FAMILY OF THREE

Daily Chuck went on job interviews for his perfect career job. Eagerly, Jalene awaited Chuck’s return from the interviews so they could resume their search for a new home. Fortunately, they located an apartment only days after their Oklahoma return. It was an older, but charming two bed room apartment, having a room for their new addition, now only days from arrival.  They signed a year’s lease as they believed they would be residing in Oklahoma City close to Chuck’s parents. Because Chuck had always had a close relationship with his parents and especially his mother, Jalene believed he was unwilling to look for a job outside the Oklahoma City area.

Jalene had no ties to Oklahoma since she had been born in OH and still called the buckeye state home. However, Jalene’s current primary focus was on delivering a healthy baby. Even though she preferred residing in another city, so she and Chuck could establish their lives as a new family, she realized they would most probably remain in Oklahoma City.

Jalene was in astonishment when Chuck announced he had located a potential job, but it was 100 miles from Oklahoma City. The company was interested in personally interviewing him and also invited Jalene to accompany Chuck on the drive to the interview. While Chuck was interviewed, Jalene sat in the receiption area of the oil company, pondering what their future might be.

Their first three years of marriage had not been as Jalene had hoped and dreamed. Their conflicts and arguments were frequent. Also, Chuck’s actions of being cold and distant toward Jalene had remained constant.  Nonetheless, she was reminded often of her pastor’s words, “she had taken a vow before the Lord to be Chuck’s wife and she must remain.”  She was now going to be the mother of his child, so she desired only that their marriage could be a blessed and happy one.

If Chuck were offered this job, would Chuck become more content with his life?  As a result, would he treat her with the love and respect she desired as his wife? Her thoughts were abruptly interrupted when Chuck returned to her side. As they walked to the car, he informed her, he had been offered the job.

When the company realized their baby was due in less than 2 weeks, they agreed Chuck could move to Enid as soon as the baby was born. For Chuck and Jalene could this be the beginning of a new life for them? It certainly appeared to be a new chapter in their life’s story.

Chuck and Jalene had never owned furniture for the first three years of their marriage. They had resided in furnished apartments. Now that Chuck had been offered a job, they realized they could purchase a few basic necessities to establish their new home.  Meager purchases of a sofa, one chair, an occasional table, a bedroom dresser and a kitchen dinette set seemed like the beginning of a dream for them. Chuck’s parents had given him his childhood bed, which was one less item they were required to purchase. Though diminutive in quantity, their furniture was an abundant blessing.

While living on the base in Georgia, they had purchased a baby crib at the commissary. Due to limited finances, they were unable to purchase some of the other baby accessories. However, because it was 1972 there were far less baby furnishings and accessories than today’s babies are provided. Jalene realized after being reared on government commodities that it didn’t take a lot to make an apartment “a home.” She was eager to begin housekeeping for their family of three.

At that moment in time, life was grand for Chuck and Jalene. Chuck had been hired in the accounting department of an oil company in Enid, OK. Even though they had settled into an apartment in Oklahoma City, they would now leave to begin a new adventure. They would soon have a baby and career in a new city.

Within days of Chuck’s job offer, Jalene went into labor. She awakened at 3:00 a.m. March 15. 1972, experiencing pain. After telephoning her obstetrician, he informed her she would soon be a mom. She and Chuck arrived at the hospital within the hour. After validating Jalene was in active labor, they registered her as a patient in the obstetric ward.

After Jalene stepped upon the scale, both she and her nurse were in astonishment that she weighed one pound less than the day her pregnancy was confirmed. Her lengthy illness during the pregnancy had been an unexpected weight loss program. However with her height and slight build, she had not desired to lose weight. Now her prayer was for a healthy baby and delivery.

As the day and night wore on, Jalene’s delivery was not going as expected. Her obstetrician made numerous visits to check her progress. She was in labor, but the little addition was choosing to delay entry into the world.  The next day when Jalene was taken into the delivery room, Dr. Perry cited the rationale for the hindered arrival. “Little one” was posterior (face up); not the customary “face down” position. With each contraction “little one” retrieved back into the birth canal. This caused a longer and more painful delivery. After over 27 hours of labor, “she” arrived.

Please continue the journey as Jalene and Chuck became a family of three.

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