By Shirlee Evans
Gail's marriage is shaken while the daughter she gave up for adoption fifteen years in the past reenters her existence.
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A good day, Gail thought as she rose from her warm bed to look out the window, for a book and a fire in the fireplace after the house was cleaned. As usual, Gail put on the red robe she had given Brad for Christmas three years before. Brad was cooking breakfast when she sleepily entered the kitchen. "I called Tom awhile ago," he said. " "You could have asked me first," Gail suggested warily. " She sat at the counter as he mixed his favorite pancake batter peppered with fresh apple chunks. " Page 24 Brad shrugged.
The woman looked up as Gail stopped beside her. "Are you Mrs. " "Yes. " "I'm Gail Lorring. " She motioned to the bench across from her as a waitress stopped by. Gail ordered a soft drink. The Philips woman eyed her curiously. "You're notI'm sorry. " Gail laughed, then turned serious. "But I have been. I was fifteen when I gave my baby up for adoption. I've married since then. My Page 35 husband and I have two sons. But lately I find myself thinking more and more about the daughter I gave up. " The woman reached across the table to touch Gail's hand.
When Brad came home the boys were asleep. Gail was in the kitchen ironing a skirt to wear to work. Brad slapped a stack of papers on the counter. "You look tired," she said. He shook his head. "I'm beyond tired. I'm exhausted. You can't believe what goes on behind the scenes. " He nodded. "What's to eat? " Page 16 "I stopped at a bakery this evening when I went to look at apartments for my mother. " He poured a glass of milk and took a donut, sitting down to watch her. "So you finally looked for a place.