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Marci stood in the bedroom she shared with her two sons taking a last look to make sure she hadn’t forgotten anything. It was furnished with an adult full-sized trundle bed which was pulled out for guests when she had sleepovers as a child but now it served as the boy’s bed. She had a five-drawer chest, a small bookcase, a vanity table with mirror and chair. Everything was in perfect order. The beds were made, and the few books and toys that she was leaving behind were neatly placed on the shelves in the bookcase.
She’d packed clothes, sneakers, socks, underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, a few toys, puzzles and books for the boys. For herself there was hardly anything in her closet that fit including shoes. Her duffle was filled with personal hygiene products, socks, a few oversized sweats, her journals, and a couple books she hadn’t read yet. Bette and Tina had provided her with an allowance to purchase maternity clothes and underwear which she planned to do when she got to Reno.
She lifted the handle on the suitcase and hooked the duffle bag to it then rolled them towards the living room where she found her mother sitting on the couch watching TV. Bob and Mindy had parked their SUV in the driveway and stood in the front lawn playing with the boys as they waited for Marci. Paul wasn’t home, and Kathy didn’t invite them in. She wasn’t on great terms with her ex-husband to begin with but when he didn’t agree that Marci shouldn’t allow a lesbian couple to adopt the baby the little civility between them ended.
Marci waited for a few seconds in the hallway to see if her mother would look her way. Whenever Kathy was upset, she would just stop talking and ignore whomever she was mad at. Marci figured she would just leave well enough alone. “Bye Mom. I’ll call you” she said over the sound of the TV and walked out the front door.
The boys were full of energy and excited for the road trip. Bob stored the luggage while Mindy and Marci got the boys settled in their car seats in the rear third row. Marci had the middle row where she found pillows and blankets neatly folded for her use. The seats also reclined so she could change positions to be as comfortable as possible. Mindy rode shotgun while Bob drove. It was a long drive to Yosemite, but they took their time making frequent stops to use the bathroom, get food and stretch their legs. While driving they entertained the kids with movies and sing-alongs. They ate an early dinner on the road so by the time they got to the cabin at 8 pm it was just about time to get the boys bathed and ready for bed. The cabin had three bedrooms and two baths, full kitchen with dining area, a living room with stone fireplace and surround deck facing the river.