Hattie thought at first it was going to be a lesson in German with Caitlin's mother on the computer. She chatted away as if she'd known them forever. Caitlin did favor her a good bit, but Hattie was sure Caitlin didn't want to know that. As it was, Caitlin hurried the live chat along as best she could.
Finally, she got to the letter from Timo's biological mother. It was a letter of apology. How she wished she could have taken care of him.
Hattie squeezed Timo's hand tight. She didn't believe his mom was a monster. She sounded as if she'd been on her own back then. She was young. No family.
He had a sister. Twelve years younger than him.
She almost laughed when she told him that a lot of people thought his little sister was her grandchild.
"She just wants you, to meet your little sister." Hattie smiled.
"There is no way in hell, I'm going to Germany." Timo said later as he got ready for work. He looked just as frustrated as before. Angry, she guessed.
"Don't be so hard on her, OK?" She looked him in the eye. She touched his slinder face as if he needed to stay calm if they were going to get through this. Just then the baby kicked. She smiled more. Timo did too.
She knew what they really needed to focus on was the baby. They now had the crib set up in the corner. The room was getting smaller, but she didn't care. This was home.