It was difficult to attend her friend’s baby shower. How could she be joyous when she had just lost her own? Little Chloe was delivered prematurely. Her little lungs were not mature enough for her to survive. Tina had sunk into a deep depression. This was her first social event. She begged Todd to come along. They were summoned upon arrival.

 “Jeff and I would like you to be Emily’s godparents.”

Gazing into exuberant faces, they pushed their grief aside.

            “We’d be happy to,” they replied, “if you’d be ours.”

            “Oh, my goodness! You’re pregnant?!”

            “Yes. It was confirmed today!”