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.
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The form has special meaning to me, as I was that first child – the “honeymoon baby” they were expecting.
Copyright © 2012 Linda Huesca Tully