About sixteen years earlier…
Katherine Ann squirmed in her mother’s arms after her feeding. She was restless and nothing washelping to put her down for the night. It was half past eleven and the next day would be long if the babydidn’t get to sleep. Three-week-olds needed their rest and her mother and aunt needed to begin correctiveactions. If things were even correctable.She was a beautiful daughter and her mother was elated to finally have a little girl. “What am Igoing to do with you?” Her mother teased with a personal underlying angst. “We shouldn’t have run off.The family must be wondering where we are. Eric most of all, he named you.” The baby grinned her toothless smile as her mom’s fingers gently circled her wispy tresses.Eric was the youngest of the twins and since Matt named Brian it was only fair that Eric namedtheir sister. Especially considering he knew she was a girl before anyone. Even after Ron explained to hissons that there hadn’t been a daughter born to the Thomas family in countless generations Eric insisted andwanted to name her Katherine Ann. Katherine after Katharine Hepburn having just seen
Bringing Up Baby
and Ann after his favorite grandmother, the same one that had him watching old black and white movies atthe age of four. He magnanimously allowed her to be Kate for short.Stretching her small torso Kate shuttered from exhaustion but stubbornly stayed awake. “What’staking Auntie so long?” No one in the family dillydallied and the list for the market was short; diapers,food, diapers, coffee and more diapers.Kate fussed but didn’t cry. She curled her little hand around her mother’s index finger. Latentskills didn’t materialize until the late teens, sometimes early twenties. Of course all parents found glimpsesof things to come in their children and Kate was no different unless you counted that it was more obviousthan usual. Living in close quarters for two trimester and almost one month with her two exceptionallyempathetic relatives boosted the signals.Having reinforced insights to Kate’s mood made her care easier than her three brothers who hadthe same advantage at weakened levels. Sandy and Sara both agreed it was due to the baby empathizingwhich compounded with their empathy. And Kate drew people to her like no other newborn. Strangerswere enchanted at first site and eager to assist the sisters with bags, buggy and doors.