Our new (kuroh5in.org) member's diary about birth control reminded me of a few passengers.
The most recent one was a 30 year old woman. I asked how long she'd been in the Valley. She said she was a native. I asked if she'd ever lived anywhere else, and she said that she'd left the state for a brief period of time when she was pregnant at 15 or 17 and didn't want to tell her father. I think she went somewhere in the southeast - Florida? I don't remember.
This reminded me of the passenger I picked up some time back on Cave Creek Road...
I asked this earlier woman something about how long she'd been in the Valley. She'd come here when she was 14. How'd she get here? Hitch-hiking. She was very pregnant, and her mother had the idea that she was going to give her baby up for adoption. This was NOT an acceptable option, so she fled Kansas in the 7th or 8th or 9th month of her pregnancy. Her daughter is 24 or 27 now, and it worked out okay. IIRC she has some younger kids too.
So I told the recent woman about the woman who fled Kansas so she could keep her baby, and she thought it was an awesome story. I asked if she had any other kids. She developed uterine cancer and had a total hysterectomy when she was 20.
I guess that's a common surgery for women. Sort of tragic. There was a recent news story about a mother -> daughter uterine transplant...
Usually I start out by asking how long they've been in the valley and going on intuition from there.