Things had almost calmed down with the Camp Lee incident before Ben came home and announced he was married to a young woman named Cindy Brunson. The entire family was up in arms about it. Erin was sitting at the breakfast table with Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, John Curtis, and Jim Bob when Ben and Cindy walked through the front door to the table.
"Good morning." Cindy said in her cheerful way.
"Morning." Mary Ellen said with a nod and then put a spoon up to John Curtis's mouth. Elizabeth looked at her and smiled.
"Is there any breakfast left?" Ben asked with a smile.
"I'm sorry Ben, but Daddy's already out at the mill and Jason's already left for the Dew Drop, then there was the four of us." Erin started to say. Ben walked over to the pan on the stove. He picked up the spoon and slammed it down.
"You knew we were here! Why didn't you leave us any breakfast?" Ben exclaimed and hit the stove with his hand.
"Ben." Cindy said trying to calm him down. Ben looked at Cindy.
"Come on Cindy. It's obvious we aren't wanted around here." Ben stated. He grabbed Cindy's hand and they walked towards the front door.
"Ben!" Mary Ellen exclaimed as she stood up, but Ben ignored her. The door slammed behind them.
"What's his problem?" Elizabeth asked.
"I'm not sure." Erin stated.
"Ben probably still thinks that we haven't accepted Cindy; but that's not it. Ben has a lot of issues Elizabeth." Mary Ellen replied. Erin stood up and walked over and put her bowl in the sink.
"Well Mary Ellen, I have to leave for the defense plant. Can you handle everything here?" Erin asked. Mary Ellen looked over at her from feeding John Curtis.
"Yeah, I'm pretty sure that I can. Elizabeth can pretty much take care of herself now." Mary Ellen replied and then looked at John Curtis. "Here you go John Curtis. Take a bite." Elizabeth stood up and walked over to Erin. She put her hand on Erin's shoulder.
"You go, and don't worry about Ben. Maybe I can talk to him and Cindy. I was the one who got Yancy and Sissy back together." Elizabeth said with a smile. She was referring to the time she used the Baldwin Sisters' Papa's law books to be Yancy's lawyer and ended up getting them back together instead of separating. Erin put her hand on Elizabeth's hair.
"You are wise Elizabeth, very wise." Erin paused. "Well I guess I should be going." Erin walked across the living room and walked out the front door. Jason was pulling up in front of the house. "Jason! What are you doing here?" Erin asked. Jason jumped out and walked over to her.
"Hey Erin. I'm off for today. Now I have to go into Rockfish. Do you need anything?" Jason asked.
"A ride to the defense plant would be nice." Erin paused. "What are you doing off so early?"
"They said that not very many people were coming in. They asked me to come back later. So I guess when they really need me is when I'll be playing the piano." Jason smiled. Erin climbed into the car and they rode together into Rockfish.
"You should have heard Ben complaining today. There is just no pleasing him." Erin stated with her arms crossed.
" It's just because he's trying to get used to being married and everything Erin. That's all." Jason said.
Erin was laying on the bed several hours later writing in her diary.
"Dear Diary. Ben was such a pain today. He comes home and tells all of us that he is getting married and now we are the one with the problem. I don't know why he's acting like this." Erin paused and there was a knock on the door.
"Come in." Erin said. The door opened and Cindy quietly walked in and closed the door. "Hi."
"Hi." Cindy sighed. "I have already apologized to Mary Ellen and Elizabeth. I wanted to say how truly sorry I am for Ben's behavior lately. He shouldn't have done all of that." Erin sat up on the bed.
"It's alright Cindy. Really. Ben can just get like that sometimes. He doesn't really mean anything by it." Erin stated.
"Okay, I just wanted to make sure you weren't mad at me." Cindy replied. Erin got up and hugged her. Then they sat down on the bed.
"I'm not mad at you." Erin hugged her new sister-in-law. Cindy smiled.
"Well, Elizabeth and I were going to watch John Curtis for Mary Ellen; I better go." Cindy stood up, smoothed her hair and her dress and walked out of the room. Erin went back to her journal. She sighed before she picked up the pen again.
"I really do like Cindy. She's nice enough. I just wish Ben would have given us enough time to get to know her. Mama and Daddy sure weren't happy with the idea. Especially with Ben running off and not telling anybody. I'm sure Mama thought the worst about that. Well, Cindy seems to be adjusting okay even though she grew up in Washington so she doesn't know how to do a lot of the chores that we do on the farm. Other than that I know Ben picked the best girl out there for himself. I just hope that she can deal with everything that he can give out. As his sisters Mary Ellen, Elizabeth and I have learned to deal with it. But we didn't choose to live like this like she did." Erin looked out the window from her bed. "Well, it's getting late, I have to be going there are evening chores that need done around here. I'm going to go downstairs and see if Mary Ellen needs help with the dishes or if Elizabeth would like a reprieve from John Curtis for a while."
Erin closed her journal and put it into its special place and then walked out of the room closing the door behind her.