Everything for a Reason
by Brenda Roberts
Connie and Claudette were sitting in the small break
room/conference room behind the main lobby of the
office. Claudette had brought a small gift for June's
baby. It was amazing the compassion that she had
shown since finding out what was going on in Connie's
home life. She had actually covered for Connie a
couple of times when Connie was at the
now weekly doctors visits.
Two weeks had passed and Connie had found a
pediatrician and had been taking June to Lamaze
classes. June thought it a big game to "breathe
funny" and roll on the floor.
"Last night was June's last class wasn't it?"
Claudette asked as she handing Connie a large package
wrapped in Pokemon paper.
"Oh June is going to love this package!" Connie
exclaimed before answering the question. "Yes last
night was the last night for the 'breathing funny
games,' I just hope when the time comes that June will
remember how to do the breathing."
While they were in the break room, all three of the
partners came in with packages of varying sizes.
Claudette excused herself to watch the office for a
few moments. The other secretaries from the floor
came in and brought a small baby shower cake and the
tall redheaded Katie came in and handed Connie an
envelope filled with cash and coupons for baby items
like diapers and formula.
"We know that June is the one having the baby
physically, but the baby is going to be yours in a
greater sense and we wanted you to know that you have
friends here that you can turn to if you need help.
You'll find in that package of coupons some hand
written ones -- each of us have given you a night off
coupon and we will come to your house and take June to
a movie, or bring some movies and games and watch June
and the baby to give you a break."
Connie looked at each of them in turn with an awed
expression and suddenly the dam of emotions broke and
she shed the tears that she had been holding in for so
long. She managed a whispered "Thank you all" before
jumping up and running for the bathroom.
Teresa Williams and Tabitha Jones, two of the three
partners followed her to the bathroom a few minutes
later. Teresa said "Connie, while you are here alone
we have some things to discuss with you."
Tabitha Jones stood with her back against the door to
prevent anyone walking in on the discussion. She
always looked so grim that many of the clients were
reluctant to have her represent them. "Connie,"
Tabitha's soft voice belied the Amazonian image she
projected. "We have a court hearing coming up. The
young man's lawyer has requested it be held within the
next two weeks. We know that will be about the time
June is in the hospital and will not be
able to be there. Nor will you."
Teresa interjected. "If you will agree, we have
prepared a temporary power of attorney, limited to
representing June and you in court in case it isn't
"What are they thinking!" Connie expelled an
exasperated breath. "Are they trying to make it more
"Tab and I will handle them, you don't let this worry
you." Teresa smiled at Connie. "Madeline is going
down to file the papers as soon as we have your okay.
Since she is your direct boss it wouldn't be ethical
for her to handle it personally, but there is nothing
saying we can't."
Tabitha handed a draft of the limited power of
attorney papers to Connie and said "Come on Tessa,
lets let her have a few minutes to digest this and
we'll go eat that cake that Katie's group brought."
Connie looked after them and smiled through the
remainder of the tears that threatened to fall. All
this time of feeling alone and she, for the very first
time, she felt like she had friends. She had a
to be continued...
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