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T is for Thelma


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.

Thelma:
Thelma, 70, is a widow in good health who lives comfortably thanks to her husband's good financial planning through the years. Attending Denise's baby shower couldn't help but make her heart heavy for the current situation in her own family, as she had just learned that her eighteen-year-old granddaughter Zadie, who lives in a nearby state, is pregnant. Zadie is completing her final months of high school by correspondence course, but the father of the baby is not interested in marriage or being an involved parent. 

While Thelma doesn't believe in sex outside of marriage, she loves her granddaughter dearly, and is very much against her son's position that Zadie needs to have an abortion; he has told her that she cannot live at home if she decides to keep the baby. Thelma doesn't want Zadie to have to deal with the emotional fallout for making that kind of decision at such a young age, and she believes that Zadie is mature enough to be a good mother.

After thinking long and hard, and praying about it, Thelma spoke with Zadie and her parents, offering her home as a place where Zadie could come and stay; knowing that small town life might be good for Zadie and her child, and would give her the opportunity to work part-time while continuing her education online.
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18 comments:

  1. I like Thelma very much and I hope her son is open to the idea of Zadie coming to live with her grandmother to enjoy small town life and continue her online studies. I bet Thelma will be glad for the company as well. You have infused so much love and goodness into your characters. I'd like to be friends with them in real life!

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    1. I like her too, she shows the wisdom of years, and that forgiveness is a blessing we can bestow on others, rather than judgement which serves no use at this point. Zadie needs a place to go, and I agree with you that Thelma will be blessed by her company and a new great-grandchild to cherish and spoil!

      I truly want to believe that most people are good and will do the right thing given time, of course every town has one or two that miss the mark, but there is always hope for them too.

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  2. Its good Thelma could put aside her disapproval and offer a place for Zadie and child to settle.

    Another day in Amble Bay!

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    1. Yes, I think she understood that what's done is done and she reached out to her granddaughter in need, an act of charity and love that apparently Zadie's father was lacking.

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  3. Thelma's unconditional love for Zadie is inspirational . I am sad about Zadie's predicament, with her partner's apathy to being an involved parent.
    Really loving your story series .
    Love,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. I am thankful that Zadie has someone in her family that truly cares about her and her wellbeing. This will prove to be a blessing for Thelma too. I am also sad that the baby's father had no interest in being a part of it's life or the mother's. Not mature enough to be father, obviously. Thank you, Moon!

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  4. I have never understood the mentality to kick a girl out after she is pregnant.
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Me either, Barbara. If there was ever a time someone needs their parents love and support, this is it. I suspect threatening to kick them out of the house is a manipulation effort to try to force them to have an abortion. How tragic!

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  5. It's an all-to-common story now, and i think Thelma is making a good decision in a very difficult situation.

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    1. It is, Mimi, and such a sad one, so much heartache involved. Thelma is a blessing in offering to provide Zaidie the home and love she needs for her and her child, and an opportunity to continue with her education so they can have a good life.

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  6. I would never kick out a daughter if she was pregnant tome that is just wrong, a great story hope you know that

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    1. I agree with you Jo-Anne, it is beyond my understanding how you could do that to your own child.. and your own grandchild. I hope that in time they will come around once they get to meet the baby and see that Zadie is working hard to be a responsible parent. I'm glad you like my story!

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  7. I'm glad Thelma chose to support Zadie. Pregnancy is, anyway, full of a lot of emotional upheavals. And add to it an unwanted pregnancy, where the father doesn't want to be involved. It can be very stressing. Can totally break a person. The societal norms can be suffocating at times.

    Glad to connect with you during this AtoZ, Josie. Do visit mine sometime.
    Happy blogging!
    Chicky @ www.mysteriouskaddu.com

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    1. I agree, Chicky, so much to deal with at such a young age, and he parents surely aren't helping. Thelma is the kind of understanding Grandma everyone should have!

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  8. Thelma is very wise and forward thinking. I've also had those complications as a mother and also as a grandmother. Thankfully none of the parties involved thought that an abortion was an option .
    Very interesting. And a problem of always .
    By the way, thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog. I love it when I see that you have written something. It's always so uplifting.

    gramswisewords.blogspot.com

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    1. You are right, Maz, this problem has always been with us, it was just handled differently years ago. Either the couple got married (whether they wanted to or not), or the girl went away and had the baby which was put up for adoption. It is so much better when possible if the baby can be kept in the family, rather than livin a lifetime of regret. I don't consider abortion an option either, and I'm glad Thelma cared enough to offer Zadie and the baby a home. It is not an easy situation for anyone, but love must prevail.

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  9. I think Zadie's story would have had a much sadder end if it hadn't been for Thelma. What a caring grandmother.

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  10. Oh my, what hard choices and decisions for Thelma and her granddaughter. Unfortunately it is a decision that too many need to make these days. Hopefully we can all be as supportive and forgiving.

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