Shelby took the empty plate that Campbell sat on the table and smiled.
“Thank you for helping with the dishes. Why don’t you go spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa? They are going to be leaving to go home soon.”
She watched Campbell toddle to the living room with his grandparents. She put the plate in the dishwasher and sighed. Once Philip’s parents went home, she would be alone with Campbell again.
She walked back to the living room and sat in one of the chairs. She watched Campbell telling his grandparents a story. She couldn’t help smiling at him. He was such a sweet and adorable toddler.
She looked at their bags beside the door. She knew that in a few minutes they would be leaving. She looked back at them and saw her mother-in-law watching her.
“Don’t give up on him, Shelby. I know he’ll be home to us.”
Shelby nodded. “I know. I haven’t given up. I can still feel him in my heart. I would know if something happened to him that took him from us permanently.”
She just couldn’t bring herself to say the word dead. She just didn’t want to put that word out there attached to Philip’s name.
“I would know also. He is my son. A mother knows.” She looked at her grandson and smiled. “I’m sure you understand.”
Shelby nodded. “I do.”