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  Posted: February 12, 2020      Views: 36

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Teen having a serious talk with mom
"Can We Talk? Part Two" by Patty Palmer

Sharon and her mother are sitting on the window seat in the dining room. Sharon has told her mother that her best friend, Dawn, is pregnant and doesn't know what to do. Her mother gave her sound advice. At the end of their conversation, Sharon admits to her mother that her friend, Dawn, really isn't pregnant. It's actually Sharon, herself who is pregnant.
Sharon: "Mom, I have one more thing to say.
Mom: ""Okay, shoot!"

Scene 1
Fade in: The living room at Sharon's home. Sharon and her mother are sitting on the window seat together.

Sharon: "It's not Dawn who's pregnant, Mom, it's me!"
Mom: "Huh? What? You're PREGNANT??"
Sharon: "Yes, Mom. I'm pregnant. Not Dawn.

Sharon's eyes begin to tear up and lowers her head in shame.
Mom sees her daughter shaking and beginning to cry. She looks scared. Even though this has caught her off guard and she has no idea how she is going to handle this news she thinks, "First thing's first! Sharon is my first priority right now!"
She moves to sit closer to Sharon, putting her arm around her and drawing her close.

Sharon looks at her mom and they are both crying. Holding each other, she lays her head on her mom's shoulder.

Fifteen minutes later. Finally, they are both cried out,

Mom: "Well, that was invigorating!" What shall we do now?"
Both begin to laugh. Then Mom looks at Sharon.
Mom: "So, you want to tell me about it?"

Sharon: I didn't know how to tell you and I was afraid you would be angry. That's why I told you that it was Dawn who's pregnant. Mom, I'm so sorry!! You've made sure my whole life that you taught me what was right and what was wrong. I knew it was wrong when Gary and I made love. I felt so strange and when it went further than it should have, I told him to stop! And he did. He apologized for letting things get out of hand. He looked so sad that he had almost hurt me. When he gently kissed me, I just wanted him to love me! I didn't think about right or wrong. It felt right. Afterward, we decided together that we wouldn't do it again until we know when it's really right. We thought everything would be okay if we just don't do it again. Then I noticed my period was late. Then it this month it didn't come either. So, I did a pregnancy test and it was positive. I did several more and they all turned out positive. Gary said we needed to tell our parents because he's not sure what to do either. He's scared you and daddy won't let us see each other anymore and he wants to be a part of the baby's life. A part of our life, me and the baby." So, that's what I needed to tell you."

The room is silent for a minute, while mom is devouring all this information. All mom knows is however she handles this, it will make the difference in the relationship between her and her daughter for the rest of their lives.

Sharon: "Mom, you don't hate me, do you? I'm so sorry!!"

Sharon begins to cry again.

Mom: (taking a deep breath) "Honey, of course, I don't hate you! You could never do anything that could make me hate you! I may not be happy at times, but never could I hate you."

Mom sighs deeply getting her thoughts together.

Mom: "Well, what's done is done. There's no sense getting angry with you. What good would that do? Besides, do you remember when we had 'the talk' and what I told you about getting pregnant?"

Sharon: "Yeh, I remember. You told me that if it ever did happen that I got pregnant I should never be afraid to come home and tell you. That's the reason I felt I could tell you today. I was scared, but I also knew you and daddy would be here for me even if you were mad."

Hugging Sharon tight and looking into her face:
"Honey, I'm glad that you were comfortable enough to tell me. I would have been really upset if I thought for one minute that you were afraid of me."

Mom smiling into Sharon's eyes.

Mom: "You know I remember bringing this sweet little baby home sixteen years ago. You were totally adorable! I couldn't get enough of you. One night sitting in that rocking chair, giving you your bottle, and singing you to sleep I made a vow to you. I vowed to always do my very best to protect you and give you all the love I had. I told you that there was no mountain you and I couldn't climb together. There would never be anything we couldn't face together. I meant it that night and I still mean it today. You know there was another teenager who found herself in this very situation. She didn't know what to do either. She decided that her baby needed a good home with lots of love. That teenager was your birth mother. She loved you enough to let me be your mom!"

Mom: "Now, there are things you'll have to do. Doctor's visit for prenatal care. Everything you do to your body you do to your baby's body. After you think about it, we can talk about what you plan to do. And just because we adopted you, doesn't mean that I am going to try and force you to give up your baby for adoption."

"And you can tell that boyfriend of yours that I would think less of him if he didn't want to be a part of his child's life. Tell him one day next week we'll have his family over for dinner and we can handle this together. After all, the baby will be their first grandchild too."

Sharon: "I know there are options but one thing I will promise you, mom, I will not even consider having an abortion."

Mom: That's my girl! I know that's the one thing you wouldn't do!"

Mom hugging Sharon in a bear hug. "I love you, baby!"
Sharon: "I love you too mom!"

End Scene

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Author Notes
Several reviewers commented on wondering how the mother took the news that it was her daughter that was pregnant and not her friend as she had told her. I based on how the mother would handle this by the experience my mother told me. To not be afraid to tell her anything! My mother didn't want us to be afraid if something like that happened. Which never happened to me or my sister. But I knew that if anything no matter what it was I knew I could always go to her for help and understanding.
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