Having five children in her first seven years of marriage and a sixth four years later might have pleased the Catholic Church but had to be a shock to Genevieve. Okay, not a total shock since it takes two. But as an only child, she never experienced other little people, let alone six of them. Noel, on the other hand, had five siblings and several cousins living close by. He didn’t experience peace and quiet until he joined the Army.
However, Genevieve quickly adapted to her new reality and even thrived with the help of her next-door neighbor, Myrtle. But she found herself alone again after Myrtle died of a heart attack. “Homemaker” might not have been her calling. Though she did her best, Genevieve grew restless. When she sought refuge, she found it, not in pills, caffeine, or alcohol, but in shopping.