The Meaning of Indemnity

typewriterIn searching for just the right title- one that conveyed the essence of the story AND sounded legal-ish – I landed on Indemnity. An indemnity is either a payment for some wrong committed to remove the penalty OR it's a security against some damage or loss. Insurance, in way.

Before this book, I'd only ever heard the word "indemnity" in an insurance or legal context. You may be familiar with the Billy Wilder film from the 1940s, Double Indemnity about an insurance fraud scheme. This fall, reading Beowulf for school, I found that the king paid the warrior an indemnity when one of Beowulf's men was killed. The king felt responsible, so he paid.


Payment for a wrong committed… Insurance, or protection, against future damages. That's Jack.

Jack is the indemnity.


Do you think the title fits? 

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Ann on Jack and Bobbi


(Also cut from Chapter 14, this quick gives a glimpse of Ann's take on the situation with Jack.)


As Bobbi loaded up the dinner dishes in the dishwasher, she could see Chuck and Shannon in the driveway. He had taken the training wheels off her bicycle and he was intently explaining the mechanics of balancing to her. Bobbi watched him moving his hands in a circle, like little feet on pedals, but she could also see that Shannon was anxious to try it without the science lesson.

“This will either be a very momentous evening or we’ll need band-aids.” The telephone rang, drawing Bobbi away from the window.

“I just got off the phone with my grandson,” Ann Molinsky said. “What wonderful news!”

“I know. Brad finally told Chuck last night, so it’s official.”

“He said Chuck took it very well.”

“I think he was a little embarrassed that Brad was so nervous about telling him.”

“Jim was all bluster, too.”

“I think if Chuck had been a little more perceptive, it would have been easier on Brad, but Chuck’s been focused on all this with Jack.”

“Is it any easier for you with Jack?”

Bobbi sighed and pulled up a chair to the kitchen table. “It’ll get easier, I’m sure.”

“He’s absolutely crazy about you.”

“I don’t want to take his mother’s place. I don’t even want to be in a contest with her.”

“I don’t think anyone sees you that way, but he needs you.” Bobbi dropped her eyes. “He needs you to fight for him, and he needs you to love him.”

“I’m working on it.”

“I know you are. It will be worth it.”