"I'll get it." Mona said rising and opening the door. Standing at the door was their mail carrier George.
"Good morning Ms Bower! Mrs Robinson!"
"Good morning." Angela returned.
"Good morning George." Mona greeted him. "It looks like you have some packages for us."
"I sure do!"
"Oh good. These must be my presents for Nicky." Angela exclaimed. She got off her chair and examined the packages. "Yes, that is what they are."
"Did you buy out the store dear? I mean I know he's turning three in a few weeks but come on!"
Angela shrugged. "He's my first grandchild. If I want to spoil him it's my right. She felt a little shiver at her words. Technically she wasn't his grandmother. If she had married Tony she would have been his step-grandma but now Theresa would have that honor when she married him. But she had always loved Sam like a daughter and she loved her son as a grandchild. So no matter what Nicky would always be her first grandchild.
"Well have a good day ladies!"
"You too George!"
He left as Sam was coming in. They greeted each other and Sam entered the kitchen chuckling at all the packages.
"Angela you are going to spoil him!"
"I know. I just couldn't help myself."
"So where is the little whirlwind?" Mona asked.
"He's spending the day with Joe and Fran. I came over to see how you are doing Angela." Sam said sitting down at the table. Angela and Mona joined her.
"Me? I'm fine. I'm a little tired but.."
"Angela, I know that you know about Dad marrying Theresa." Sam said gently.
Angela sighed. "Okay so I'm not fine. But what can I do? I was the one who walked away from him."
"That may be true but I know you still love him. And I know this must be hurting you."
Angela rubbed her hands over her face. She was hurt. But she had brought it all on herself. Tony was getting married and that was that.
"Yeah, I am hurt. But I have no one to blame but myself. I mean I couldn't expect him to carry a torch for me forever could I? He's to loving and passionate for that." She got up and went over to the cupboard that held the glasses. She got one out and went over to the refrigerator and got out the pitcher of orange juice. She poured herself a glass and put the pitcher away. A wave of nausea swam over her. She grasped the counter and breathed deeply. This had been happening to much lately. She hadn't been feeling well for awhile. She had chalked it up to work stress and maybe that was all it was. But something felt off. Maybe she should ask Isabelle to give her an exam. It was probably nothing but better safe than sorry.
Mona and Sam noticed her grasping the counter and glanced at each other mirrored expressions of worry and sadness on their faces. Their hearts went out to her.
"Angela, are you okay?" Sam asked.
Angela plastered a smile on her face. She turned around. "Yeah, I'm okay."
"Well you looked a little sick there for a moment." Mona observed.
Angela walked over to the table and sat back down. "I'm fine. I think it's just the shock of the news. "
"Yeah, it is pretty shocking." Mona lamented. She was torn over the news. On the one hand she always had hope that Tony and Angela would get back together. On the other hand she loved Tony and wanted him to be happy. If he were truly happy with this Theresa woman then she would be happy for him. Her heart went out to her daughter though. This must be so hard for her! She couldn't imagine the person you were in love with marrying someone else. Unfortunately though that was exactly what was happening.
"I know. I was stunned when Dad called and told me." Sam sighed and remembered that day.
She had just put Nicky down for his nap when she had heard the phone ringing. She hurried to answer it before the noise woke him up. She breathlessly said "Hello" into the receiver.
"Sam honey? Are you okay."
"Dad? Yeah, I'm fine I just ran to answer the phone because I just put Nicky down for his nap."
"Oh, sweetheart I'm sorry!"
"It's okay Dad. So what's up? How are things going?"
Tony cleared his throat. "Well I have some news."
"Oh? Ummm good or bad?"
"Good. But surprising."
"Okay. Well let's hear it."
"I asked Theresa to marry me and she said yes."
Sam was taken aback. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. While she did like Theresa she had always held out hope that Angela and her Dad would patch things up. Now hearing this news she knew that that was never going to happen.
"Sam honey are you still there?"
"Yeah, I'm just in shock. I mean I am happy for you. I just…"
"Yeah, I know. You're thinking about Angela aren't you?"
"I am. I can't help it."
Tony sighed. "I know. I mean if she were getting married I would be upset."
"She is going to be devastated."
"Yeah. She will be. Which is why I need to be the one to tell her."
"That will probably be best."
"Yeah so I have some time off in a couple of weeks. If it's okay I can come out and stay with you?"
"That's fine. Nicky will be so happy to see you."
"And I can't wait to see your new house!"
"So see you in few weeks?"
"Yep. Well I have to go Sam."
"Congratulations. And tell Theresa congratulations too."
"Will do. Good bye Honey."
Sam shook herself out of the memory. She glanced at Angela who looked lost. She reached over and squeezed her hand. Angela smiled at her softly.
"So tell us about this woman. How did they meet?" Mona inquired.
"Her name is Theresa. Candy introduced them. They met when Dad got his award for Outstanding New Teacher Of The Year."
"I see. So this was a blind date sort of thing?" Mona asked.
"No, actually Dad told Candy that he wasn't ready. And when we got to the banquet he didn't seem interested or anything. I mean he was polite and talked with her. But that was all. I guess though over time they got to know one another and well we all know what happened."
Angela felt a tear trickle down her cheek. Mona noticed and handed her a napkin. Angela nodded her thanks and wiped her eyes.
"Angela do you remember when I was in High School and Dad had that work study program for the PTA?"
"Yeah, I do." Angela smiled at the memory.
"And I was well let's just say it I was a brat and thought you liked Bonnie more than me."
"And I said that I do like Bonnie but I love you,"
Sam nodded. "Yep. and that is how I feel about you and Theresa. I do like her. She's a nice person but I love you Angela."
"I love you too Sam." Angela reached over and put her arms around her.
"What about me?" Mona jokingly asked.
Angela and Sam looked at each other and grinned.
"Eh you'll do!" Sam winked at her.
"Hey pal o' mine!"
"Yeah, it's me."
"How are you?"
"I'm good. How is school going?"
Tony cleared his throat. "Actually Jonathan there is a reason I called."
"Is everything alright?"
"Yeah. I just wanted to call you and tell you that I'm getting married."
"Married?" Jonathan was astonished. Tony was getting married?! What about his Mom? Tony was supposed to be with his Mom! He wasn't supposed to be marrying someone else. He realized how childish he was being but he always had this hope that they would get back together. But now….
"I know it's a shock. I just thought you should know."
"Yeah, it is. But hey congratulations!"
"Ummm does Mom know?"
"She does. I told her yesterday. I'm actually in Brooklyn now visiting the guys."
"I see" Jonathan sighed. "So how did it go with Mom?"
Tony sighed as well. "Well not so good. She was in shock and hurt which is to be expected. I mean if she were the one getting married I would feel the same."
"But, I also know that she would give me the courtesy of telling me and so I knew I had to do the same."
"You're right. Ummm I need to go now Tony."
"Okay! Bye Pal!"