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Rose Petals: Making a Wise Decision

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June 11, 2015 | 1,250 views | 1 comment

Bob was several years older than Annie and was really a gentleman. He never pushed his advances on her, as some boys would try to do. Just by her behavior and the ladylike way she conducted herself, Bob knew to show her respect. They never got serious. All their ‘dates’ happened at the skating rink.

They would always meet there-Bob in his uniform, Annie in her cute little skating skirt. Then one day Bob called Annie and invited her to go with him to the rink, picking her up in a taxi, no less. Bob was being discharged and would soon be headed home to Missouri. This would be a bittersweet date, because it would be their last one. They enjoyed this last evening dance skating to their favorites, then Bob walked her to her door, gave her one last good night kiss, and he was gone. They did correspond for a time, but distance won, and they eventually lost touch.

As time wore on, Annie saw less and less of Leroy. She still liked him, but she still had that wary feeling about him and his character. Then one day came the final chapter.

Leroy called Annie and told her he was being incarcerated at a nearby home for juvenile delinquents. Juvenile Delinquents!

‘What? What on earth happened?” Annie cried! Leroy admitted that he had been arrested for burglary! He had broken in to his next-door neighbor’s house and stolen money. Not only that, but this neighbor had a motorcycle, and this was the one Leroy had taken for a joy ride that school day, more than once, apparently, and without permission! So, that ended this romance forever!

No matter that Annie still found Leroy charming and charismatic. He just wasn’t the kind of boy she wanted to date or be associated with. Too bad that she had dated him for several months and all her friends would know that this guy was a ‘bad boy’. The one thing that would save her reputation was that she had always, always conducted herself as a lady and never allowed anything serious to develop in their relationship. People already knew that.

So, this idyllic city life had its pitfalls just like anywhere else. Annie never read of anything like this in her comic books. But then, shouldn’t there always be stories that depict the ideal, a life to dream of and imagine? Too often young people are bombarded with sordid stories, ‘realistic’ stories that focus on the negative. Romanticism should be the ‘norm’ rather than realism; otherwise, the bar will be set at a lower standard, then lower and lower.

Annie ended that relationship much wiser but still wholesome and innocent and excited about life. There would be more disappointments and more decisions to make, some of them really hard. But she had strong convictions of right and wrong and expected her high school years to be wonderful. And life to be wonderful. And they both were.
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