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Over cake and coffee, Mae learned of Henry’s adventures up and down the west coast. He apologized for not keeping in touch, but the last six years had been difficult, going from job to job. He evaded any hint of why he had left town so quickly. That would remain a mystery. Moving around was hard on Jenny and now that she was old enough to start school, he wanted her to have a more stable life. His next job was in Alaska on a fishing boat which was not a place for his daughter.
Henry then made a request. Would Jenny be able to stay with Mae and begin school? He did not know what he would do if Mae refused. He glanced at the small form asleep on the couch wrapped in one of Mae’s quilts. Jenny was so exhausted she had fallen asleep before dessert was served.
Mae’s hopes for Henry moving back home would not be answered. Instead the question of Jenny’s future seemed to be in her hands. A small whimper from the couch ignited her sympathy. Ignoring any doubts, she gave her answer.