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sure I wanted to be a farmer the rest of my life though I didn’t tell my Pa
was a farmer but he also was a lawyer. He began to talk to me about becoming a
lawyer and setting up a practice in the town with him. I had got good grades in
school so I could enroll in college and study to become a lawyer but I didn’t
know how Pa would take it.
When we got
the crops in I started working for Abby’s father in his office doing whatever
needed doing. He gave me several books to start me off on my journey to
becoming filled with legalese. He got me enrolled in a nearby college and it
was full time hitting the books when I wasn’t in class. I was doing pretty well
at understanding how the law worked except where it didn’t seem logical. Of
course there was the learning a lot of words I never heard before and their
meaning was another hill to climb.
I managed to
see Abby when I could but it wasn’t actually enough to satisfy me or her. Our
times in the parlor were heating up and I kept wanting to put my hands all over
her. Then I got the surprise of my life so far. Her father called me into his
office which was unusual for he normally just talked to me in the outer office.
He told me to sit down and began the conversation by saying;“I see
you are doing very well in your classes even though you are carrying a heavy
load.” I didn’t answer that for I was wondered what was coming next. I had
found when people come to a pause and don’t speak for a time it wasn’t good. I
didn’t know if he was setting me up for a big letdown or what? He went on saying your semester is finished in
two weeks and you can work here full time until classes start again in the fall
unless you have other plans.
I said I was hoping to take two weeks off and help
put in the crops on the farm. He said can’t they manage without you? I replied
yes they could but they could use the help and I need to have a change for a
few days. He said it would be alright for the two weeks but after that he
wanted me back on the job. I agreed to that and then he said the thing he
wanted to discuss was something else.
He said I
noticed you have been getting pretty personal with Abby. I thought whoa, I’m
going to get it. I knew I was going a little further than maybe I should but
for some reason it didn’t seem wrong. I don’t know just how to put it other
than to say; “I wanted her completely in the best way.”
interrupted my thinking by saying if you are serious about Abby perhaps it is
time to talk about you marrying her. This was the one thing I didn’t think we
would be talking about this afternoon. He said I have spoken to Abby about this
and it seems she is ready to take you as her husband. I truly was at a loss for
something to say but what came out was, “That would be nice.”
dreamed of this for years but my expectations were way down the road if ever.
The reason for that mind set was I knew how proud he was of her and he preferred
her to find someone more sophisticated than a farm boy, even if he had okayed
me sitting the parlor. It was one thing to come and sit with her and another to
be her husband.
regained my composure and said I would be proud and honored to have her as my
wife and I knew she could have done far better in some respects although no one
could love her more than I do. He said come for dinner tonight and we will make
it final. I said I would be there and looking forward to the evening.
Since this was
going to be the happiest day of my life so far I took a bath before going to
the dinner. When I arrived I put my horse in the barn for I wasn’t sure how
long I would be there and I might just spend the night.
Abby answered my knock
at the door and she grabbed me and kissed me for a long time until her mother
called from somewhere saying if that is Roy then bring him on in.
parlor we sat down and had some lemonade. As we were sitting there Abby was
fidgeting and I was sweating as we exchanged some niceties. Her father said
dinner is almost ready but we have some business to take care of before we eat.
I didn’t know how much more of this I could stand so I just blurted out; sir I
would like to marry your daughter as soon as possible. Everything was so quiet
we could hear each other breathing.
After what seemed to be an hour he and
Abby’s mother looked at each other and started to smile and said welcome to the
family son. We stood up and shook hands and hugged each other. I took Abby’s
hand and slipped a ring on her finger and kissed her for the first time in
front of her folks.
That was the
best supper I ever had and her Pa said I could stay in the bunk house instead
of riding back to town for the night was dark with no moon shining. After her
folks went to bed Abby slipped out to the bunk house and we kissed many times.
I felt freer to be a little more personal now the ring was on her finger and
was anxious for the wedding to be over. At breakfast we laid out a schedule for
the wedding to happen. It was one more week of school, two weeks working on the
farm getting the crops in and a week later, “The Wedding.”