This is the second part of my short story, A New Life, about a baby being born with their full memory intact from their previous life. If you haven't read Part 1 already, please go here:
Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of it. Thanks. Have a great week. Best wishes, Chris
Baby Asher's first birthday arrived on March 21, 2008, and his speech had improved miraculously over the previous six months. This was partly due to the doctor having recommended a speech therapist specializing in infants. Every second morning for half an hour the speech therapist worked with the baby, always amazed at the progress being made. However, the therapist was told not to ask the baby any questions of a personal nature. The therapist had been informed by the pediatrician of the reasons, and understood the family's need for privacy.
In the meantime Malka and Reuben were getting more and more information from the baby every day. They found out that his name, up until his death only one year ago, was Christopher John Jeffers. He told them in bits and pieces that he had lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and was a teacher. He taught Japanese and History. He was married, and had two children, Matthew and Mary. Like most Australians, he was a Christian. That inspired much heated discussion between Malka and Reuben, being a strictly orthodox Jewish couple, until the doctor reminded them both that the baby is no longer responsible for anything that happened in the last life. ‘The baby might remember everything, but this was a new life, a new slate, and only what he did in this life matters.’
"But doctor, how can we teach him about Judaism if he was a Christian?" asked Malka. Through further conversation, she learned that Asher was raised a Catholic in his last life, but had turned away from all forms of religion in his late thirties. He was not a practicing Catholic when he died. That seemed to be the end of that. She breathed a sigh of relief and changed the subject. Reuben later confided to her that he was also relieved at that revelation, but that he was worried about what Asher had meant by 'turning away from all religion'. However, that could be discussed much later they agreed, not now.