EAGLE NEST LAKE VACATION – 9 of 15

“I’m getting up early tomorrow to photograph Wheeler Peak at sunrise,” Katie’s mother said. “The light’s just incredible.” They were in the Lounge after dinner, in front of Eagle Nest Lodge’s stone fireplace. “Want to come?”

“No thanks.” Katie didn’t approve of her mother’s photography. It interfered with her real responsibilities. Not that Katie’s father seemed to mind.

“You know, you should start thinking about what you’re going to study after high school,” her mother said.
“Since you only have two years left.”

“I don’t need to study what I want to do.”

“And that would be?”

“Wife and mother.”

“You can also have a career.”

“Not me.”

Her mother chuckled. “Where did I go wrong?” she asked the firelight rhetorically. She stood up. “I’m going to bed. Let me know if you change your mind.”

Katie frowned at the fire. Nothing could touch the woman, she thought irritably.

Copyright © 2014 Loretta Miles Tollefson

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