C is for Cracks in the Sidewalk

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C is for Cracks in the Sidewalk

“Jeffrey’s not a man of faith.  He wants to believe he’s got a better plan than God. When his plan fizzles, he’s got nowhere to go and no one to turn to.”

“Have you spoken with him about…”

“Many times. But Jeffrey’s set in his way. Something is either perfect or it’s broken, and if it’s broken he wants to get rid of it.” Elizabeth allowed the right side of her mouth to curl into this sad little smile. “One time I told Jeffrey—nothing’s perfect, life is like a sidewalk leading to heaven, we’re bound to come across a few cracks in it—know what his answer was?”

Judge Brill shook his head and she continued, “He told me, when you discover cracks in the sidewalk it’s time to look for a new house.”

“And Elizabeth,” Judge Brill said pensively, “…how do you view those cracks in the sidewalk?”  

“They’re God’s way of moving aside life’s cement, He’s giving us a chance to let something new grow.”

It was a long minute before Judge Brill asked another question and when he finally did, it was related to her health. “Do you feel you’re physically able to handle all three children at one time?”

“I doubt that I could do by myself. But my parents are almost always nearby, and they’re happy to lend a hand.”

“That might not be the ideal situation since your husband believes the children will be adversely affected because of your parent’s dislike for him.”

“He might think that, but it’s not true. They’re disappointed because of the way Jeffrey’s treated me, but Mom and Dad are not vindictive people and they’d never dream of saying something negative about Jeffrey in front of our children.”

For a few minutes longer Judge Brill chatted with Elizabeth, first about her years of living with Jeffrey, and then about her relationship with her parents. After that exchange, he segued into asking what type of visitation she was seeking. “How often,” he asked, “and for what period of time.”  

“Unfortunately,” Elizabeth answered, “I have no way of knowing how long I have, so to me every day is precious. If I could be with my babies every day, I’d be deliriously happy…”

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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