Last summer, Andrew decided to tour as a little girl. The Chapmans, who weren’t looking forward to the dreary August weather, offered him a place at their beach cottage. After some promises to visit the aquarium and ride the rides on the boardwalk, Andrew assented. Considering all the Chapman’s had been through, one couldn’t blame them for being a little indulgent.
The first day he got pulled out to sea by a rip current and the Coast Guard had to rescue him. The Chapmans didn’t let him out of their sight after that, and they kept Andrew close with ice cream and potato chips. When fall arrived Andrew emerged with love handles and a tight pink bathing suit.
His family still having issues, Andrew spent the autumn with the aunt of good friend who lived upstate. Kathleen never wasted anything, and no matter how many times Andrew asked her not to, she always brought home new clothes from the church collection box, although that may have been thanks to their dinners. A