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Monday, October 24, 2016

Randle Chimes Chapter 11 - The Packing House Party

The CEO's Were Too Busy to See Us   - - -
Chapter eleven

Grandpa and I went to town to see a lawyer about signing a contract with a packing house to supply one thousand head of steers a year.

After several hours I had a good handle on what the deal was all about. The lawyer warned me about how the packing house negotiators would try to get the lowest price they could and some of the tricks to accomplish that.

I thought Grandpa probably already knows all this stuff so I don’t have to worry. Then he hit me with the shocker; I was going to be the one who handled the deal, and that scared me half out of my wits.

Over all my objections Grandpa said not to worry for the lawyer was going with me and wouldn’t let me be taken advantage of.  That sure made me feel better.

When we arrived in Chicago I was surprise at the size of the city.  Arriving at the office of the packing house we were escorted in and plied with all kinds of treats and drinks.

After an hour of waiting and chatting with the hired help one of the executives came in and greeted us.  He said they were running a little late but he would be with us in about an hour.

I spoke up and said well we don’t want to put you out so we will return this afternoon and see if you have time for us then. If not we will be on our way to another appointment.

As we started to leave the board room seemed to be having a party and all the executives were having a gay old time. I stepped in and told one of the big shots we wouldn’t be back this afternoon after all. It would be rude of us to interfere with their party time.

They said, “You guys are small potatoes so don’t come back.”

The lawyer said, “I know where the president’s office is so let’s see if he has time for us?”

We arrived at a less conspicuous looking building and the president’s office was not too fancied just functional. When we told the secretary who we were and why we were there she relayed the message to Sam the president. He came out and welcomed us and wanted to know what he could do for us.

We explained our situation and he quietly said, “I think we can take care of this without any trouble.”

Back we went to the headquarters and the party was still going on when we walked in with the president of the company. All of a sudden the music was stopped and the drinks put down.

The President demanded to know what this was all about.

They all looked at each other and one of the said it was a birthday party. The President demanded whose birthday it was but nobody seemed to know.

We left and the president summoned the security force and told them all to empty out the board room and don’t ever let any of them in the building again.

He took us to an empty office and said, “I’ll be back in a minute for I have some business to tend to.”

He came back and said, “Now let’s get the business taken care of for the reason you are here.”

He took out a standard contract and handed to my lawyer who looked it over while me and Sam talked about the cattle business. My lawyer told us it is just a standard contract, and we just need to fill in the blanks, sign it and the deal will be done.

A few minutes later we were on our way with Sam’s blessings.

He smiled and said; thanks to you I have a lot of hiring to do in the next few days. Seems I have just fired a lot of my worthless staff, and it serves me right for not watching what was going on.

I’m going to move my office to this building so I can keep abreast of what is happening.  As we left my lawyer said, “I have never experienced anything like that and I have been in on hundreds of deals.”

As we left we saw security escorting the board members out of the building while they were protesting their ejection.

My lawyer said; “They will have a hard time getting a new job in this city or anywhere else. There is no telling how much damage they have done to Sam’s company.”

He said, “Our train doesn’t leave until tomorrow so how about us seeing some entertainment while we are here?”

I said, “Why not, lead the way.”

He said you always enjoy the shows better after a few drinks. So he ordered his favorite and I had a small brandy.

Since I don’t drink, the brandy burned all the way down.  He ordered another drink for himself but I said I think I will enjoy the show at the one drink level. The brandy was still burning as the show started.

I must say I had never seen anything like the show. There were men jumping around doing what my lawyer said were doing the splits and the women were scantily dress dancing all over the small stage.

After the show which I enjoyed except for a few thing were offensive to me I said, “It’s my bedtime so I’m heading back to the hotel.”

The lawyer said he was just getting started. He hailed me a cab and gave the driver instructions where to go, and we separated.

The next morning I went to the train station alone. He didn’t show up in time to make the train. I figured he must have had a lot more fun and drinks.

Later I found out he ended up in jail and it was a week before he made it home. It didn’t matter, for I had our contracts in hand and we were fixed for the next few years.

Grandpa read the contract over and said we did real well.  He asked, “Did you have any trouble. I said, “No everything went smoothly.” He said, “Good, I must admit I was a little concerned for these men can be hard to deal with at times.”

He asked if the lawyer was helpful and I said, “Yes I was glad he was there with me.”
I didn’t mention we went clubbing as he called it and the fact he never came back with me. 
Some things are better left unsaid!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Randle Chimes chapter 10 - Choosing a Ranch Forman

Pecos Was my First Choice
Chapter ten

I hadn’t really paid much attention to what the judge had said about buying the ranch for thirty thousand dollars, but when Grandpa said he would take it but he wanted to put my name on the deed.

For some reason the idea of my name on some property seemed rather far-fetched. This was partly because I didn’t actually have much money of my own. I could charge anything I wanted in town but there wasn’t much I needed.

Each month grandpa gave me some money for my working on the ranch but I always put it in a can under the floor. I never counted it so I wasn’t aware of how much I had.

Grandpa told me to get my ranch in order which meant hiring some hands and more importantly a foreman.  My first choice for foreman was Pecos. He knew more about ranching than I’ll ever know. He agreed on the condition that he get the ranch house to live in.  He had a girlfriend that he wanted to marry but so far he couldn’t provide for her. I said sure move right in but get started hiring enough hands to make the ranch run efficiently.

There was a lot to be put in order and I wanted it to be done as soon as possible. I took my tin can to town along with Pecos and opened an account for the ranch. I put a thousand dollars for running expenses that Pecos could draw from.  I encouraged him to pay with cash instead of charging everything.

With things put in place I found the man that was keeping track of what was going on with Jenny.  He had only a little understanding because Jenny’s mother was distraught and the doctors were not giving much information.

Once I called upon George to find out what was happening. After two long days he contacted me and said he was sorry but the news was very bad. They had saved Jenny’s life but there was extensive brain damage. He went on saying she doesn’t remember anyone or for that matter nothing about her past.

They have moved her to a sanitarium where she is getting excellent care and seems to be happy.  Her mother is almost ill herself and the doctors insist she return home because the Jenny she raised no longer exists.  George said I and your mother are going to accompany her so she won’t be alone on the trip.

They arrived and I could see Jenny’s mother was in bad shape. I insisted she go to see the doctor before she went home.

Jenny’s younger sister Nellie had come home from boarding school where she had spent the last few years. I didn’t really know her but upon our first meeting I could see that she and Jenny were worlds apart in personalities. It made me wonder if they were really sisters.  Not that she wasn’t a good person; she was just different from Jenny.

When her mother had recovered from what she had gone through I visited her and told her I wanted to visit Jenny in the sanitarium but she immediately objected and said, “Absolutely not.”

She then described the scene she encountered each day and Jenny’s condition with no hope of recovery. She said the best thing for you to do is remember her as she was and think of all the happy hours you had together and not see her as she is which will destroy the image you have of her.

After much agonizing thought I had to agree with her. There was no more Jenny and I had to accept it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

RANDLE CHIMES - CHAPTER 9 - Cattle Thieves

Glad the Sheriff was on our Side
Chapter nine

As we approached the Barons ranch we were feeling a little nervous.

The sheriff said, “Everyone check your weapons.”  He then asked, “Who was the best shot with a rifle,” and after he selected five of the ranch hands, he instructed them on what to watch for and when to shoot if necessary.

Pecos spotted a lookout and said, “Give me a couple of minutes and then you can ride on in.”

After five minutes Pecos returned and said, He won’t be a problem.”  We rode in rather fast and took the hands by surprise.

The sheriff said, “Reach for your guns and you won’t live to regret it.  Now line up next to the fence and drop your guns into the watering trough.” 

He yelled out, “You up in the barn drop your rifle and come on down here or you will feel what it feels like to be peppered with a half dozen rifle shots.”

The guy threw his rifle out of the barn hay loft and joined the rest of the Barons hands.

The sheriff then said in a loud voice; “Baron come on out or I will burn you out.” In just a quick moment a large rough looking man came out of the house a cursing everything and everybody.

The sheriff asked one of the cowboys for a pigging string and then he tied the Baron’s hands and feet. With everything under control he waved for the riflemen to ride in. we then tied up all of Barons workmen. The sheriff slapped one of Baron’s men very hard and asked, ‘How many are out riding herd?”

The man looked at the sheriff not saying anything till the sheriff drew back his fist and the man said, ‘There are six riding herd.”

The sheriff looked at me and said, “Take what men you need and round up those six and I’ll be along in a minute. 

We rode in on the men who were supposed to be riding herd and found most of them asleep. Some of my hands laughed at them but in their defense they said they had been up all night and day.

I asked why they didn’t get any sleep and one answered we were changing brands.

Three of the six were men I went to school with and I called them aside after disarming them and they told me everything about them stealing from all the ranchers in the area. I knew the parents of these three and I hated to see them hung with the rest. I told them to get out of the country and never come back. I said if I ever saw any one of them again I would personally shoot them on sight.

They lit out and I have never seen them again although I heard one of them got shot while messing with a farmer’s wife.

About that time the sheriff showed up and asked where the rest were. I told him the story and he said he knew those boys and would have hated to hang them also.

We hung the Baron, his foreman and a couple of hard cases. The rest we took to town and they were sent to the penitentiary. 

That was quite an adventure but in the midst of what was happening my mind would bring up the image of my beloved Jenny and the hurt it would bring me was awful to bear.

The hand that was waiting for some word about Jenny was at the ranch and reported that she had arrived okay and was being treated at the clinic. The hand was sent back to wait for further word which didn’t come till a week later.

Grandpa kept me busy and ever so often would remind me that one of these days this ranch would be mine so I had better learn everything I could.

I took over several phases of running the ranch and I had a double problem. First I had to learn what had to be done and how to do it. The hands wouldn’t help me much save for Pecos. He was my right hand man.

Then the second problem was due to the fact that I was younger and less experienced that most of the hands working for my grandpa. They wouldn’t cross him for they knew it would be more trouble than they wanted to handle.

But they would give me some resistance on every order.

Pecos had watched this go on for some time without saying anything but he finally spoke up one day when all the hands were having chow. In a voice loud enough where everyone could hear he said; “There are several of these boys who don’t want to work here any longer and to be fair you need to ask them which ones have a problem following your orders. Go right to the house and get the money for the payroll so you can pay them off. I will find out which ones wish to be let go while you are gone.”

I did as Pecos said and grandpa asked what I was going to do with the pat roll money and I said watch and see.

Pecos was still asking them who wasn’t ready to follow my orders without grumbling about it. No one volunteered to be let go for jobs were hard to find. He then went down the line and asked each one if they thought I was fair and they should obey my orders and they all to a man agreed they should do what I ask.

I believe they may have been influenced by the fact grandpa was on the porch watching and listening.

After it was settled, Grandpa came down from the porch and said, “Now you all have said you will act like men and do your job. If you have a real complaint come to me and I will hear you out but as far as I know Randle hasn’t asked any of you to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.”

He went on and said, ‘Ranching is a tough dirty job and you men are some of the best and I don’t want to lose any of you.  Enough said; do your job and you will be treated fairly by Randle.”

From that point on I had no more troubles in fact the men began to favor me more than grandpa. It wasn’t because I let them get by with issues but because I gave them respect and was there when they had problems.

The sheriff sent word he wanted grandpa and me to come to town. When we got there he said, ‘The Baron’s property is going up for sale but if you want it the judge said you can have for about thirty thousand dollars cattle and all. Naturally you would have to cut the herd and return the cattle stolen from the other ranchers.”

Grandpa said that is already being done. I contacted everyone whose branded steers had been altered and told them to come and pick them up.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Randle Chimes Chapter 8 - Jenny is Very Sick

Jenny is Very Sick
Chapter  Eight

When I arrived I was met by Jenny’s parents as well as my grandparents which was unusual. Normally grandpa would send one of the hands (usually Pecos) with an extra horse for me.

We all stood around saying our hello’s when grandpa spoke up and said I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.

My response was is Jenny alright?

He spoke with words that were faltering and it was hard to get his meaning but it was clear enough to tell me something was bad wrong.  

Impatiently I said, “For goodness sake get it out grandpa.”

Jenny’s mother said, “Randle I’m sorry to tell you Jenny has been stricken with a brain disease.  We didn’t want to alert you until we had some handle as to what was wrong.  She needs to go to a clinic in the big city but the doctor said she isn’t able to make the trip with the transportation available.”  

Naturally I wanted to go and see Jenny but her mother said, “No visitors until we are sure it isn’t catchable by others.  She is a room at the doctors house and is in what he called quarantine.”

I said, “I need to talk to the doctor and get this straight from him.”

The doctor pretty well confirmed what the folks had told me. He emphasized the need for treatment in the clinic but it wasn’t possible under the present circumstances.

I told him I couldn’t stand by and wait for her to die.

He said, “If you could do something it had better be soon.”

I contacted George and told him the facts of the situation and he said, “Let me handle this for you.”

A half hour later he wired me saying there was a medical car not an hour away and he has already ordered it to be sent to me.

I expressed my gratefulness and asked how he did that?

He said, “We Pinkerton’s have a lot of clout so get her on her way.”

The medical car was one used to transport wounded soldiers and was well equipped. It was stationed near one of the forts so it didn’t take long to get here.

The doctor quickly checked the car over and said everything I need is there and I will get her loaded immediately.

Still no one was able to see Jenny for she was covered in a tent kind of a bed. The engine was already up to steam and had one passenger car hooked to it as well as the medical car.

The doctor said he didn’t want anyone except Jenny’s mother to come along. He said we couldn’t help her and he didn’t have time to pacify us every few minutes and beside her mother was the one she needed at this time. Her mother’s voice would help keep her calm while I would cause her to react emotionally in a negative way.

It took me a while before I got a handle on that. The train pulled out and I could tell the engineer wasn’t going to waste any time getting her to the care she needed.

Grandpa said, “There is nothing to do now but wait so let’s go to the ranch and I will have one of the hands wait in town for any news.”

The ride to the ranch wasn’t what I had expected and hoped for.  I was out of sorts when we got there so I went to the corral and greeted my horse. He was glad to see me and acted up a bit. He hadn’t been ridden since I had left so he was a little frisky. I saddled him and rode out the where Jenny and I often went to. I couldn’t stay there for long. The memories just tore me apart.

The only news we got was that Jenny was resting without any change in her condition.

Grandpa decided to get me out of the mood I was in so he told me he wanted to show me part of the ranch I had never seen. I found that hard to believe for I had ridden over all of it so I thought.

We left early for he said it was a three hour ride to where we were going. After a couple hours we came to a canyon that was narrow and hidden.

Grandpa said, “Let’s go and see what we can find in here.”

I could see the canyon walls were going to get steep rather quickly. As we rode in we began to see some our cattle that someone had tried to use a running iron on them to change the circle D brand.

Grandpa said, “Keep alert for something isn’t right here.”

I thought that was evident. We found about fifty head of cattle when grandpa said, “Lets move the critters out of here for the weather is changing rather fast.”

We were about half way back to where we entered the canyon when we began to hear a slight rumbling noise.

Grandpa said, “Whip them up for we have to get out of here fast.”

The noise was getting louder by the minute when the first trickle of water caught up with us.

He said, “Leave the cattle and ride as fast as you can.”

I spurred my horse and he went at a fast gallop just the water was beginning to cover the floor of the canyon. I was glad to see the entrance of the canyon where the land widens out. We rode up on a ridge with the cattle following us at a fast clip.

All the sudden there was a torrent of water flooding out of the canyon which was almost frightening because of the roaring sound it made. As we watched there were a couple of steers floating by that didn’t make it out.

Then there was a fully saddled horse came floating by. And then a couple of more followed by three bodies of cowhands. It was obvious what had happened but grandpa felt the need to explain the situation.

“These men had ran a number of cattle up the canyon and were changing the brands. They would have kept them there until the brands had healed and then they would have marketed them.”

Grandpa said. “C’mon let’s find one of the dead horses and check his brand for I want to know who is rustling our cattle.”

I thought “Our cattle” sounded good to me for that was the first time he solidly included me as part owner of the ranch.  He had eluded this prior but this event affirmed that I now was a ranch owner.

When we found one of the horses we saw the brand was from one of the smaller ranches that seemed to be growing by a faster rate than appeared possible. We also found one of the steers and cut the altered brand from the carcass.  Grandpa said, “Let’s head home and tomorrow we will see the sheriff.”

When we got to the ranch grandpa sent a message for the sheriff to come to the ranch for he wanted him to verify what we had found. In the morning the sheriff showed up early. He must have left town at daybreak.

Grandpa said for him to sit down and have some breakfast because it would be some time before we returned. The sheriff had a hearty appetite and he ate well. After he was finished he said, ‘That will hold me for the rest of the day.”

The sheriff, grandpa, me, and Pecos, with about fifteen hands went to the canyon area and surveyed the situation.  He checked the brand change and cursed whoever did this.

We went further and found the three cowboys that drowned and the sheriff said, “I know the men. They are mean and trouble follows them around.  It is good riddance as far as I’m concerned.   They work for the Baron and I have suspected him of rustling but haven’t been able to prove it.  If you and some of your hands will side me I will go over and brace this guy.”

Grandpa said for three of the hands to round up the canyon cattle and herd them back to the ranch where their new brands can heal.  On the way to the Barons ranch grandpa told the sheriff, “I need you to give me an affidavit saying that these cattle are in fact mine.”

The sheriff  told Grandpa, as soon as he returned he would take care of it. 


Monday, September 26, 2016

Randle Chimes chapter 7 Getting to Know You

We spent a lot of time just talking and getting to know one another
Chapter seven

Jenny and I were spending each afternoon together and learning more about each other every day.

You think you know someone but just dating doesn’t reveal the little differences that only become evident after marriage.

By the end of two weeks we had explored most of the avenues of personality traits. I found there was nothing in her that I couldn’t put up with and that was after scrutinizing her severely.

She said she wanted my Ma to go with her to pick out a wedding dress. They left early in the morning and took the train to the big city and didn’t get home till late.

They said they looked at every dress in town. They were gushing over the dress they found and she said she couldn’t wait till I saw her in it. George and I just looked at one another and he said; “That must be a woman thing.”

I said, “I guess George and I will have to go shopping for my wedding suit.”

The women just laughed and said, ‘You can wear just any old thing for no one is going to be looking at you any way.”

George said, “Supper is on the stove, Randle and I have already eaten.”

Jenny said, “I’m so excited I couldn’t eat a bite,” and ma echoed that.

George sounded a little disappointed for he had cooked most of the meal.

The women sensed that he was hurt and said; “We had better eat so as to keep our strength up,” and they filled their plates up.

Everyone who cooks gets a good feeling when people enjoy their food and complement them on their culinary skills and George was no exception.

The next day Jenny was to return home and get on with our wedding plans. So far we hadn’t set the date other than knowing it wouldn’t be long from now. I would be following her in two more weeks when I finished my schooling.

This last year has proven to be very profitable for me.  We have studied diseases and how they can affect people. I also spent time with a vet and watched him treat the animals in his practice.

He gave me a list of periodicals that would help me keep up with the latest treatments for animals.  Since I was going to be in the cattle business I felt this knowledge would be a plus for me.

Jenny and I said goodnight to my Ma and George.  Soon after they went to bed it was apparent that they were engaged in a marriage ritual most married enjoy.

I had gone to Jenny’s room for I wouldn’t see her for two weeks which seemed to be an eternity at this stage of our relationship. She removed her clothes and put on her night wear right in front of me. She crawled into bed and said, “Why don’t you join me.”  I stripped down to my underwear and did as she had asked.

Holding her with the action going from my ma’s room was not an easy task to refrain from going further. We dropped off to sleep and it was morning when I woke up. I jumped out of bed and dressed quickly.

A short time later I was having breakfast and George spoke up and asked; “Did you sleep well last night?”

Ma was giggling and had to put her hand over her mouth to keep from busting out laughing.

I turned completely red and realized Ma had seen me in bed with Jenny.

I felt my appetite leave and a dense feeling in my stomach. I knew it would be useless to try to deny that anything happened, that we only snuggled together so I didn’t bother.

When Jenny came to breakfast Ma said, “Did you have a nice night?” To which Jenny replied; “Not near as nice as from what I heard in the next room.”

Then it was Ma’s turn to turn red. She smiled and said; “Now you hush child.”

I took Jenny to the station and she said something that made me feel good. “It was nice having you in bed with me all night.”

That threw me off guard for a moment and all I could think to say was; “I enjoyed it too and soon it will be every night.”

She smiled and said; “Yes every night.”

As the train pulled out I felt a sadness I hadn’t felt before, part of me had left and I wouldn’t be relieved until we are together again.

Little did I know this would be the last time I would see her alive.

The next two weeks were intense and the finals were going to reflect what I had learned doing my school years. I was pleasantly surprised that I was near the top of my classes.

Immediately I thought I’m smarter than I thought or my classmates aren’t as smart as I thought they were.

I decided to accept the former was true because it made me happier. I was to leave tomorrow and it was going to be harder than I thought. Leaving my ma and the man who was truly my father wasn’t easy. We went out to dinner to celebrate my emancipation from the hickory stick as the song goes.

The train had an early departure time the next day so I went to the station by myself. I had said my goodbye’s the night before so I didn’t wake the house up. I had something weighing on my mind and would deal with it at the proper time.

The trip home to the ranch was pretty much uneventful  there was a couple sailors bothering some young ladies until the conductor told them he would stop the train and put them off out on the prairie. That took care of that matter. I noticed that the young women would slip a peek at the sailors ever so often which led me to believe they weren’t as offended as they made out.

In what they call the club car there were a trio of men playing cards and they got into a fracas which led to a few punches thrown.

Then there was a drunk who threw up not too far from where I was sitting. Even after it was cleaned up you could still smell it. The meals that were served in the dining car were a bit sparse for me. I felt like ordering another meal after I finished the first one.  It wasn’t the best place for a cowboy to eat.

There was another little spat going on, apparently one woman insulted the other by saying something uncomplimentary about her hat. After a few more words and both being in a huff they turned away and didn’t speak to each other again.
After an all day and night the train was pulling into the station and I was glad to be almost home.
To Be Continued

Monday, September 19, 2016

Randle Chimes chapter 6 - We decide to get Married.

The Swimming Place was Secluded and Private We Thought !!
Chapter six

It was a week later when Luke and Jenny came over to grandpa’s place and I was in the office going over some bills when Luke came in and said he read the Pinkerton report and admitted the man who was courting Jenny had him completely fooled.

He said I owe you a debt I can never pay.

I told him he was embarrassing me for I had seen many guys as slick as him. George had shared many stories with me and he had taken me with him where some fancy man was trying to bilk some woman out of their money. I spotted him right off and it was easy to send him on his way. The word Pinkerton scared him and he was done from that point on.

Luke said he was indebted to me in any case and Jenny wanted to apologize to me also. I told him that no apology was necessary and that she needed some time to get over the shock of what she has gone through. I excused myself and left Luke with grandpa to finish their business.

I slipped out the back way and took my horse for a ride to the swimming hole where the water fall was and decided to go for a swim.

My thoughts were bothering me for I hadn’t had time to analyze my feeling about everything that had gone on.

The one thing I have not told anyone was I had a Pinkerton man check on what was going on with Jenny and when I got there I already knew what was going on and the man was a fraud.

It may have seemed like I was being presumptuous in the way I plunged right in and unveiled the man but such was not the case.  To tell Jenny I had been checking up on her may have alienated her and that was not my intent or so I have tried to convince myself.

In any case I was going swimming and off with my clothes and into the water. Getting under the waterfall was exhilarating and I was forgetting all my worries.

I heard another horse whinny and my horse answering back which told me some else knew about this swimming hole.  I ducked behind the waterfall and waited.

It was then I saw Jenny on the bank. She cried out, ‘You might as well come out for I can see you behind the falls.”

I swam out toward where she was. She started removing her clothes and said; “Don’t turn your head for I want you to see me again. You can tell me if I have changed since I was ten years old.”

I did the math in my head, she was ten and now was fifteen, I concluded she must have changed.  While this stupid thought raced through my mind she was disrobing.

Then I had to laugh and said; “What about your ma’s new rules”?

She answered, “I can’t remember them all the sudden.”

“Do you want me to remind you of what they are?” I said, and she said, “No not now maybe later.”

As she stepped into the water I thought she is perfect. Where there were two beginnings of breasts now she was completely filled out. 

She swam over to me and kissed me with a passion I had not experienced before. She said, “Can you wait till I’m eighteen to marry me?”

I was stunned and said, “I don’t think so, maybe seventeen or sixteen and a half or less.”

Feeling her naked body next to me was almost more than I could bear. I craved her desperately. 

She ducked my head under the water and said, “I think you need to cool off a bit,” to which I agreed.

She said, “I’m going to get out and dry off and put my clothes on and I suggest you do the same.”

She got out but I had to stay in the water for a while until I returned back to normal.

After we dressed we lay on the grass for what seemed to be hours. We were just holding hands and occasionally kissing.

It was late evening when we returned to her home and Luke had returned also. He said, “Where did you two get together?”

I told him we met on the way here and I decided to see her home.

He said that was a good idea while grinning all the time. I said, “Luke is Jenny’s Ma available?”

He said, “Yes let’s go into the kitchen.”

After exchanging greetings I said, “Jenny and I wish to get married next year.  We have talked it over and think that will be the best thing for us to do.”

Luke seemed to know about what had just happened.

I said, “I don’t believe in living in the past for the future and right now is the only thing that counts.”

Her mother came over and took my face in her hands and said; “You dear boy you will be like a son to me.”

Luke said, “Well if ya’ll have made up your minds then next year it is. We’ll leave you in the parlor after we eat.”  Then he said, “You can stay here tonight instead of going home in the dark, cause you need to see Jenny in the morning before she fixes herself up!” Then he laughed.

The next three and a half months were almost torturous and filled with pleasure at the same time.  She stayed over at my grandpa’s or I was at her house so we were together most of the time.

By the time it was to return to my home with Ma and George, I was worn out. Being with her at arm’s length and learning the inner workings of the ranch and added to it trying to figure out ways to make it more profitable was taking its toll.

The months rolled by slowly as I was finishing my schooling and Jenny was in finishing school.

Everyone knew the story (or some version of it) about the man she had been engaged to and they had many questions about it.  She finally wrote a juicy version of what happen and posted it on the bulletin board for all to read.

This was exciting stuff for all who read it especially when they added their imagination into the mix. She pictured me as her hero and all the girls fell in love with the story book me. They all wanted to be swept off their feet by this magnificent hunk of a man.

I felt so very inferior to the story book image of me but then who wouldn’t. They all wanted me to be their first lover who has taken them over against their weakly protest.

Jenny finished her schooling a month before I did and I insisted she come and stay with me at my ma’s home.  Upon her arrival George said I feel I know all about you for Randy has continuously talked about you day and night since he came home and told us of your wedding plans.

My mother (Martha) just hugged her while starting to cry. It took Jenny a moment to adjust to this welcome given to her but then she began to hug her back. Then they were both crying and talking through their tears while George looked on wondering about the way they greeted each other.

He said to himself, “It must be a woman thing.”

A couple of hours later I arrived home and the hug-fest started all over.  I was so glad to see her it was difficult to talk so I just stared at her in an adoring way.

“I have my afternoons free so we can see the sights, what few there are worth seeing.”

She said, “I would like to meet some of your friends. I can tell a lot about a person by meeting the people they associate with.”

I said, “Fine you can come to my classes tomorrow and meet them all but I warn you that the boys will want you and the girls will be jealous and a few will be catty.”

She laughed at that and said, “I have been going to a school for girls and they all were catty so I won’t have any trouble with them for we will have an understanding right off.”

The next day was filled with introductions and some serious studies. Jenny stayed in the library/study hall during the actual teaching for she had enough of being taught. 

Some of the girls wanted to know how she managed to land Randle and she knowing how girls think said; “I just showed what he was going to get.”

She thought that should get some of them to show their colors and waited.

One of them said; “Well I showed him what he could have and he didn’t take it.”

After that several more spoke up and confessed to the wiles they used on him. Then one said; “He didn’t turn me down, in fact he and I are regular lovers.”

This quieted down the conversation and Jenny smiled and said; “For some reason I have to doubt what you say but if it is true then let me thank you for your generous gift to him.  He should be experienced in the art of love making which can do nothing else but please me.”

The girls just stared at Jenny for she had handled that in a way no one would have expected.

Later when Jenny was alone the girl who claimed to be Randy’s lover came to her and said, “Everything I said was a lie I made it all up.”

Jenny said, “I know but I’m glad you got it off your conscience.”

They had a long talk after that with Jenny telling about her experiences at the all-girls school.  Before she was finished she had a crowd of girls standing listening.

I came on that scene and said; “I hate to break up this gossip session but we have things to do and places to go.”

The girls responded to that with a lot of innuendos and one said; “Is the bedroom on the list of places to go?”

Jenny interrupted and said; “Not right but later, you can depend on it.”

I said; “I have to get away from all you loose women before you defile me.”

He and Jenny waved goodbye to them and were off.

He said, “Well, how did you get along with these wild women?”

She said, “Fine but strange as it seems there was one or two that were jealous of me.”

I said, “Is that all? I thought there would be at least a half dozen.”

She answered, ‘No and neither was very convincing.”

I said; “Wow that is a real put down. I’m surprise that you want me after that experience.”

She said, “I guess I’m a little less demanding and try a little harder to see a bit of worth in a man.”

All I could say was; “Wow and wow.”

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Old Man and His Bible

This short story is added here - - My continued story will resume soon.


It was time for the old man to do his daily Bible reading and his attention was drawn the following scriptures.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 

The  old man stared at those words for a long time. He just couldn't get his mind to believe what he was reading. No matter how many times he read it, he couldn't make it read differently from the first time. Surely someone had made a mistake for this was too good to be true.

There it was, Ask and get, Seek and find, Knock and walk right in.

He took a sheet of paper, sat down and began to write. He listed everything he could think of that fit one of the three categories. He wrote and wrote for he had a hunger for hundreds of things.

Some of it was for himself, and some for others.

He would solve the world’s problems with just a few words. This is too good to be true. Why didn't I know about this before he thought?

Then it struck him, something has to be wrong. He decided to test it and see if it really worked.  What shall I try first? To ask? Seek or knock.

Since asking was the easiest he decided on that for the test.

Since he was old he didn't need a wife but he could use a house keeper. Yes, house keeper it is!

He struggled with how to get in an asking position. He felt anything that important should require him to be positionally correct. He finally settled upon a kneeling position and asked for a house keeper and waited. After a few minutes he got up and sat in his recliner thinking it won't hurt to be comfortable while I wait.

Some hours later he awoke with a start. He then realized it was dark and he had slept for hours and still no house keeper. Toward the end of the next week he had all but forgot about getting a house keeper.

The only thing that remained was the words written in the Bible, Ask, Seek, Knock and - - -. He studied the scripture for a long time and concluded that he didn't understand them or there was more to it than what immediately met the eye.

In seeking out other scriptures he came across John 15:5,7 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Well that puts a little different light on the subject he thought. And in verse eight; "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." The words that stood out for the old man was; "In me."

This took him to another subject; What is the meaning "in him?"

His study on this subject took him to many scriptures like "If any man be in Christ he is a new creation" and "For in him we live, and move and have our being."  

Once again he was exhausted from all his study and needed to let it rest there but in summation he concluded, one must be in union with Christ much like a vine and the branches. Then everything you do should glorify the Father and that includes what you ask for. What I ask for must have as it's purpose the glorification of the Father and that alone.

If there is also a benefit which I get to enjoy along with it, then so much the better.

He went out and started to till his garden and think on other things for he could only take so much of that which he plans to apply to himself.