June's Place


Winter had shown it ugly head in Hammond. The wind seemed to go right through the thickest coat. Kelsey hurried to June’s Place to get out of the freezing cold. She remembered the first time she went to June’s place and how she could not believe June ran the place by trust. In Nobel, it would be unheard of.

Coming to Hammer was an eye-opening experience for Kelsey. She immediately loved the small town and the closeness of community, so unlike what she was used to. Her friend, Sarah brought her home from college to meet her family and she fell in love with the place. Sarah wanted nothing more than to move from Hammer while Kelsey wanted to stay. Now three years later, she was still here and never tired of the community. Sarah had a job with a big lawyer in Nobel and was so happy. Kelsey was happy for her but she knew would never want to move to a city again.

Kelsey reached June’s and opened the door. A strong gust of wind knocked the door out of her hand. She smiled, so much for going in unnoticed.

Everyone looked up to see who was making all the noise. Kelsey’s face red from the cold and even redder now. June smiled and motioned her to come and sit. Kelsey almost ran to the table. She pulled out the chair and almost missed it entirely when she turned to sit. That was all it took, everyone got a big laugh out of that. Kelsey had to laugh. She shook her head and said, “Now, that you all know I am here you may continue what you were doing.” Another hearty laugh followed. Everyone went back to drinking coffee.

June laughed with Kelsey. “Hey, you must be in a big hurry today.”

Kelsey shook her head. “No, I was just so very cold and wanted to get inside to warm up. I did bring the yellow booties I made for Jane’s baby. I wanted to get your opinion.”

June opened the box and lifted out the tiny booties. “Oh Kelsey, they are precious. You really outdid yourself. I have the sweater and cap done. This will be a wonderful gift for our new mother to be. With the shower being this Sunday after church, we need to get together with the women and see what they are serving. I am really excited about this shower.”

Kelsey smiled wide, “Oh yes, so am I. I just know that Jane will be so excited.”

June shook her head as she spoke, “Do you think the ladies will have everything done in three days?”

Kelsey laughed. “If not, they will make everyone believe it is done. Think I shall walk over to the church and see if they could use some help.”

“You go ahead Kelsey. I am going to invite Jane’s Mom to church and the party afterward. The ladies may have forgotten to do this so I will take care of it.”

Kelsey stopped. “June, do you think that is a good idea? I mean her Mom is bitter and hateful since her husband took of ten years ago.”

“Yes little one, a very good idea indeed: Jane needs her Mom’s support and her Mom needs to be there when her first grandchild is born. Now be on your way and help the ladies at the church.”

Kelsey wondered if it was a good idea as she walked to the church. She went inside and Mrs. Burns put her right to work. Kelsey never thought anymore of Jane’s Mom for the women kept her busy. A few hours later, they all stepped back to see how everything looked. A sigh of satisfaction came forth from each of them. The hall looked great. After cleaning up the hall, they all walked out of the church together. Kelsey listens as they talked and talked. Yes, the job was finished.

Kelsey walked on as the women got into their cars and waved goodbye. She went to her bookstore to get some picking up done. The first year she opened the doors at the bookstore she wondered if she made a mistake. She began to add unique little gifts more customers came in. She hired a high school girl to help on the weekends. Everything was going well now.

Sunday came around quickly. A cold northwest wind was wickedly cold as she walked to church. June had called and told her she would meet her at church. The church was not large, another good reason Kelsey loved it. The Pastor was a wonderful man with a small family of his own. He cared about everyone and the congregation knew that.

The church was full. Kelsey looked around for June but she was not there. She sat down in the back row and greeted some of the people. A stirring in the church caused her to look back and walking in the door was June with Jane and her Mother. The shock on people’s faces told the whole story.

Kelsey moved over so they could sit with her. Jane gave her a sweet smile. Her mother was obviously nervous; she sat down, putting her head down.

Praise and worship was wonderful and the Spirit of God filled the church. Pastor’s message was on love and it was a perfect message for today. He gave an alter call for those who wanted to make Jesus their Savior. Jane was crying hard as she walked to the front of the church. Her Mother followed close behind. The angels in heaven were rejoicing. The church was rejoicing. What a wonderful service this was. Tears ran freely. What a blessing!

The service ended. Pastor talked with Jane and her Mom as they both cried freely. Jesus was now their Savior and they knew He loved them.

The Baby shower was to start in an hour so Kelsey, Jane and May went into the fellowship hall. June hugged both of them. In no time the hall and the shower started. Jane received so many wonderful things for her baby. She was touched. A man walked over to June and talked to her. She nodded.

Two men walked in with a wooden baby cradle. It was beautiful. They said that they felt led to do this for Jane and they did it. Jane still crying could only nod saying thank you.

The pastor prayed and all started to eat the goodies.

June noticed Jane bending over and holding her side. She walked over to her, asking everything was all right. Jane shook her head. “No, June, I have bad pain in my stomach. Is something wrong with my baby?”

“No, Jane, your baby has decided to come and introduce himself today. We need to get you to the hospital.”

Everyone was excited as Jane and May left for the hospital. June and Kelsey followed in their car.

After 5 hours, Jane had a baby boy; he weighted 6 lb. 7 oz. Both mother and son were all right and grandma, she was smiling and crying at the same time. Jane named her son, Peter James Wright.

Kelsey and June left the hospital. They went to June’s place and made a pot of coffee.

Kelsey looked at June and said, “Can you believe all that has happened today? This has been a glorious day. I have no doubt that Jane, Peter, and May will be just fine.”

“Oh yes, little one, God had His plan all along. It is when man puts his two cents in the plan goes in a different direction. Let us thank God for all His gifts to us everyday and thank Him for that the angels in heaven are rejoicing.’

Kelsey took June’s hand, they bowed gave thanks to the Lord God Almighty.

Sharon Niese Sniese3@roadrunner.com

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