Sunday, April 28, 2013

Boobala Darling Wins A Cruise- A Fictional Story-1

Category: Short Story

Boobala Makes Her Grand Appearance

It was on a super hot and humid day in July when Mildred Finkenberg, after 4 1/2 hours of intense labor, her body drenched in sweat, gave that long-awaited final push, delivering her child into the world. Boobala Sarah Finkenberg miraculously weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds and 8 ounces with thick brown hair. Mildred screamed in excruciating pain as she felt her body being ripped. It had been a difficult pregnancy and birth as well. After several miscarriages, her doctor advised strongly against another pregnancy as a woman’s chance of miscarriage increases with age. Mildred refused to give up.

Both she and her husband tried for several years to bring her pregnancy to full-term, taking all necessary precautions but had been unable to do so. Instead of having a child in their 20’s, they were now in their mid 30’s, still waiting to hear the wonderful news that all was going well. Mildred insisted on natural child-birth, even though she was at high-risk. Dr. Rosenthal was sincerely concerned for her health. “Dr. Rosenthal,” responded Mildred, “I want to be in control of my body and know what the birth experience is like, despite the pain. If it does become a life threatening situation for me or my child, then you will know what to do.”

When Harvey entered the room, he was expecting to find Mildred fast asleep after the difficult birth. He was very much surprised to see his 37-year-old wife sitting up in bed, conversing and laughing, her face beaming with pride as she showed off her beautiful daughter to everyone.

Mr. Finkenberg could not believe his eyes as he reached for his baby daughter. He was positively thrilled as he held his new-born child in his arms. He began to stroke her silky-soft skin and touch her perfect little fingers and toes. His eyes filled with tears as he bent and kissed his wife, grateful to God for this most precious gift.

Mildred’s Motherly Lament

Harvey Finkenberg, the father of Boobala, was a man of honorable character in every respect. He was a quiet man who didn’t like confrontations. He was faithful to his religious beliefs and reared his family with all moral restraint. Indeed, he was an extremely busy man. His clothing store on Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, New York had afforded him a position of wealth. The only variation to the monotony of his life after a tiresome workday was an occasional door step conversation with Seymour Sterling, a neighboring merchant, and the time he spent with Boobala.

Boobala was becoming quite a handful. She was now a toddler, running around as fast as her little legs could carry her. Mildred did not realize how difficult it was to be a mother at her age, especially now that Boobala was teething. She wanted to scream and run away. There was no end to her exhaustion and the tons of clothes she had to wash. Living on the top floor of a six-story apartment building did not help much. Not being able to go out often, she was starting to feel claustrophobic, as though she was confined to indoor living. She couldn’t wait for Harvey to get home so he could take over so she could rest without being disturbed. It angered her so that he would waste time talking to Seymour instead of coming right home.

A wave of relief washed over her every time she saw him walk through the door. Happy to see her Tata, Boobala would squeal with delight, clapping her little hands. Mildred’s fiery personality seemed to overshadow Harvey’s, as she screamed her displeasure about the day’s events. Used to her frequent outbursts, he would look at her blankly, say nothing, shrug his shoulders and leave the room. This infuriated her even more.

Though they were so different, Harvey loved his wife as she had such a positive impact on his life. It was Mildred that helped him lead the clothing store to success before her pregnancy. She was a natural with the customers. The Finkenberg’s were not only highly respected throughout the neighborhood for their honest business dealings with the public; they also were developing an excellent reputation for quality service and customer satisfaction, which helped to grow their company.