Jean Alphin

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” One Day ”


In a little town where I grew up, which is called, Turata, in the state of Pennsylvania.

I was taking a walk, as I usually do.

Fall, is my favorite season, so this evening,  the surroundings was like a image on a card.

cat-in-autumn-wallpaper

 

As I was crossing  Printo Street.  I saw this beautiful young lady looking up at  a tree calling out.

“My Baby!”   “Please come down!   “Please Pumpkin, before you fall!

I looked up, and a cute orange and white kitten, was meowing….. louder and  louder.

“How did your kitten get up their?”

“My father hates cats!”   “He chased Pumpkin outside, and  she was scared.”

“Before I knew it, my baby was up in the tree. Could you please try and help me get her down?”

“I don’t know……..I’ll try!” I replied

I approached the tall tree,  looked up,and then looked back at the young  lady.

She was standing back toward the street, so she could see her kitten.

This person, I don’t know her name yet .  Is just beautiful, short and slender,with long light brown hair, pushed back into a pony-tail.  I can’t forget her big, sad brown eyes.

I better, at lease try, to help…….here I go……climbing the tree my foot was slipping a couple of times.

When I finally climbed up far enough to reached for the meowing kitten and pick her up.

Pumpkin went right on down  purring, the whole time I was holding her.

Once I reached the sidewalk, she took the kitten out of my hand,and cuddled and kissed it.

“Thank you,so much!  I don’t even know your name. Mine is Britta, what’s yours ?”

“Nice to meet you Britta!”  “My name is Anson.”

“Nice to meet you Anson.”

“My father and I are new to this neighborhood. We moved from Ohio,after my mother passed away.

My older sister Ann, just moved out of the house, not long after that.

My father Harry didn’t want to  stay in Ohio . ”  “Just to many memories.” he said

“Matter-of-fact, he wanted me to get rid of Pumpkin, before we left.”

“But I couldn’t.”

“My sister Ann, had a beautiful white cat named “Snow Rose”  Who was hit and killed by a truck, not long after Pumpkin was born.”

“So you see, I just couldn’t.”

“Why doesn’t your father like Pumpkin?”

“Like my father said, to many memories.”

“Okay Anson! ” “Enough about me,what about you ?”

“Their isn’t that much to say.”

“Oh come on…don’t be shy Anson. ” she laughed

“Okay Britta,where should I start ?”

“Anywhere, you like.”

“I grew-up in this little town , I have a sister  Nancy, who is three years older than me. She is thirty-two, and married her love, after she finished college. They live in New York, where he is from,and have one child.”

“My father passed away,when I was ten, my mother remarried five years ago,and lives in New Jersey.”

“I married,right after high school, which was stupid.”

“We both went to different colleges, she found someone she loved more than me………… after two years,we were divorced.”

“I’d like to hear more Anson, but I better get Pumpkin home.”

“Here’s my cellphone number,Britta.  If you want someone to talk to, call.”

As she took the small piece of paper, I written on.

She said, ” I will! ”  “Thanks again”

I stood their until she was out of sight.   Wow!  I thought! Hope I see her again’

It seemed like a long walk home.

 

When Britta walked in her house, carrying Pumpkin.  Her father Harry was sitting in his big chair as usual, with his can of beer.

He is six foot,with a big beer belly.bald head, and needed a shave.

“What are you doing with that kitten? Get it the hell out of here now. You can leave with it,it’s your choice.”

“But dad!”

“No buts !”  he yelled, ” Now!”

 

With tears in her eyes, she picked pumpkin up, opened the front door, and slammed the door shut.

“I’ll  fix  this kitty, I”ll go around back and put you in the basement.”

When Britta came back in,she was still crying.

“Your mean dad! ”

“I wish mom was still living.”

“Young lady, as long as, you are under my roof,your going to listen to me.”

“No wonder Ann left,she said you were mean to.”

“You go and call your Aunt Anna,and ask her if you can stay with her.”

In two years, you’ll be eighteen,until then,  I’m the mean father.”

“Now go upstairs and call her.”

Britta flew up the stairs,and picked-up the phone,and started dialing.

The phone was busy, so she waited a few minutes,and called again.

” Hello Aunt Anna.”

“Hello dear, is something wrong?  Because I know your dad, doesn’t want you to call me.”

“I know Aunt Anna….he is still drinking and being mean all the time. He told me to call you and ask you, if I can stay with you.”

“Oh My!”  “Yes Britta you can stay with me.”

“Thanks Aunt Anna, can I bring my kitten Pumpkin ?”

“No, I’m sorry, you can’t,my dear. I’m allergic to cats.”

“Oh gosh what am I going to do? ” “I can’t leave him with dad.”

“Find a friend as soon as you can, tell them your situation. I’m sure someone will come to your rescue.”

“I have a friend that I just met,his name is Anson, he likes cats. Maybe he will take care of her.”

“Alright dear, pack your belonging,and I’ll pick you up tomorrow afternoon. Please don’t bring the cat.”

“Okay Aunt Anna, I’ll call you tomorrow when I’m ready. Thank You! Good bye.”

“Britta was happy to get out of this house. She walked down stairs,to tell her father.

When Britta reach the bottom steps, she knew something was wrong with her dad.

He was slumped over the side of his big chair, Britta checked his pulse,and she couldn’t find it.

She ran upstairs and called 911……the ambulance,and E.M.T.’s came,nevertheless,they couldn’t save her dad.

Britta cried for her mom and the dad that she remembered,before her mom died.

She called her Aunt, and told her about her dad.

“Call your friend dear, and find a home for the cat. I wouldn’t want you to leave the cat in the house by itself.”

“I’ll call Anson,and call you back.”

“I am so sorry for you dear,call me back.”

Britta hung the phone up and cried so hard, she couldn’t believe this is all happening.

When she finally got herself together.

She found Anson’s number and called him.

Britta called me that night,and gave me the bad news.

“I felt so sad for her.”

Furthermore she told me about Pumpkin,and I didn’t need another animal to take care of.

But,Butch my miniature beagle probably would like the company ,while I am working.

After that thought,I told her, I’ll pick Pumpkin up and bring her home with Butch.

Britta was laughing and crying at the same time.

“Thank You So Much..you are a good person.”

After Britta gave me her address,I told her I would be over in an hour.

Britta called her Aunt back,and told her the good news.

Aunt Anna was happy for her.

“I’ll be over soon, pack your things up…I have a surprise for you.”

“I can’t wait Aunt Anna.”

“Great dear,see you than.”

Not long after that ,I arrived at Britta house. When she opened the door with Pumpkin in her arms,and tears in her eyes.

She said, “Please take him,before I change my mind.”

“I gave her a hug after I took Pumpkin out of her arms.”

On the way home, Pumpkin was scared,but I told her,her friend Butch is waiting for her.

 

A couple of days later,Britta called me,and asked how Butch and Pumpkin are getting along.

“Their both  acting  like ,  long lost friends.”

 

“The surprise my Aunt Anna had for me, was my sister Ann. She was already living with our Aunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What a Surprise!”


Several hours have pass, and no word from Nick. Something must be going on, or else he is really mad.

It was unusual to Tammy, whenever she was going for very long, he would call at least three times.   She couldn’t figure out why, last night, he didn’t call her, while she was sitting in the park….planning this escape.

Tammy looked at her gas gauge,as she was driving to her hometown.

“Oh Shit!” “I’m about to run out of gas.”” “Shit!” “Just my luck!”

“Oh Great!”  “I really plan this right, almost ready to run out of gas, with little money.  she sigh out loud.

I’m near mom’s house, which I didn’t plan on stopping by.   I don’t feel like listening to her. “I told you so!”

Instead,she pulled into the nearest gas station, took the last seven dollars out of her purse.  Got out of her car,and paid the man, put the gas in her empty tank.

Afterward, she knew what she had to do.

Tammy drove in town not far from where she was born. The town was called Minx, in PA. She didn’t think she would be back so soon.

On the corner was Minx Deli,where she worked at, right after she graduated from high school.  She was their until she started dating Nick.  He talked her into leaving their, and moving in with him.

When Tammy walked into the deli, Judy, her friend from back in school,was behind the counter.

“What’s up Tammy!”

“I came in to see Ms. Minx.. I need a job today!”

“She’s in the back, just knock at her door.”

“Thanks Judy!”

Tammy went into the back,and knocked on her door.

“Come on in Tammy.” “Shut the door behind you.”

“You don’t have to say a word Tammy,I heard you tell Judy you need a job. I wouldn’t hire you again,if I didn’t need help. I’m going to give you a second chance.”

“Thank you,thank you, Ms. Minx.”

“This is your lucky day. Don’t even think of walking out again. If you do,you better not step your foot in my Deli again. Now go out their with Judy, and help her.”

As Tammy walked back out in the Deli,she said to Judy, I’m your new co-worker.”

“Great!” “Because I need the help. I’m tired of yelling for Ms. Minx to come out and help me.”

“I have to find a place to stay. I don’t want to go back to my mom’s house. She hasn’t talked to me,since I moved in with my boyfriend.”

“You can sleep on my couch, until you get your own place.”

After Judy and Tammy closed up the Deli. Tammy got in her vehicle and followed Judy to her condo. When they both arrived at their destination. Judy showed Tammy around her condo.
While Tammy was unpacking some of her things. Judy told Tammy she would be back in a couple of hours.

“Make yourself at home, I’m going over to my boyfriend’s house for a while. He called me this afternoon, asked me to come over. He said his room-mate moved out.”

I’ll be fine Judy, go and enjoy yourself.”

As Tammy was going through her things,she couldn’t fine her good watch,that her late grandmother gave her. She didn’t have the nerve to call Nick. At the same time, she knew if she wanted it back,she would have to.

“I’ll just wait until I get enough nerve up.” sigh Tammy

Two months later, she started looking for an apartment. There were days, that Judy didn’t come to work, and nights, she didn’t come home.

One day,Judy came home and asked Tammy,if she wanted to take the condo over.

“I’m moving out of here, and moving in with my boyfriend.”

“Tammy answered, “I can stop looking for a place. Their wasn’t any that I really liked.”

A week later Judy moved out. Before she said good-by to Tammy. She stopped in her tracks.

“I almost forgot,I have something for you. Let me go out in my car and get it for you.”

When Judy came back in,she handed her a little box.

Tammy opened it,and her eyes lit up.

“How did you get my watch!”

“My boyfriend gave it to me last night for you. He said to tell you hi!”

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“Different Ways”


Clyde and Marianne was, high school sweethearts, at Strum high school, in Strum,PA.  They were always seen holding hands wherever they went. All  their friends  were envious,of their relationship.

They made a nice couple, both were of an average height,with brown hair,and green eyes,and slim.

Until Marianne decided she wanted out.

Clyde wanted to get married and start a family right after they graduated from high school.

Marianne didn’t want to be tied down, so soon.  She loved Clyde,but wanted to wait .

“I told you, I want to attend Beautician school.  There is plenty of time to get married.  You’ll be going off to college anyway.” said Marianne

Her girlfriends were out there playing the field,and were happy.She wanted to do the same,instead of being tied-down.

Marianne felt left out,so she called it quits,right after Clyde talked about getting married.

Clyde was angry at Marianne,he wanted to start a new life,with the person of his dreams.

She wouldn’t have anything to do with making  Clyde ‘s  dream come true,not now.

He really thought she wanted the same, with all the long talks they shared.

Clyde spent the summer all alone,but missing Marianne. He didn’t see or hear from her,since they left high school. It hurts him to hear different rumors,about Marianne. She is blaming him for their break-up. But at the same time,she is having the time of her life.

When the fall came,before he left for college. Clyde stopped over at Marianne house..to see her…and tell her, they could still be friends.
Before he knocked on the front door,he heard Marianne laughing. Clyde went to the side of the house,and looked in the window. Marianne was sitting on the couch….the same one they use to sit on together.
Sitting on the couch next to my friend Paul,who told me she was having the time of her life.

Clyde turned around with his head down,and walked slowly back home.

The next morning,he left for college in Ohio. That was almost two and a half years ago.

Since then,he has met another……her name is Brenda. They both plan to get married in three years.

As far as Marianne goes…Clyde has heard from back home,that she has a little boy,but the father left right after the boy was born.

Mary Lou


Mary Lou Gibbs age twenty,and her boyfriend Ned Tuft age 20,both graduated from the same high school.  Which was  called Mallow high school in the city of Theron,in Pennsylvania.

They have grown up together as kids. They  started going together in Middle school,wherever Mary Lou was, Ned wasn’t far behind. Ned and his gal could pass for brother and sister. They both had black hair,medium height and pleasantry plump. Their features were almost a like. The only differences was  Ned had brown eyes,and Mary Lou’s eyes were bluest of the sea.

They both talked often about getting marry after high school. Ned told Mary Lou if we both go to college,then they would both marry afterwards……………which they both agreed.

Marylou went to the local community college,majoring in economics. Ned major in electrical engineering, at Penn State.

Ned would come back to  Theron on the week-ends.

During the week Mary Lou and Ned would keep up on each others accomplishments.

On one special occasion, Ned didn’t come home for the week-end. There was a huge birthday party for Ned’s room mate, Jim.

Ned ask Mary Lou if she wanted to go,and she replied. “No thank you! I don’t even know your friends at Penn State.”

“Okay Mary Lou,  don’t say later I didn’t ask.”

Little did Mary Lou know, that weekend, Ned got drunk at that party. He was dancing with the ladies and having a good time. Later that night, Ned left the party with a friend.

As they were leaving ,Ned said to Jim, Sandy and I are going to finish the party  else where.

Of course,  Ned never mention to Mary Lou the next week-end about him getting drunk at the party and leaving.

Everything was going fine for about four months until Sandy called him on his cell phone.  Ned was in  the state of shock after hanging up.

When Jim walked into the dorm, he said,”What’s a matter with you? You look like you just seen a ghost.”

“Jim, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Sandy just called me and told me she was expecting. What am I’m going to tell Mary Lou? We are suppose to be getting married after graduation.”

“Just tell her the truth!”sighed Jim

Several week-ends went by and Ned didn’t go home. Mary Lou kept calling,but Ned didn’t answer.

Finally in the middle of the week,when Ned decided to call Mary Lou. After him having a couple of drinks,he felt braving.

When he called her,he slowly told her what happen the night of the party,and the results,when Sandy called him months later.

Mary Lou was stun……

“Everything is off Ned!   Don’t you ever talk to me again.” then she slammed the phone down .

“It’s my Life We’re Talking About”


Everybody needs a vacation,thought Brianna Justly.  I have a lot of thinking to do, it depends on the rest of my life.

Dustin Antin is twenty-three years old,with light brown hair that he wears short. He is 5’9″, and a little heavy. He graduated from Warlord high school, in Pucks Pa., a while ago like  his girlfriend Brianna.

Dustin has  had   several different jobs, that he didn’t like, since graduating,so he just quits. He is still living home with is parents,and his younger brother and sister.

“What the heck!”   he muttered. “I have all the time in the world to find a job.”

Brianna and Dustin started going out together about a year ago. Just about the time her mother and father were getting a divorce.

They both have been friends since school and they both have the same likes.   “Well almost”

Brianna wants to make something out of her life,she has been working and trying to save money,to go to night school,to become a nurse.

Five days a week she works at a nursing home,  sometimes six,   trying to save her money to get ahead. Nevertheless, something always comes up with Dustin,and he needs a little help.

He tells her he’ll help her out when he gets a job.

Dustin has always liked Brianna. He likes her long straight blonde hair, blue eyes,and her slender body. Maybe she weighs 90 lbs,thought Dustin, maybe some day I’ll marry her.

That’s what happened,Dustin ask Brianna to marry him. That started the fireworks.

Brianna question him right away.” You don’t even have a job, your living home with your parents and loving it. I love you Dustin, but I can’t live that way.”

“I’ll change Brianna, I love you.”

“Let me think about this,because I’m talking about my life.”

Dustin grew angry, “I’ll give you a week to think about it,and the answer better be yes.”

“We’ll see Dustin,we’ll see.

After Brianna went home,it didn’t take her long to think about it.

If Dustin is threatening me now.  What will happen if  I decide to marry him,and, I do something he doesn’t like.

She muttered to herself,  “I’m glad he brought out his bad side now.”

The next morning  when she awoke, Brianna  told her mother,what happen between her and Dustin. That her decision was to take a long vacation, maybe she wouldn’t be coming back. Her bags were all ready pack,then she loaded her car,and kissed her mother good-by. Her first stop was at her bank,she withdrew all her money,and was on her merry way,to start her new life.

Kaden Matthens


Kaden couldn’t believe that he was finally graduating. He always was a problem in school. He only had a hand-full of  friends,and they always made fun of him. That is the reason why he became the class clown, other wise he kept to himself. He had this dream of finishing school,and just disappearing.  

Kaden was seventeen, 5’5″,slim with dark brown hair,that he wore two inches above his shoulders combed back. When he wasn’t in school,he was a loner.  Kaden  didn’t have a close-knit family….His mother and father were hardly around,his two sister were married. Mostly he was home by himself,on the computer playing games,or watching the television.

Kaden had gotten a job several  months after he graduated.

Maybe a couple of times a week,  he’d  find himself going down to the restaurant around the corner. There is this new waitress,who seems very friendly,and Kaden likes her. Her name is Cindy,she is around his age, pretty and petite,with long blonde hair,and big green eyes.  They both clicked the first time they met. When she wasn’t busy,she would come over and talk to Kaden. Both seemed to have the same family environment.

Cindy’s mother and father worked all the time. Her sister Mary ,who was a couple of years older than her,moved in with her boyfriend. That left her  alone,when she wasn’t in school or working part-time.

After a while Kaden got up the guts to ask Cindy out. Cindy didn’t hesitate,she said yes right away. She was having the same feelings about Baden, as Kaden was having for her.

Sometimes Kaden would take Cindy to the movies,or they would walk to a Wendy’s and get something to eat. They mostly liked to walk to the park  nearby and stay for hours just talking. On one occasion when it was raining so hard,Kaden took Cindy to his house. He knew no one would be home,which he really didn’t care.

They both started making out and one thing lead to another. Afterward,Kaden told Cindy he was so sorry,that it happened. Cindy told Kaden,I wanted to do it as much as you did.

The next day, Kaden talked about his dream,just to disappear someday. Cindy found that exciting,just to be with Kaden. She told Kaden that she would go anywhere  in the world with him.

Not long after that,Kaden and Cindy made plans to disappear together, after she graduated. He would have to wait  several months until Cindy graduated,which was important to her,which he agreed.

The months passed quickly,the day finally  came when Cindy graduated.   Kaden told her he was very proud of her. Lets continue with our plans now.

Cindy said she had something to tell him,she kept it a secret until tonight. “I’m going to have our baby.”

Kaden couldn’t believe his ears,he was so happy.

That doesn’t change anything,I brought the tickets for the train,which is one way. Where ever it takes us. When we both decide which state,it will be our new home,to start our new family.

Off they went to the train station,arm in arm.

The Sister,That I Thought,I Knew (8)


The next morning Autumn and I got up for school.While we got dressed,Autumn was singing away. She was still in a very good mood.I told her that I wish,I could be as happy as she is,right now.
Autumn laughed,”You’ll be happy,in a couple of years.”
I said.”What do you mean by that?”
Autumn laughed again.”You’ll find out,what I’m talking about later.
We finished getting ready for school.Looked at the clock,and it was time to leave.
On the way to school,we caught up with a friend of ours Karen.We all were talking about the crazy things,that happened in school.We were all laughing so hard,that we had tears in our eyes.
When we arrived at school,I went inside. I left Karen out front,they were still talking about all the crazy things,that happened in school,this year. As I was opening the door,I noticed Ned walking up to Autumn.Karen started to walk into the building. When I closed the door,I could see Ned and Autumn talking.It looked like she was yelling at him.
After school,I walked out in front of the school.I waited for Autumn,but she didn’t show. Maybe she had to stay after class.I went back in the building to her home room. Mrs. Blink was their,so I asked her if Autumn had to stay after school. Mrs. Blink looked at me in surprise.Autumn didn’t come to school today. Yes she did,We walked together here. I left her out front talking to Ned Brisk.Well I’m sorry Faith,she wasn’t in home room this morning. Thank you, Mrs. Blink,she’s probably home already.
So I walked home by myself,I couldn’t figure this out. Where would she go? I just hope she beat me home.
When I got home,I walked in. My mother was in the kitchen.” Where’s your sister?”my mother asked. I was going to ask you the same question. I didn’t see her after school. I thought she beat me home,which was odd.
“Well you better go back out and find her. If anyone know where she’s at,it would be you.”
I’ll go look at a couple of places,but I wouldn’t know why she didn’t come home.
My mother said,”Just go,” find her, and bring her back.”

The Sister,That I Thought I Knew (6)


Autumn told Ned,”You might be afraid of my mother,but I’m not.”If that’s the way you feel about it. That’s fine with me! I’ll fine another guy,that really loves me,and isn’t afraid to see me.”
I said,”I’m sorry to hear that,maybe,it’s for the best.”
Autumn said,”I don’t know about the best part.But I’m sick and tired of mom,telling me,where I can go. Who I can or cannot see.I’m sixteen years old,I have my own mind.”
But Autumn,”We are still under mom’s roof,I’m only fifteen,and your sixteen.”
“Well,I’m going to try to do sometime about it.Chadwick can do what he wants.He even quit school..mom didn’t say anything to him. Because he is a boy!
Isn’t that what she tells us girls all the time?”
“Your right Autumn! But things should change when we get older’”
“I have to figure something out.I hate going back home,and listen to mom holler at us girls.We haven’t done anything wrong. She should be hollering at Chadwick,but no,that’s her favorite. So she let’s him do want he wants,all the time.(Because he’s a boy!)
When we arrived home,Mom said,”you both get upstairs in your room.When supper is ready,I’ll call you both down.”
When supper was ready,she called us down.Little Maxwell was sitting at the table,with a big smile on his face. He was glad to see us. I thought.”At least somebody is glad to see us.”
We all sat down and ate. Mom didn’t say anything to us. After we ate,I wash the dishes,and Autumn dried them.
After we were finished,mom said,”Now you both get back upstairs. I don’t want to see or hear, neither one of you, until tomorrow,now get upstairs

” The Sister,That I Thought, I Knew “


On a cold afternoon in November,the year was 1960. I remember my mother putting on my leggings, gloves,hat and boots. I was so happy. I was going outside and play in the backyard.When I was playing,it didn’t matter how hot or cold it got.As long as I, could be outside. My brother and sister,were in the house playing. They didn’t like the cold at all.Neither one of them,wanted,any parts of the cold.I didn’t care,I was happy.

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania,called Flint, pop.1200 In the center of town,there is a business district,the post office,grocery store,and other small businesses. We have an elementary  school,that is a couples blocks,from the firehouse. The middle and high school,is in the next, much larger town called Blunt.

We lived in an old house on the corner of Vixen Street. My father Claude,who is slim, 5’7” with black hair,cut as a man’s haircut.He has brown eyes,and he always has a stern looked on his face.He worked for the post office.

My mother Paula, is a homemaker. Mom was always cleaning,or in the kitchen,cooking us something good to eat.

She is short,and chubby,with shoulder length reddish-brown hair,and always wears it in a bun. She stayed home and took care of us kids.

My brother Chadwick,,who’s a carbon copy of our father.

My sister Autumn,has the same color of hair,and eyes like mom. But she’s 5’7” and slender,and looks like our father.

My name is Faith,I’m the youngest,5’2”,with long light brown hair,slender,and I have blue eyes.

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