Second Harvest (Chapter Four, page 1 of 25)


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When Roy's family set roots in Arizona, his Grandfather William Folsom was thirty-two years old. His new bride Rebecca was just past her eighteenth birthday and pregnant with their first and only surviving child, Thaddeus. Slightly more than three years later, while attempting to give birth to her second child, Rebecca, and her stillborn fetus died in the middle of childbirth. Unfortunately, baby Clara arrived breech, with her feet escaping the womb first.

The situation was well beyond the skills of the midwife. Inexperienced and frightened, she hastened the delivery process and was aghast when she saw the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around the baby's neck and a deathly blue face. Her desperate attempts to save the child resulted in prematurely detaching the placenta, causing Rebecca to bleed internally. As Rebecca's life slowly trickled out, the horrified midwife helplessly watched as the bed clothes soaked to dark red. Realizing her mistake was now past the point of no return, the distraught midwife summoned William to his wife's bed. He immediately unleashed his fury, roughly tossing the midwife out of the room.

"What in God's creation have you done you stupid woman? Get the hell out of my house you old hag. Leave now and never let me lay eyes on you again, or I will choke the life right out of you! You've murdered my wife and child."

Roughly wrenching the midwife's arm she shrieked, but William dragged her to the front door and threw her off the porch. Then, dashing to his wife's side, William mournfully comforted his young wife. Rebecca fought the agony of death but eventually whispered, "love Thaddeus," with her last breath. After watching his young wife slip away, the grieving grief-stricken William determined to pour his remaining love into his young son, Thaddeus, despite the circumstances that bonded their tenuous relationship.

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