“We’re gonna have a baby!”
“Wah you guys!!!”
“Well how do you like that!”
Shock! I was in total shock! Could it be? Already. Me a daddy? At first I couldn’t get anything to escape my lips. Sure in my head I was going “WOW! Really! Thats amazing!” But on the out side it was just me standing there with my mouth wide open.
Thankfully Symphony broke up my silence with an excited squeal.
“Wow that means I am gonna be an Auntie! That is so cool!”
Symphony may have been almost as excited as Honey was. Immediately she started talking to her tummy and giggling uncontrollably. She was as giddy as school girl…wait she is a…Oh never mind, you get what I mean.
“Hello! Little baby! I’m your Auntie. Can’t wait to meet you.”
Symphony’s cooing over Honey’s belly gave me just enough time to wrap my head around all the new information I was trying to process, once my head was clear, I hurriedly made my way over to her and wrapped my arms around her waste.
“Oh Sweetheart this is amazing! You’re gonna be a Mommy!”
“And you’re gonna be a Daddy.”
Daddy… This time I smiled at the thought of it. Yes, yes I was.
Mom was on the phone almost immediately, getting the good word out and planning a shower. She tried to explain the importance of the shower, but it sounded like a bunch a girl stuff and didn’t really make that much sense to me. Honey was awfully excited about it though, so I quickly fell in love with the idea.
Since Butterscotch had recently moved out and into a little place with Lime. (I know I was just as shocked!) Mom let us set up his old room into the nursery. Honey’s nesting phase was in full swing and she spent hours on end, preparing and re-preparing the little ones room.
“Everything has to be just right.”
“It will be.”
You know how they say pregnant women have this glow about them? Well its true!
I thought she looked beautiful on our wedding day, well amazingly she had even managed to surpass that.
Soon the shower was upon us and we had visitors and family all around. People I had not seen in years all coming out to see Honey’s baby bump. Most of who Honey had never even met before. That didn’t stop anyone from coming around to feel or talk to the baby though. You would have thought she had known them all forever.
Turned out that Honey and I were not the only ones expecting a new arrival. Auntie Persimmon and Uncle Dew were expecting their second child as well. I was begning to see what my mom was talking about. That baby shower was quite exciting! So much happiness and it spread quickly.
Everyone was in the best of moods. Tigra and Lime were even getting along, which was quite amazing. It seemed they had put their differences behind them, at least for the time being. I know Butterscotch and Mika were thankful for that.
And if you can believe it, Sunglow and his fiance Punchette even made it out! She was on break from her latest tour. (Pretty famous singer. I know Symphony almost fainted when she realized who she was.) Two visits in less than a year, it was almost a record!
Sunny did have a slight ulterior motive for coming out though. He still had not been able to have that talk with Mom that he so desperately needed.
“Hey Mom? Remember when I said I needed someone to talk to?”
“Uh, how about now?”
“Of course dear. Lets go inside.”
“Mom. I have done some bad things in my life. You know that.”
“Well there is one that you don’t know about.”
“While I was away, I kinda met this girl and well I sorta accidentally got her pregnant.”
“I know. I really messed up. Now I don’t know what do.”
“I tried to tell him what he should do, but I think this is one for Mommy if you know what I mean.”
“I see. Well are you helping to support this child?”
“No. I want to! But…”
“Dear if you feel you have wronged this girl, the only thing you can do is try rectify the situation. You were adult enough to conceive this baby, you need to be adult enough to help take care of it too.”
“Go to her and first off apologize for what you feel you did wrong. It may not fix the problem, but at least she will know. Second you sure as Berry better start helping support that baby one way or another.”
“I suppose you’re right, thanks Mom.”
“Sunny you crack me up! Is this not almost exactly what I said you should do.”
“Sometimes dear they just have to hear from their mothers mouth.”
Poor Mom. She had always been so kind with Sunny. Even though he treated her so awful when he was younger. I know she was thankful that none of the rest of us ever would have dreamed of talking to her that way. I know I never would have. No the rest of us were angels in comparison. Mika had been studying non stop for his finals. I swear those last few months of his senior year all he did was study.
Koda on the other hand was just the opposite. He never studied, but always ended up with almost the same grades. A fact that irked Mika to no end.
“How can he sit and play chess all day long and still get amazing grades!! Its just not fair!”
“Guess I’m just a genius.”
Before I knew it, it was time. Extremely early on a Saturday, Honey went into labor.
“Ahhh the baby’s coming!”
So…I kinda lost my cool, and started to spaz out. I was screaming and panicking something shocking, but amazingly somehow had the time to tweez from my phone that the baby was coming! Honestly I don’t even remember doing it.
I did finally manage to get her to the hospital, but in my hysteria I practically left her standing out side as I ran in. Thats when it dawned on me, nothing was going to be happening with out her, so I quickly ran back outside to help.
Later that afternoon, I proudly escorted my beautiful wife and our lovely daughter Olivine Bloom back home. My Life was officially perfect.
Sunglow Makes Amends~
As I got closer to the house, I felt like I was moving in slow motion. What the heck was I supposed to say to her. “Hey sorry for knocking you up and bailing?” Ya I’m sure that would just smooth things over real well. Gah I never was any good at that sharing and caring junk. It was like torture. Still nothing in my life had ever made me feel remorse until that. That pinnacle turning point in my life that made me actually grow a conscious.
As expected she was not very happy to see me.
“What do you want?”
“Strawberry I came her to…” Ughhh I just couldn’t say it.
“To what? Insult me and call me nasty names again. No thanks I think you have done enough of that already.”
“No. I came here to apologize to you. For the way I have treated you and for …well pretty much being a righteous berry-hole.”
uh oh, I knew that face all too well. That was the I’m gonna kill you if you don’t get off my porch look.
“Sunny. I don’t really care if you’re sorry. Saying you were nasty to me is almost a joke. You were down right cruel, and there is no way I am gonna let you come in here and apologize, thinking you can make it all magically go away.”
It was in that moment, that I realized just how much I had hurt her. It wasn’t the fact I was nasty that made me feel so guilty, it was the fact that I broken her heart and left her stranded pregnant with my child. Oh man I was a Berry Hole! Suddenly I was overtaken with an emotion I had yet to feel for many years. Suddenly I felt as if I could cry. What the berry was happening to me!
“Strawberry Dulce there is nothing I can do to take back what I did to you, but I want you to know, that I want to do what I can now to make it right. Please just give me a chance to do that. Please?”
Moments later she headed back in the house and door shut with a *slam* Great I thought to myself, but just as I was about to slink my way back home, the door opened again, and Strawberry emerged with a beautiful little girl in her arms.
“Well do you want to meet her?”
Strawberry handed her over and she instantly snuggled right up to me.
“Her name is Cloudberry. She looks just like you.”
Now its a well known fact that I really don’t like children, but the moment she looked into my eyes, I fell in love. She was the most beautiful baby in the world. Again waves of guilt and remorse washed over me.
This time though, I was unable to hold back the tears. If someone would have told me that one day I would be standing on a porch holding a baby and crying, I would have laughed until my sides ached, but sure as Berry, there I was.
“I’m sorry Sunny, but you need to leave now, and no I don’t think I want you around our daughter. You come around here acting like a new man, all understanding and sensitive, well I just don’t believe it. I’m sure you of all people can understand where my skepticism comes from.”
“You don’t have to worry about child support either. You are off the hook, free and clear, just like you wanted to be. Now if you excuse me, I have dinner to make. Goodbye Sunny.”
“Goodbye Strawberry. Goodbye *Slam* Cloudberry…”
I actually felt my heart hurt, and all because I was stupid. It was my fault things turned out the way they did. I made promise to myself right then and there to strive to be better person. Be a good husband to Punchy and who knows maybe we would have a child of our own one day. One day at time though. It was not going to be easy. Especially for me…
If you would like to learn more about what Sunny actually did to Strawberry, you can read it here. Sweet as Can Be