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The Day I Went Home - Part V
by Barbara Lynn Terry

Chapter VII - Dinner At Lisa's House.

Dinner was going to be roast beef, cooked carrots, mashed potatoes, milk for us, coffee for the adults and apple crumb cake for dessert. Lisa cut the carrots, Sharon cut the potatoes and rinsed them. Then Sharon put them in a sauce pan to boil. With the potatoes boiling, and the carrots waiting to be boiled, Ronnie's mother put the roast beef in the oven. The carrots would be heated up just shortly before the roast beef was ready.

While the roast beef was broiling, Lisa and the other girls sat in the kitchen and talked.

"So, we were talking about how boys are so rough. They don't seem to be too concerned about the way they look."

"You are so right, Sharon. When you get older you will find that men are just over grown boys, for the most part. They always have to be hitting each other when they tell a joke they think is funny, passing gas in public, burping without holding their hand over their mouths and saying excuse me. If you look at your classmates, you will notice a dissheveled look in their clothes, their hair and being vulgar in the way they talk."

"I noticed that some of the boys in school wear those jeans that look like their falling off of their butts. Why would they wear something like that?"

"I don't know, Lisa," Ronnie's mother answered. "I know that in my day, they would have been told to pull their pants up." Everybody giggled. "I'm not sure if they think that is cool or if it is something to do with being in a gang. I remember when we didn't have to worry about gangs like we do today."

"There are boys in our school who give other boys money and they hand them something. I never saw what it was they were getting."

"Next time you see that, Sharon, tell one of the teachers or maybe even the principal. They may be paying for drugs."

"Alright. I will make sure I tell someone."

"Sharon how old are the boys who is getting the money?"

"They are older than we are. I think they're in high school."

"Alright, girls. The next time you see this, go and get a teacher. Let them know what is going and who is doing it."

"We don't know who they are, but they are in our school everyday, just before the bell rings for the end of the day. So, if we see him, we will let a teacher know."

"That is good. You don't have to know their names. Just let a teacher know what they are doing." Ronnie's mother added.

"Who is ready for dessert?"

Everybody said, "me", and the apple crumb cake was served.

"So, what are you girls going to do after dinner?" Lisa's mother asked.

"I thought we would just hang out and listen to music," Lisa said.

"Alright. I'm going to talk to the other mothers here and then go home. I will come up and give you a kiss and a hug."

The girls went to Ronnie's room to listen to music. They were dancing to the music and having a good time. Ronnie stoppeed dancing an went and got her mother's nail polish.
"Lisa, it is time to do your nails. Sit right here," Ronnie said, pointing to the edge of her bed. "Now, my mom always files her nails before she puts the polish on.

"There are three bottles here. One is a base coat that is put on after you are done preparing the nail, as mother puts it. When the base coat is dry, she puts on the polish. She puts on two coats of polish and lets that dry. Then she puts on what is in this bottle, called a top coat. So, what say we get started?"

"There sure is a lot to go through to be a girl," Lisa said, playfully.

"Mother says that being a girl is a full time job." All the girls giggled.

Ronnie started filing Lisa's nails, when Ronnie's mother came in the room.

"Here, let me show you."

Ronnie's mother took the emory board nail file and began to shape Lisa's finger nails. Then she watched as Ronnie put on the base coat, then the polish. Her mother didn't correct her, letting Ronnie make a few mistakes. Nothing serious, just a little polish on the skin around the nail.

When Ronnie was finished doing Lisa's nails, her mother dabbed around the nail on each finger, using her finger nail, too, then wiping off the nail polish that Ronnie got on Lisa's skin. She told Lisa to hold them near the fan so her nails could dry.

"You did a good job, Ronnie," her mother said, with a beaming smile. "You keep doing this and you will become perfect. Doing nails, makeup and hair takes practice, but soon you will see, you will be doing it automatically. You did very good just now. Keep up the practice."

"Thank you, mother."

After Lisa's nails had dried, the girls all got in to their pajamas and nightgowns, whatever each one was wearing. Then they decided to go downstairs and watch television. This first night of the sleepover was to have fun. Each of the girls liked watching the late show and the late, late show. Tomorrow was Saturday and Saturday night was when they had the late show, the late, late show and the late, late, late show. The late show tonight was Dracula followed by The Wolfman. It promised to be a good night of fun.

All the girls agreed that Bela Lugosi was absolutely terrifying as Count Dracula. He had that horrifying look in his eyes. They were all cheering for Van Helsing to get rid of the Count once and for all.

When the movie was over, they had enough time to get another snack, or, at least something to drink. The next movie was the Wolfman with Lon Chaney, Jr., as the wolfman. His alter ego, Larry Talbot, had a lot of inner guilt because he knew that every full moon, he turned into a killing beast. The girls screamed at the dramatic places in the movie, and they sat there with their eyes transfixed to the television.

When the late, late show was over, they turned off the television and went to bed. It wasn't five minutes before they were all sleeping in the same bed. They figured that no bogey man would dare come near them if they were with each other. So, all three slept in the same double bed.

In the morning, they all went to their own rooms to get their clothes out for the day. Ronnie was the first one to take her bath. After she was finished, she went to her room, with the bath towel around her. Lisa was next, and then it was Sharon's turn.

After their baths, the girls, completely dressed, went to the kitchen for breakfast. Veronica's mother was already in the kitchen, making eggs, sausage, hash browns and Ronnie poured the milk and juice.

As they sat there, eating, they talked about what they were going to do for the day. Ronnie wanted to have a fashion show. Sharon said they could have a fashion show, as well as dance to music and talk. The girls all agreed that that would be a full day.

Saturday proved to be an even greater day of fun, because the girls were going shopping. Ronnie's mother said she needed a dress for Sunday's dinner at the church. The church that Ronnie and her mother went to, had a Sunday dinner in the church basement's rec room.

The Day I Went Home - Part V
by Barbara Lynn Terry

Chapter VII - Dinner At Lisa's House.

Dinner was going to be roast beef, cooked carrots, mashed potatoes, milk for us, coffee for the adults and apple crumb cake for dessert. Lisa cut the carrots, Sharon cut the potatoes and rinsed them. Then Sharon put them in a sauce pan to boil. With the potatoes boiling, and the carrots waiting to be boiled, Ronnie's mother put the roast beef in the oven. The carrots would be heated up just shortly before the roast beef was ready.

While the roast beef was broiling, Lisa and the other girls sat in the kitchen and talked.

"So, we were talking about how boys are so rough. They don't seem to be too concerned about the way they look."

"You are so right, Sharon. When you get older you will find that men are just over grown boys, for the most part. They always have to be hitting each other when they tell a joke they think is funny, passing gas in public, burping without holding their hand over their mouths and saying excuse me. If you look at your classmates, you will notice a dissheveled look in their clothes, their hair and being vulgar in the way they talk."

"I noticed that some of the boys in school wear those jeans that look like their falling off of their butts. Why would they wear something like that?"

"I don't know, Lisa," Ronnie's mother answered. "I know that in my day, they would have been told to pull their pants up." Everybody giggled. "I'm not sure if they think that is cool or if it is something to do with being in a gang. I remember when we didn't have to worry about gangs like we do today."

"There are boys in our school who give other boys money and they hand them something. I never saw what it was they were getting."

"Next time you see that, Sharon, tell one of the teachers or maybe even the principal. They may be paying for drugs."

"Alright. I will make sure I tell someone."

"Sharon how old are the boys who is getting the money?"

"They are older than we are. I think they're in high school."

"Alright, girls. The next time you see this, go and get a teacher. Let them know what is going and who is doing it."

"We don't know who they are, but they are in our school everyday, just before the bell rings for the end of the day. So, if we see him, we will let a teacher know."

"That is good. You don't have to know their names. Just let a teacher know what they are doing." Ronnie's mother added.

"Who is ready for dessert?"

Everybody said, "me", and the apple crumb cake was served.

"So, what are you girls going to do after dinner?" Lisa's mother asked.

"I thought we would just hang out and listen to music," Lisa said.

"Alright. I'm going to talk to the other mothers here and then go home. I will come up and give you a kiss and a hug."

The girls went to Ronnie's room to listen to music. They were dancing to the music and having a good time. Ronnie stoppeed dancing an went and got her mother's nail polish.
"Lisa, it is time to do your nails. Sit right here," Ronnie said, pointing to the edge of her bed. "Now, my mom always files her nails before she puts the polish on.

"There are three bottles here. One is a base coat that is put on after you are done preparing the nail, as mother puts it. When the base coat is dry, she puts on the polish. She puts on two coats of polish and lets that dry. Then she puts on what is in this bottle, called a top coat. So, what say we get started?"

"There sure is a lot to go through to be a girl," Lisa said, playfully.

"Mother says that being a girl is a full time job." All the girls giggled.

Ronnie started filing Lisa's nails, when Ronnie's mother came in the room.

"Here, let me show you."

Ronnie's mother took the emory board nail file and began to shape Lisa's finger nails. Then she watched as Ronnie put on the base coat, then the polish. Her mother didn't correct her, letting Ronnie make a few mistakes. Nothing serious, just a little polish on the skin around the nail.

When Ronnie was finished doing Lisa's nails, her mother dabbed around the nail on each finger, using her finger nail, too, then wiping off the nail polish that Ronnie got on Lisa's skin. She told Lisa to hold them near the fan so her nails could dry.

"You did a good job, Ronnie," her mother said, with a beaming smile. "You keep doing this and you will become perfect. Doing nails, makeup and hair takes practice, but soon you will see, you will be doing it automatically. You did very good just now. Keep up the practice."

"Thank you, mother."

After Lisa's nails had dried, the girls all got in to their pajamas and nightgowns, whatever each one was wearing. Then they decided to go downstairs and watch television. This first night of the sleepover was to have fun. Each of the girls liked watching the late show and the late, late show. Tomorrow was Saturday and Saturday night was when they had the late show, the late, late show and the late, late, late show. The late show tonight was Dracula followed by The Wolfman. It promised to be a good night of fun.

All the girls agreed that Bela Lugosi was absolutely terrifying as Count Dracula. He had that horrifying look in his eyes. They were all cheering for Van Helsing to get rid of the Count once and for all.

When the movie was over, they had enough time to get another snack, or, at least something to drink. The next movie was the Wolfman with Lon Chaney, Jr., as the wolfman. His alter ego, Larry Talbot, had a lot of inner guilt because he knew that every full moon, he turned into a killing beast. The girls screamed at the dramatic places in the movie, and they sat there with their eyes transfixed to the television.

When the late, late show was over, they turned off the television and went to bed. It wasn't five minutes before they were all sleeping in the same bed. They figured that no bogey man would dare come near them if they were with each other. So, all three slept in the same double bed.

In the morning, they all went to their own rooms to get their clothes out for the day. Ronnie was the first one to take her bath. After she was finished, she went to her room, with the bath towel around her. Lisa was next, and then it was Sharon's turn.

After their baths, the girls, completely dressed, went to the kitchen for breakfast. Veronica's mother was already in the kitchen, making eggs, sausage, hash browns and Ronnie poured the milk and juice.

As they sat there, eating, they talked about what they were going to do for the day. Ronnie wanted to have a fashion show. Sharon said they could have a fashion show, as well as dance to music and talk. The girls all agreed that that would be a full day.

Saturday proved to be an even greater day of fun, because the girls were going shopping. Ronnie's mother said she needed a dress for Sunday's dinner at the church. The church that Ronnie and her mother went to, had a Sunday dinner in the church basement's rec room.



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