Agnes had not talked with her daughter Sally for the past two weeks. She stopped eating her breakfast, put the newspaper aside and dialed Sally in Melbourne.
“Mom, guess what?” Sally said excitedly before Agnes could say anything.
“D- o-n’t tell me,” Agnes said.
“Yes. It’s happening.” Sally continued. “I had my appointment with Dr. Ngyun yesterday afternoon. She confirmed it. I’m going to be a Mom, Mom. Isn’t that GREAT.”
“C-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-i-o-n-s. I’m really, really happy for you.” Agnes said in a motherly tone. She wondered why Sally didn’t call her about the important event. “Now the fun starts. Oh, Sally. I remember when I was expecting with you. There is so much to plan and so much to do. I’m excited too.”
“Mom, Now you must move in with us. I’m really going to need all the help I can get, besides what do you have left in Miami?”
“You have a point. Let me think about it.”
She put the phone down, looked at the half eaten bagel and scrambled eggs still on the plate and got up to make another cup of coffee.
Initially a move from Miami didn’t look so attractive to her. She had her own circle of friends and she liked the get-togethers with them. No doubt it was getting a bit hard without Owen. She felt lonelier. The evenings were particularly so. Every day she felt he would walk in through the garage into the kitchen any moment. Even though Owen was out of the house most of the day, they had quite evenings together. She enjoyed the stories he told about his interactions with patients. They watched the new and discussed current political events.
She had barely finished her breakfast when the phone rang. It was Martindale. He briefed her on the autopsy report and the news from New York and the likelihood of the non-trial.
Agnes was relieved. She dreaded a prolonged investigation, countless interviews with police and maybe with reporters if there was to be a trial. She didn’t want her neighbors and Owen’s patients to know of his use of the cannabis. More than the legal aspect of it, she worried about damaging his reputation as a good doctor and a prominent citizen.
A pair of young pediatricians, fresh out of medical school and having finished their internship, was interested in taking over Owen’s practice. They liked that Owen’s office was located in a predominant neighborhood and the likelihood of the established patients staying with the practice was great. The sale was completed without any hassle.
With the sale of Owen’s practice out-of-the-way, Agnes had to decide what she wanted to do with her life. She was happy living in Miami. She was sure she could keep herself busy with her friends, but then again, it was inevitable that she would worry how Sally would manage her motherhood. Agnes knew how challenging it was going to be. It was more important she be with Sally.
By that month’s end Agnes decided to move to Melbourne. She thought of a new life as a grandma that would be more fulfilling.