Noreen lived hundreds of miles away from her daughter who was expecting a baby. The time was about now. Noreen would have liked to have been there but parents too often stick their noses in when not wanted. She had to let this young couple do things their way and on their own.
At the first hint of trouble she’d be in the car and off. Just in case, the car had been fully fuelled, and water and oil and tyres checked. She need only turn the car key and be off.
Noreen waited all morning next to the phone. Her phone was still landline. Why hadn’t she updated herself? She waited all afternoon next to the phone. She waited for a good deal of the evening, and then…
The phone went. It’s a boy! All are well! Noreen said, “I shall be there first thing tomorrow.”