Grandmother Geneva’s heart was failing. “How much longer do I have, Charles? I’d like to go back to Cousin Jean’s farm to spend what time I have left.”
Charles’s heart was breaking dreading Geneva’s loss, but he didn’t insult her by covering the truth. “Maybe three months to a year, but you’ll need someone with you. You don’t need to be alone.”
“I’ve already talked to Robert and Bessie. They’ve agreed to move in with me. Their youngest son and his wife and three babies live in the house with them and it’s bursting at the seams. Robert and Bessie would like to turn the farm over to them and take it a little easier. They’d love to stay on after I’m gone and keep the place up for Charley. Of course, hat’s Charley’s decision.” She still had a hard time saying him when referring to Charley.
“We’d all miss you, but I know you love that place. Robert and Bessie will take good care of you. We’ll be out to see about you every few days.” Charles told her. “They can do anything I’d do.”
“Then it’s settled. I’d like to go out as soon as you can take me. I’ll call Robert and Bessie to get ready,” she said. “and Charles, I’d like Charley and Ginny to spend as much time as possible with me. School let out yesterday.”
“I thought you might want that. I’ll let Cora know the plan. Would you like to go tomorrow? I’ll get all your medications refilled and instructions for Bessie,” said Charles.
“Another thing, Charles. You’ve grieved long enough for Ellen. You might think about marrying your lady friend. You’ve been seeing her long enough.” Geneva smiled at him m.
“Miss Geneva, we are fine the way we are. She doesn’t want to complicate her life any more than I want to complicate mine, but I appreciate your blessing. Ellen was all the wife I’ll ever need. You and Cora have picked up and helped my family so much. You’ll never know how much that means.” Tears came to his eyes.
“Charles, you are the best son a mother could want, even though Ellen picked you for me.”
“You couldn’t have been better to me if you’d carried me,” answered Charles. “We are fortunate to be family.”