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October 8, 2015 | 1,100 views | 3 comments

Annie, Making the Right Choice

Annie was hurriedly trying to get dressed for the banquet. The problem was that she didn’t have a white skirt. The FHA girls were hosting the FFA Banquet that night, and they were required to wear white blouses and white skirts. So, as soon as she could get ready, she and her mother were going to make a quick run to Sears. But first she was determined to get her long, red hair scooped up into a neat French twist. She had to make sure no stray strands were out of place and all the bobby pins were hidden. And to make sure the top notch was tucked inside the twist. How about the bangs? Neat and curled? Yes. That was looking good. Now for a touch of brow liner, mascara, lip stick, and a little powder to cover up some of those dreadful freckles. Annie was ready to go.

Annie and her mother, Mrs. Vane, rushed to Sears to hurriedly get the needed white skirt; then Mrs. Vane dropped her off at the high school cafeteria. Annie rushed in and found her place in the kitchen, quickly meeting up with her two best friends, Camilla and Margie. The girls were excited to be serving the meals and refilling the tea for all those good-looking FFA boys and their parents. Camilla’s boyfriend, Steve, was there, and so was Paul, Margie’s boyfriend. Now the interesting thing was that Matthew, Steve and Paul and were best friends, just as Annie, Camilla and Margie were best friends. Annie thought Matthew was a total hunk, but to her knowledge, he had never noticed her.

But things were about to change. Later that evening, after everyone had gone their separate ways, Annie got a call from Margie telling her that Matthew was asking about her! “Wow!

Really? About me?” Annie asked. Apparently, Matthew’s mother, Mrs. Roberts, had noticed her and asked her son Matthew why he didn’t ask her out! Oh dear. After that bit of news, Annie could hardly sleep that night.

The next day was a Saturday, and to Annie’s total amazement, Matthew called her and asked her if she’d like to go bowling! A date with Matthew-the-Hunk Roberts! This was a dream come true for Annie. And to make it even more fun, the other two couples, Camilla and Steve, Margie and Paul, were joining them at one of the one of the local bowling lanes. Thank goodness Annie knew how to bowl. Because she wasn’t nearly as self-confident as she appeared to be, the fact that she had grown up going to the bowling lanes with her parents gave her a little assurance. Annie had begun bowling just to pass the time while she tagged along with her parents, who had played on bowling leagues for years.

An hour or so before he was to pick her up, Matthew called and apologized that he would have to take her in his old farm truck because his mother was using the family car that evening. He even hinted that maybe they should change their date and go out another time. Matthew might have been trying to wriggle out of the date, but Annie didn’t realize it, and she assured him that she didn’t mind going in a pick-up truck. She didn’t even mind sitting in the middle, straddling the stick shift!

Matthew did most of the talking along the way to the lanes. At first Annie was a little quiet, but after awhile she began to loosen up. And when they met up with the others, she was able to relax. The three couples really did have a good time. Afterwards, they drove over to Matthew’s dad’s drive-in restaurant and ordered sodas.

To Annie’s delight, the next evening Matthew called her. The phone sat on a ‘telephone table’ just outside Annie’s bedroom door, and she pulled the phone with its long cord into her room, lights turned out, and talked for hours. It was a good thing her dad worked at night. He was a county deputy, and his authoritative ways carried over into the home. He certainly wouldn’t have approved of her tying up the phone lines for so long while they listened to the rock ‘n roll records Matthew played on his hi-fi, one right after the other. Annie was enthralled.

At school that week Annie was thrilled that Matthew sometimes met her in the hall and walked her to her class. She didn’t see him in the afternoons because he was in athletics, and he spent a lot of time on the school farm. Matthew had a show pig and a show steer, and those projects took a lot of time. All three of the boys, Matthew, Steve, and Paul, were all quite involved on the school farm.

In fact, as time went on and Matthew and Annie really became a couple, he laid some nicknames on her, names he got from the farm animals. She had red hair, so he sometimes called her his little Duroc; she had freckles, so he called her his Appaloosa. And as if that weren’t enough, he would even call her his little red heifer! Humph! But she loved those nicknames because they were endearing.
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Kathleene Runnels  
Hondo, TX  
October 9, 2015 9:11pm
Whoo-hoo! Thanks for the kudos, 4th Generation Texan. :)

4th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Spriungs  
October 9, 2015 3:32pm
Boy, I just wasted five minutes.

Elaine K.  
October 9, 2015 9:36am
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