Brian rang his mother-in-law, Cherish, “It’s a girl. Destiny’s doing fine but there might be a problem with the baby.”
Brian could hear Cherish’s concern, “She’s having difficulties. Doctors say it’s common in premature babies.”
Cherish was a trained nurse and knew the risks for very premature babies. She wanted to know the baby’s name. Her family had a tradition of uplifting names.
“Cope?… Oh, an aitch. We decided on Faith… Yes, similar meaning. We need to have faith. Doctors suspect cerebral palsy.”
In time, Faith grew and learned to cope with her physical challenges. Her intelligence became her strength.
This story is a prequel to a 100 word story written on February 28, 2012. Entitled, “Against All Odds”, it’s about the success of Faith as a writer and the fulfilment of her parents’ hope.https://rossmannell.com/2012/02/28/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-wk32-prompt-take-a-leap-of-faith-100-words-against-all-odds/