- LIVING ROOM
I don't understand why you have to leave town," Dr. Calvin Jackson said as
he sipped his coffee. "Naomi and I are both here, now, and...."
"And you know that my place is with Miss
Mary," Dorothea Jackson explained. "I'm her traveling companion
as well as her housekeeper. It's not like we're never coming back."
"Can't you at least put this trip off
for a few more days?" He took her hand into his and looked at her
earnestly. "Just so that I've got a little more time to get used to
the idea of not having you around all the time."
"You just want to talk me into getting
you stocked up with some of my cooking," she chided and then let out a
sigh. "We really can't. Our train leaves in an hour. I've
got to go."
he muttered with resignation. "If you've got to go, I guess that
there's not a lot I can do about it." Overly concerned, he looked her
dead in the eye. "Now, I want you two to be careful. Don't go
getting into any trouble."
"Trouble? Us?" She let
out a hearty laugh. "Now, pray tell, what kind of trouble can two old
women get into?"
"I see you've forgotten about what
happened that time in Savannah."
"You listen to me, young man," she
said firmly as she shook her finger in his face. "You know good and
well about what happened there."
"You two wound up in jail!"
"Now, I admit that I shouldn't have been
speeding, but that policeman was way out of line."
"Miss Mary slugged him!"
"That man was being rude and
fresh," she continued to explain calmly. "Besides, we're going
to the Catskills. What kind of trouble could we possibly get into?"
Calvin was more than a tad skeptical as he considered
what she was saying. "I guess...you're right.
But...just try to stay out of trouble."
promise." Dorothea smiled broadly and then put her arms around her
son so that she could give him a big hug. "Now, I want you to
remember that while I'm gone, I'm expecting you to keep an eye on your
sister. If you think I find trouble, she's the one who actually goes
looking for it."
"I can see where she gets it from,"
"Ah!" She shook her finger at
him again. "I'm certain that there's something going on with her that
she's not being completely honest with us about. I can't quite put my
finger on it, but I've got this feeling...."
"And I know all about your
feelings." He took another sip of his coffee as he thought about his
younger sister, Naomi. His mother was right. Naomi did have an
irritating knack for not only causing trouble, but for landing herself right in
the middle of it, as well. "I promise. I'll watch her like a
hawk and if I find out that she's up to something that's not right, I'll call
her on it."
"Good," Dorothea nodded.
"Now, I better get going. I've still got a few things to take care of
at the hotel before our train leaves."
"At least let me give you a
ride." He rose from the couch and put on his jacket.
"I've already got a cab waiting for me
outside," Dorothea explained as she followed him to the door.
"I've got to meet Miss Mary at the hotel and then we're off to the train
station. Besides, don't you have to be at the hospital in a little
bit? I can't have you being late for your shift on my account."
"Yes, ma'am," he sighed.
"Calvin, I love you," she smiled
and then kissed him on the cheek. "You get more and more like your
father every day."
"I love you, too, Mamma."
As he stood in the doorway, he watched his
mother as she turned and headed down the walk and then stepped into the waiting
cab. As it pulled away and drove out of sight, he thought about his
promise to her -- his promise to watch out for his sister. He had no doubt
that it would turn out to be a much harder job than it sounded.