Oh, I didn't mention, they changed the
Part 13 of the Judy Tomaini Rock
The Tomaini's, still had an empty spot
in their hearts. When one of their friends, mentioned they knew a
girl that was expecting a baby, but didn't want it. In 1946, you
never knew what you were going to get, till you got it. They
wanted the baby, no matter what it was. And now the long wait.
They were still going on the road every year, so they got a bigger
travel trailer, and started to remodel, the second bedroom in the
house. The Sideshow was making so much money, they were not ready
to stop having a summer vacation, that they were getting paid for
The time was flying by then, waiting for the baby. Being on the
road, the people would mob the Sideshow, which wouldn't give them
much time to count the days. Since the one expecting the baby, was
the girlfriend, of one of their closest friends. She was a dancer
in their girlshow, and was expecting at the same time as his wife.
Johnny and Roxanne Ornellas, had ups and downs, and this was a
down time. Sherry Panay, the girlfriend, who was really Vera
Ampero Hastings Thuma, was due the same time as Roxanne. Roxanne
already had a little girl, Sylvia. And was hoping for a boy.
Roxanne knew about the long affair Johnny and Sherry had, and was
quite upset. But now it was over, and they just wanted to find
good parents for the baby.
The Tomaini's never knew it was
Johnny's baby. Just that it was the girl that worked for them.
On April 27, 1946, at the Tampa Municipal hospital, was born,
Sherry Christine Thuma. 7lb 7oz blond, blue eyed, baby girl. She
was named by her birth Mother, who's last name now is Bass. The
baby couldn't be taken to the Tomaini's at that time, as she had
stomach problems, and had to stay in the hospital for a month. And
after that, Roxanne's Mother kept her till Al and Jeanie, were
having a week layover, and could come and pick her up. And the
social worker, had a chance to make sure, they were the good
people she had been told they were. They picked her up on August
14, 1946, which Jeanie always called her and the baby's
anniversary. That date, many years down the road, would be
remembered differently, but just as important as it was that day.
It had been decided, the adoption would not take place right away.
They were afraid if they went into court, and ask to adopt a baby,
they would be turned down, as how would Jeanie, ever take proper
care of a tiny baby. So that was the beginning of their life of
parents. The trailer was ready for the new addition. And never was
a baby loved, the way they loved her. They had such good help on
the Sideshow, they didn't have to
about moving the show to the next town. All they had to do was
arrive at the new town, and everything would be set up and ready
The whole show turned out, to welcome the new arrival. They didn't
tell anyone but a few friends, as they were afraid to have another
loss, like back in 41'. When they got past the crowd, and opened
the door of the trailer, they were greeted by a home cooked
dinner, and a huge pile of gifts, for the new baby. They had it
all, and they had worked hard, for all of it. Jeanie had no
problem at all, taking care of the new baby. And also did her act,
many times a day. To them, this was the icing on the cake. Jeanie
always dressed her new baby in starched tiny dresses, and would
wash them by hand, wring them out, smooth them out on the big
mirror to dry. It was such a simple thing, that helped her be
independent. When the baby got a little older, she would be in the
playpen, right behind Jeanie's stage.
Oh, I didn't mention, they changed the baby's name, when they got
her, and from then on would be known as Judith Diane Tomaini....
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