Treasure Chest Thursday: Baby Announcement

Gilbert Cayetano Huesca (1915 – 2009)
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987)

About a month after my parents were married, my mother, Joan Huesca, went to the doctor and learned to her great delight that she was expecting their first child.   

(In fact, my mother preferred the term “expecting” a baby to being “pregnant,” a term she felt was too clinical and did not suggest the bliss and anticipation that happy new parents feel when they are awaiting the birth of their child.)

She decided to announce the blessed event to my father, Gilbert Huesca, in a special way.  That evening, she greeted him with big kiss and hug and escorted him to the table, where she had prepared a candlelight dinner of steak, mashed potatoes, and green peas. On the steak she had arranged parsley flakes in the shape of letters that read, “I Love You.” 

Next to my father’s plate was an envelope that read, “Application for Credit.”   My father looked at her quizzically and slowly opened the envelope.  As he read the enclosed “application,” tears of joy came to his eyes.  He realized this was a very special expression of my mother’s love for him – and her grand announcement to him that they were about  to start a family.


My mother, Joan Huesca, taped this form into a scrapbook she dedicated to my father. Below it, she pasted a pair of lovebirds, cut out from an old Christmas greeting card.

                                           Date:  My Lifetime
                                 Name of Co. or Individual:        Joan Huesca
                                 Street:    Wherever you are      City:      Heaven
                                 State:      of Happiness               Phone:  Your heart
                                 Line of Business or Profession:   Loving you
                                  If  Incorporated, Name of   (1) President:     You
                                                                                     (2) Treasurer:   Baby
                                                                                     (3) Secretary:    
                                   If Partnership, Name of Partners:   Gilbert Huesca
                                   Location of Home Office:                  Your arms
                                   Bank Reference:               My love for you
                                   Business:           Taking care of my darling husband
                                   Business:               ”          ”      “   our baby
                                   REMARKS:   I love you
                                    Name of person taking application:
                                    Received at Office:         Sherman Hotel 
                                    Investigated:                   Since August 19, 1955
                                    Disposition:                    Happy State


The form has special meaning to me, as I was that first child – the “honeymoon baby” they were expecting.  

Although my parents’ deep love for one another was never a secret to anyone who knew them, least of all their children, every time I look at treasures like this, I still marvel at just how blessed I was to be one of their children.  I will always thank God for having been born to two people who were so in love and so devoted to one another.  

Copyright ©  2012  Linda Huesca Tully

4 Thoughts to “Treasure Chest Thursday: Baby Announcement

  1. Heather, thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, my mother was creative in so many ways, no doubt flowing from her incredible thoughtfulness. Her love for my father and our family was the greatest treasure of all.

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