Today is the day that the new Tippett baby is due to arrive. However, if past experience holds true, it will probably be a little while before we meet this little person. First of all, it seems that tradition dictates that a series of mishaps and inconveniences must occur in the Tippett household to make way for a new child—things like a round of flu, a root canal, or plumbing problems. The difficulties preceding this child began when the household went two days without water and Papa had to work furiously at the pump house. Then Anna Mae fell at a swim party and broke two bones in her wrist. Next, Gianna fell ill to a strange malady that had her throwing up all night and running a fever of 102. Today, Andrea the midwife, leaves for four days to go to a wedding in Wisconsin. (Dodie, who delivered the other 5 kids, has retired but she agreed to be on call as the backup while Andrea is gone.)
So not today, little one. The space for you is almost ready but not quite yet. How about next week, say the 24th or 25th. Dearma would like the 25th because there are already 2 children born on the 25th of the month (April and July) and that would make your birth date a little easier for her to remember. We trust you will know the perfect time to arrive.