror, blew ourselves a kiss and said “You are the most beautiful woman” (I still do that). Teresa was a few years older, already had children and much wiser. She was the one who told me to wear a bra with more support because one day the twins would not salute the sun but hang in despair. I really wish I had listened to her. I posed as Melody’s stand in Mother. She needed someone to write “L E T T E R S” for her. That’s how I wrote, I said every word as I wrote it down and didn’t finish the word in my mouth till it was on paper. It drove her crazy. I also liked to take the phone book away from her if she didn’t find the number quick enough. The day I did that was the day we became fast friends. I also pointed out that if her battery in her calculator/check book register ever died she wouldn’t know her balance in her check book. And sure enough about 1 week or so later it happened, the battery died in her checkbook register calculator and she had no idea what her balance was. I called the bank and took care of things. I also instructed her to take her car to K-Mart for a new battery instead of taking it the Chevron gas station. If I could do this well managing Melody then surely I could be a mother. Several months after I quit taking the pill I came to work feeling the best I had ever felt except that my boobie’s hurt. Teresa was certain that I was pregnant and insisted that I go and have a test done. I was certain I was not pregnant because we only had unprotected sex 1 time. So, off we went during our lunch hour to Planned Parenthood to have a test. I checked in and while we were waiting for me to be called back, Melody and Teresa found that they could register to vote at Planned Parenthood. Who would have guessed???. The nurse took me back to the room and asked all the pertinent questions. I told her that my boobies hurt so bad that surely my period was going to be horrible. A few minutes later the nurse came back and said to me “you are not going to have a horrible period”. I asked her how she knew that and she said because I was going to have a baby. I stood there not understanding what she had said. Then it hit me and when it did, it hit me hard. It scared me so that I screamed. I screamed loudly. Melody and Teresa came running from the waiting room to find me. They thought something was wrong with me as did all the nurses because they came running too. Apparently most of the screams that they heard were not joyous screams. I was happy and scared. I was shaking so badly that I could not write out the check to pay for the test. Teresa had to write the check for me. That was another day in my life that I will never forget and feel so blessed to have shared it with Melody and Teresa. That was about 19 years ago. I hadn’t thought about that day in a while. Melody reminded me of it the other day so decided to write about it before dementia or Alzheimer’s set in. This was the day that I found out I was pregnant with Queenie and Melody and Teresa registered to vote! What a day!