A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.
Denise, 23, grew up in Cottonwood Creek, was the homecoming queen, and married her childhood sweetheart, a local farmboy. She works in the office at the local grocery store, and is pregnant with their first child. Denise's parents moved to Arizona not long ago, and her relationship with her mother-in-law Opal isn't always pleasant; this week brought a confrontation over what the baby, a boy, would be named.
When Denise walked into the bank to make a deposit for the store Alyssa was at the teller window and could tell she'd been crying. No stranger to tears, Alyssa's heart went out to this young woman who was obviously due to have a baby soon. Making a little conversation, it was clear to Alyssa that Denise needed a friend to talk to as much as she did, and was happy when she agreed to meet up the following day for lunch.
Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.