Mom was always expecting some baby or another, when I was a little girl. My friend Diann said that her mom said she knew it was spring, ’cause my mom was having another baby. Deanna rolled her eyes and turned all red when I told her, but I liked it. I was going to have eleven children, when I grew up, then I would have lots of help, just like Mom did.
Mom and Dad had a heck of a time picking out names for kids. Deanna never did get officially named until she was sixteen. She found out about that when she got her birth certificate for her driving permit. Boy oh boy, was she mad, when she read “baby girl” on the line where the first name belonged.
“I guess I can pick out any name I want,” she said, with one hand on her hip and that birth certificate wagging in the other and her hair all up in curlers so she could get it ratted up high like the girls on American Bandstand. Continue reading