Katy Matthews was hurrying to get home. She had stood around talking to long after her shift at the theatre. She did not want her grandmother angry with her, nor did she want another trip over Grandmothers lap.
Katy thought how ridiculous that thought should be. The truth was her Grandmother did still spank her even though she was eighteen years old. Grandmother had always sort of babied her maybe it was because of her condition maybe not.
Katy had Turners Syndrome a chromosomal problem. It affected different girls in different ways. In Katy's case her ovaries never develop causing her not to have breast or pubic hair. She would never have a period or children for that matter. Katy had quit growing at four ft five inches and weighed about sixty pounds.
Katy was running now she had five minutes two do three blocks and climb three flights of stairs. With her short legs she would be lucky to make it. Katy used her key to unlock the door of the apartment and walked in.
"Hi Grandma I am home" moments later Katy's Grandma a woman nearing sixty walked into the living room. " I see that Katy running a little late tonight were we?" Katy decided the truth was her best option "running my mouth with my coworkers is more like it Grandma I am sorry for being late I know you worry." Katy's Grandma walked over and picked Katy up in her Arms kissing her tenderly on the cheek. "Its ok sweetie your not that late, now are you hungry or thirsty would you like anything before you head to bed" Katy shook her head no and her Grandmother sat her down on the floor. With a pat on the butt "then off to bed with you Grandma will be in to say goodnight in just a little bit.
Katy ran to the bedroom she shared with her Grandma. Katy slept in a small day bed while her Grandmother slept in a twin size bed. The apartment was very small just this tiny bedroom a small living room and kitchen and of course a bathroom.
Katy stripped down to her cotton panties and paused just a moment to stare at herself in the mirror. Yep she thought still and eight year old. Katy had always had a great attitude about her condition. She was small and that was it Katy simply did not let it bug her.
Katy brushed and flossed her teeth, then used the potty before stepping into her blue-footed pajamas and zipping them up. The pajama's like most of her clothes were purchased at a second hand store in the children's department. Katy hopped in to bed just as Grandma entered the room. "Did you say your prayers dear" Katy crawled back out of bed and kneeled down beside it. She then said her prayers out loud for Grandma to here the same way she had her entire life.
Once back in bed Grandma tucked her in and told her to get some sleep. Then kissed her on the cheek goodnight
Katy hated going to bed this early, but new it was necessary she had to be up again at four Am. Katy ran a newsstand three days a week from five am in till eleven.
Then she worked three nights at the theatre selling tickets. Katy looked all the time for a better job. She wanted so much to help Grandma out and get a bigger place.
Grandma worked at a local drugstore and had for fifteen years she was the assistant manager but the money was not all that. Katy new that she owed everything to Grandma her mom had died giving birth to Katy and her father Grandma's son consumed with grief just took off.
Katy's dream was to go to school at the local community college. She wanted to get a degree in something related to her only talent Katy was and artist. She saved every dime she could get her hands on but it seemed something always came up. Grandma had just had surgery on her eyes Katy had given Grandma all her savings to keep them a float while she was out of work. Grandma fought her over taking her money but she really had no choice.
Katy tossed and turned a bit; it was silly she thought there was no way in the world she would ever make it to college.
Sure there were student loans but Grandma forbid it. She felt debt was going to be the destruction of America and would not let her Granddaughter be involved with it. But Katy could still dream and with that she drifted off to sleep.