Chapter 18

When they had finished the delicious homemade pie and ice cream Josephine sent AJ and Adele into the kitchen to do dishes. AJ was about to protest when his mother gave him 'that' look and he knew it was time for Grace's sex talk. Grace said, "Maybe Adele and I could do the dishes. Father always did say it was women's work."

Yanking the protesting Adele with him AJ explained what was going on when they got into the kitchen. He had to stop Adele from going back and assisting in the talk.

Asking Grace to join her on the front porch swing, Josephine explained that she wanted to have a talk with her. Being able to read people because of the work she did, Grace realized that Josephine wanted to talk to her about how to make a baby. AJ must have told her that she was clueless, and Grace blushed in embarrassment.

Once settled on the porch swing, Josephine tenderly looked at the young girl sitting next to her, "Grace," she began, "AJ told me that you had never been told the facts of life, or at least what you had been told was…well…somewhat inaccurate."

"Yes, Ma'am, my mother died when I was very young and my father thought it was inappropriate to talk about such things," replied Grace.

"Well, my mother didn't have this conversation with me until my wedding night, but in this day and age it seems that young girls need to know before then. Not that I'm saying you might be promiscuous, but you should at least know what kind of touching will lead to babies, instead of what you've been told in the past."

"I appreciate you taking the time to explain all this to me. You have opened up your home to me and made me feel a part of your family."

"Well, my dear, I have a feeling that if AJ has his way, you might someday actually be a part of this family," smiled Josephine.

Stunned Grace asked, "Do you think he has those kinds of feeling for me already?"

"No, my dear…I know he does," replied Josephine. "I know my son very well and I'm sure he has fallen in love with you."

"I think I'm beginning to fall in love with him too."

"How do you feel about the fact that he is a divorced man?" she asked.

"I feel so sorry that he can't be with his daughter whom he loves so very much. But, as for the divorce, it doesn't look like he had much choice."

"No, but I was just wondering how your father might feel, if you were to become involved with a previously married man."

"I would hope that he would understand and approve, but in the end it really is my choice."

"Well then, we should probably get back to our original discussion. How much do you know about the sex act itself?"

"Father said that I shouldn't let a boy touch or kiss me because it leads down the road to hell and damnation."

Trying to keep from laughing Josephine told her, "If kissing could cause babies then the world would be way more populated than it is."

"Then I'm glad that it doesn't, because AJ has already kissed me six times," she replied shyly.

Josephine thought back to the days when she could still count the number of times she had been kissed. "Grace, as much as I'd like to tell you that the love making act only happens between married people, I'm sure that in this day and age, you know that isn't true. I'll tell you what I told my own daughter, though, as much as I would wish for you to wait until you were married, if you can't, you should at least be with someone you love very deeply."

"It would be sin to make love before I was married," Grace said.

"Grace, that is something that you must use your own judgment on when the time comes," Josephine told her. "Now the first time that you are with a man it will hurt just a little bit no matter how gentle and tender he is. Your virginity is something you can only give once, and if you give it to the right man, it will be a gift he will treasure all your life together."

To be continued…..