Chapter 10

Cline at WSM studios in Nashville, Tenn. in 1963

Henry pulled into the bowling alley parking lot. He had been here a few times. Went bowling with friends, but bowled so bad he never went back. When he walked inside it was pretty quiet.

He could smell coffee coming from the little cafe on the side. He head a few pins being knocked down. As he looked out over the lanes, he saw one family sharing some time together. He thought, that could be me and my kid some day.

Other than the family of bowlers he didn’t see anyone else. He walked over to the cafe and grabbed a cup of coffee and put his dime in the money cup. He took it over to the red table and sat down. Wonder who runs this place. They on vacation?

A bald man came out of the back office. He had a big gut and the bottom button was left undone. Probably too fat to get it buttoned. The guy noticed Henry sitting there and walked up to him.

“Can I help you kid”? Henry stood up and extended his left arm out. Shaking hands Henry said, ” I  heard you are looking for a set-up man. I came right over when I heard about it. Are you still looking for someone”?

Carl, the owner said, “Ya, I am still looking, who’s interested”?

“I am. I need some more money. Got a kid coming on the way and I need more hours. I work over part-time at the grocery store bagging groceries. It is an ok job, but won’t do enough for me”, Henry said.

“You got your girl knocked up huh kid. Pretty stupid thing to do if you ask me, but who’s asking? This job pays every week. It is a late-nite job. You come in around 7 and you work until we close at midnite. It pays sixty cents an hour. You interested”?

“I sure am sir. When can I start”?

“How about tonight? My name is Carl but you can call me boss”. Henry reached out his hand and shook on  the deal with Carl and putting his hat back on he turned and left, yelling back at the guy, “See ya tonight and thanks”.

Henry was smiling and whistling his way to his car. He had done it. He had landed himself another part-time job. With these two jobs he now had a full-time job. Wait til I tell Jane and the guys.

He got in his car and took off a little faster than he should. Dirt scattered in the parking lot. He saw a cop sitting on the next corner but he must have been eating his donut as he didn’t do a thing.

He went over to Jane’s house and jumped out of the car and raced to the house. Banging on the door, it wasn’t long before it opened, with Jane standing there. Henry grabbed her by the waist and picked her up and swung her around. She started giggling and telling him,” put me down Henry. Right now”. Henry ignored her as he continued to swing her.

“I got another job doll. I am going to be working over at the bowling alley. Going to be a night job. I am going to bag groceries through the day and then go set-up pins at night”. Jane’s face went from giggles to frowns.

“When we going to have time to see each other Henry? If you work day and night when you going to fit me in”? Henry let her down and tried to think of the perfect answer. He didn’t want any fighting to start. He knew what he was doing was the right thing.

“Oh doll, you know I will be with you every minute I can. You know how much I love you. We are going to have to help mom and dad out when we start staying there. We can’t expect them to feed us every meal can we? This way we can have time together alone. We can go to the restaurant and get a burger, then we can go to our special spot and be together”. He winked at her and she recognized that wink. Sex, is that all men ever think about? Isn’t that how I got myself in this position, by having sex?

Jane smiled at him. She knew in her heart that he was right, but she was going to miss him. “So, when you going to start this new job”?

“Tonight at 7. Maybe you can come over and see me on my break. I got to get going doll. I have to be at work in in a few hours and I’m starving”. With this, he reached down and squeezed her real hard placing a hard kiss on her lips. She gasped for air, but when he turned around to wave as he was leaving he saw that smile. Her smile melted his heart every time he saw it. “Remember, next Saturday, you and me, getting hitched”. Jane had no time to respond as he climbed in his car and spinning his tires took off.

He drove home with his radio cranked. Patsy Cline was singing Crazy, and Henry thought to himself, ya crazy, crazy for you doll. He pulled in the drive and went inside. His mom was washing dishes and she smiled at him as he entered the room. As he was getting some ham out of the refrigerator, he said,”I got a job mom. I mean I got another job to go along with my baggers job. You won’t have to worry about me and Jane living here as much now mom. We won’t be any problem. We will try to find our own food to eat so you and dad won’t have to worry about your budget”.

He got the bread out and the ketchup and made himself two sandwiches. He poured himself a tall glass of milk and sat down at the table to eat. Carol remarked,” Honey you aren’t going to be any problem. It’s that girl you are going to have living here. I worry how she and I are going to get along. Does she talk much? You know I have my own routine and I don’t want someone yakking in my ear all day”.

“Ah mom, don’t worry. Jane’s quiet. She will stay out of your way. She will probably sleep a lot being pregnant. You won’t even know she is here”. With that his mom came over and tugged on his ear and smiled down at him. Then she turned and left the kitchen, the dishes being done.

Chapter 8

There wasn’t any conversation while Jane and Henry waited for the food to arrive. Once it

English: Lovers Lane A view looking to the sou...

came they both dug in. Their appetites were big, coming from the stress of having to tell the truth.

Once they were down to only drinking their malt Henry turned towards Jane and said, ” It won’t be so bad doll. Hell, I have lived with my parents forever. I just tune them out. We need a place to live. I promise you, I am going to look for a better job first thing in the morning. Trust me babe, it’s going to be alright”.

Jane replied,” Henry, I don’t know if I can pull this off. I love you but,living with your parents, your mom? I don’t want to be without you so I will give it a try, just for you”. The two finished off their drink and he started the car letting the waitress know they were ready to leave.

He drove them up to lover’s lane. It was a windy road that ran around the lake. It was made of dirt and not much traffic. He turned the car off and got out of the car. He walked around and opened her door. The two of them grabbed a blanket from the trunk and walked until they found a nice soft spot of grass and spread the blanket out.

He sat and pulled her to him. He kissed her lips and as he was kissing her neck, he unbuttoned her shirt and unhooked her bra. She took her cue and laid down on the blanket. He followed her grabbing a hold of her swollen breasts and began to kiss them, cupping them in his hands. He bit the tips causing a hardness to form in her nipples and in his pants.

He ran his hands over her belly, leaving it rest for a moment where the baby was growing. He then lowered his hand and ran it down the length of her legs and then back up to the garden of love. She arched her body to him, inviting him to go deeper. He fondled her and stirring desires from deep within her, he continued until she could take no more. She screamed with passion and grabbed a hold of his manhood and led it deep into her flowering garden.

He wasted no time as he rose above her and let himself slowly slip in taking her for his own. The two rose to another level of sanity as they were no longer able to keep their senses under control. Moments later, they laid on their backs gazing up at the millions of stars. He said, “Was it as good for you as it was for me”? Jane rolled over on her side next to him, and touched his lips saying,” hush, let’s not ruin the moment.”

After they had laid there for a while in each others arms, Henry got up and said, ” We better get going. I have to get to bed early so I can look for a new job tomorrow.” The two gathered the blanket and tossed it back in the trunk. When he pulled up in front of her house, he leaned over and gave her a peck on her cheek and then she got out of the car waving at him.

On his way to his own house he thought about her living with his mom. Anxiety rose inside of him at the thoughts of anyone but him being able to live with his mom. She was not the most friendly mom, but for now he would make sure it worked. Where am I going to get more work or a better job? I work at  the bowling ally now sitting pins. I like it but it isn’t enough to pay for a baby. He pulled out a cigarette and lit it. Taking a big puff on it and letting rings roll off of his lips, he sat in the drive way thinking before he walked in to who knew what.

After he smoked he got out and went in. His parents were still sitting in front of the television. They looked up at him as he closed the door behind him and headed for his room. As he was taking two steps at a time his dad called out to him.” Got any ideas how you are going to handle this? Got any money saved up Henry”?

Henry stopped and turned towards his dad and said matter of fact,” I am going to take care of it first thing in the morning. Don’t worry dad, I am not going to mess up or ask anything from you.” With this he turned and went to his room. His dad went back to watching television.

The next morning Henry woke earlier than usual and the first thing on his mind was money. He took a shower and went to the kitchen and poured himself a bowl of cereal. His mom was sitting at the table drinking her coffee. As he sat down to eat, Carol said,” Son we don’t talk too much about serious things, but make sure you take care of this problem. Don’t let yourself end up like your mother”.

Henry asked,” Like you? What, did you get yourself knocked up before you were married too?” His mother started to shed a tear and hung her head. She said, ” I thought I was in love. I let the guy convince me that our love was forever. I ended up pregnant. My parents had a fit and kicked me out. I had nowhere to go and I had nothing with me except the clothes on my  back. I ended up walking to my girlfriend’s house. I guess from the crap going on in my life, it caused me to lose the baby. Now that I look back, it was actually a blessing. No parents, no boyfriend, no baby”.

Henry went over and gave his mom a hug. This was something the two had not shared since he was a child. He told her, ” don’t worry mom. I got it under control. With you and dad helping us out by letting us stay here, it will help. I am going out now to find a better job.”

Carol patted his hand and dried her tears. “Please don’t ever mention this to your dad Henry. I never told him.” He looked at her and for the first time understood his mom a lot better. He thought, no wonder she is always in a bad mood. She has carried this deep dark secret for a long time. He said, ” don’t worry mom, it’s our little secret,” and with this he left the house to job hunt.

With God, There Comes Peace

Last night another walk was taken

The three reasons I love to walk, are the fact that I can spend time with my family. Watching my grandson delight in nature places many smiles on my face. He thrills at squirrels that he sees, or baby bunnies. He races down the boardwalk as fast as his little legs will carry him. He spends much energy, that helps his parents to place him to bed easier that night. When we get a chance to see life through a child’s eyes, we can ponder on how we, ourselves lost part of our innocence, by worrying about tomorrow. Caiden lives for the moment. I need to practice this more often myself. A child does not know tomorrow. There are no schedules for him, no work to go to, no bills to worry about. Of course, we do have to be responsible adults, and make sure to pay the piper, but if we could trust God as much as this little boy trusts moment to  moments, we would be so much happier and have much more peace.

The second thing I love about walking, is it draws me closer to God. How can I look around at the beauty, and not realize that this comes from our perfect father in heaven. Everything God has ever done has been perfect. Even in a natural setting , where people have not touched its virgin land, everything is perfectly balanced. This is a time for me to thank God for all that I have. It is a time to cast my worries to the winds, and instead concentrate only for the moment, between God and me.

The third reason I love the walks is the opportunity to take photos. One of the photos I took last night, I already made a blog of it, placing a poem about the photo. I was brought so much peace and love from it, I had to share it with you immediately.  Nature photos are my favorite to take. When I look back at them, a peace comes over me, and for a few short moments, I am lost in my own time. If I can be given so much peace from one photo I have taken, can you imagine the peace we all could have if we turned all of our problems and life over to God?