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The next day
Robert thanked his Ma and Pa for all their kindness to him.
He said, "Whatever I
become I will owe it all to you for you saved me from a life of misery."
mention Justin for he didn’t want to bring up a bad memory. What had happened
was too fresh in their minds and it still hadn’t had time to fully soak in.
had a car he could have continued to stay at his folks place but he felt it was
time to move on.He figured it wouldn’t
be long before Justin and Cindy would be moving in with his folks for there was
no way he could support a wife and child.
into a dorm room which he shared with another guy.His new roommate, Jim was more laid back than
Robert was and he figured they would have plenty of time for study and in
Robert’s case, work.
saved up some money but was short of what was needed for his whole education.
After Jim’s folks met Robert they helped him get a good paying job working in a
ware house. The job and hours fit right in to Robert’s schedule so he was set
months there was a break so Robert went to see his folks for the day. While
walking from the station he met his former girlfriend and she was quite big.
She showed him a ring and said she was married.
He asked her
how much longer before the baby would be born. She said two months.
her who she married and how did he feel about the baby not being his?
“He don’t know it isn’t his.I used the
same trick I tried to use on you and with him he didn’t know the
difference.When I told him he had
gotten me pregnant he insisted we get married right away.”
know it couldn’t possibly be his?”
answered, “No he doesn’t know anything about how long it takes to have a
baby.One of the guys where he works
suggested it wasn’t his and received a good beating for his remarks. After that
no one else has said anything about it not being his child.”
“Well one way or another it will be his and he can love and care for it which
is the main thing after all.”
“It is going to be his. He works at the ice plant and handles those huge blocks
of ice. It is a cool place to work in the summer. When it gets hot around here,
I just go down to the ice house and cool off, sometimes for the whole
he had to go but it was good to see she had found someone.
goodbye and she was sorry it couldn’t have been him.
didn’t answer as he walked away but thought no matter what it would never have
been for she wasn’t the one for him.
finally decided to get degrees in design engineering and business
administration. It turned out to be a full load and the only time he had to
himself was on Saturday night.
going to the dances again and the break was just what he needed. Robert
convinced Jim to go with him to the dances and he just sat and watched.
started calling him wall flower. Then he asked him if he knew how to dance and
he said, “Sure, I just feel strange holding onto a girl.”
“How did you
learn all the steps if you didn’t dance with a girl?”
He said, “My
mother had a woman come in and she taught us. She wasn’t what you would call a
girl for she was old enough to be my grandmother. Then I had to dance with my
sisters and they don’t count as being a girl if you know what I mean.”
him to get up and walk over with him to where the women were waiting to be
asked for a dance.
He said, “We
need two lovely young ladies to move to the music with us. I’m Robert and this
is Jim. He is the better dancer so one of you grab him before someone else
As the music
began one of the girls had already picked Jim and had him out on the floor and
he was dancing up a storm. It must have been the beat of the music for he
forgot all of his inhabitations and the girls loved him.
We went out
and had a sandwich and a drink with a couple of the girls and then walked them
home. They asked if we would be at the dance next week and Jim said, “Yes we
will be there.”
On the way
to our dorm Robert said to Jim; “Looks to me like old granny did a pretty good
job of teaching you all the steps.”
“Well it isn’t that I don’t know how to do all the dances I’m just easily
him, “A couple of more dances and you will have a permanent girlfriend if I’m
any judge.Robert asked if he liked
either one of the girls we walked home and he said, “I’ll let you know after a
couple more spins around the floor.”