The Church service was rather boring to
Denise, after the singing was over. Denise
enjoyed the singing, especially the special
songs that were sung solo or by a group.
They were more modern and entertaining!
But, the preaching was making Denise
sleepy and she and Nancy had to take turns
pinching each other to stay awake, then
they would almost start giggling, right there
in Church! But they made through the
service and they left the Church with
Denise’s folks and dropped Nancy off at her
house as Denise eagerly anticipated the
afternoon rendezvous with Jon.
When they arrived at home, Denise began
setting the table for lunch and assisting her
mom in getting the food on the table. Doris
always planned ahead. She had been taught
well by her mother and was intent on
passing it on to her daughter.
After lunch, Todd, Denise’s younger brother,
reluctantly helped her with the dishes. He
wanted to go to a friend’s house on the next
block for a game of baseball with the guys,
but Mom had insisted that he help Denise
with the dishes, first!
Doris and Tom retired to the bedroom to
rest, Tom with the newspaper and reading
glasses and Doris with her new novel. Mom
loved to read, Denise reflected. Denise
enjoyed reading too, except when she saw
there were more exciting things to do, such
as meet with Jon this afternoon!
When the dishes were finally done and Todd
had gathered his baseball, cap and glove, he
headed out the door. Denise scrubbed the
sink and put up the dishcloth dutifully and,
after glancing out the side door to Jon’s
back yard, hurried to her room. She quickly
surveyed herself in the mirror before going
out to meet Jon.
It was such a beautiful spring-like day! The
sun was shining bright and warm, again, and
there was hardly any wind blowing. The
grass was already greening up from the
recent rains and the fruit trees in the
backyard were covered with blossoms,
sending a sweet fragrance into the air.
Denise had heard her dad say that there
probably wouldn’t be much fruit this year,
the trees were blooming too early and would
probably be killed by the late frost. But, it
was a beautiful day!
Denise chose a sunny spot away from the
trees, but near the chain-link fence which
separated the two yards and began opening
out a webbed lounge chair and reclining,
tuned in her favorite radio station on the
portable stereo. She adjusted the volume to
avoid disturbing her resting parents, and
glanced anxiously to the River’s house for a
sign of Jon.
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She could hardly wait for that handsome
hunk to come out! She couldn’t believe her
luck, getting all his attention like this! No
longer did she regard her mother’s warning
about him, if she ever had, now that she
knew he was a really super guy! A girl could
just tell about things like that. The sooner
Mom and Dad realized it, the better. She
would have to work on that!
Jon peeked out his bedroom window
through which he could view the Whitaker’s
backyard as well as his own. Yes, there she
was. Gosh, he had lucked out in getting to
move next door to her! He hadn’t wanted to
move away from his friends in California,
but, here he was, at his family’s insistance.
He had moved into a new neighborhood, in a
small town, among relatives he had never
known, starting a new school in the middle
of his senior year, and having to make all
new friends. Well, since he had no choice in
the matter, he may as well make the best of
The worst part of it all was having to leave
Carolyn behind. His mom and dad didn’t like
him seeing her at all and Jon suspected
that probably was the reason for the drastic
Carolyn was a model, five years older than
Jon, but so what? They got along just great.
And she was so much fun and made him
feel so mature, much more than just
seventeen. She had told him he could pass
for twenty-one and he had, several times,
with the fake I.D. she had gotten for him.
She took him to parties and clubs in San
Diego, near where they lived and introduced
him to her friends. Carolyn was always
coming up with something exciting to do. So
what, if he drank with the others, and got a
little crazy? They had talked about getting a
place together when Jon finished school. Of
course, his parents would have a fit about
Jon had promised Carolyn that as soon as
he graduated and was on his own, he’d be
back. She was making good money as a
model, but, of course, he’d have to get a job
too. Carolyn suggested that she could
probably get him a job with her company
after his eighteenth birthday, which would
be soon after graduation. This company was
strict about your age. Well, he felt like
twenty-five after hanging around with
Carolyn’s crowd. He’d learned an awful lot.
Pretty street-smart! he thought proudly.
But, while he was here,(which wouldn’t be
long, the way he figured it!), Denise was an
interesting diversion. And he could tell she
was falling for him, hook, line and sinker!
Well, he could enjoy the time he had to be
here. He would just keep Carolyn and his
plans to himself until the time came and if
Denise got her feelings hurt, oh, well! He
wasn’t going to make any promises to her
anyway. Let her think what she wanted!
Jon sauntered out the back door, smiling.
“Hi! Been out here long?”
After all the verses in the chapter had been
read aloud, Mr. Thompson began to teach on
those things. He talked about sin, being
separated from God because of the sin
nature, being ‘born again’, the Lord’s
returning and not being ashamed of Him at
None of this seemed to mean anything to
Denise. She wanted to believe, she told
herself, but how can you believe something
like that? It sounded like science-fiction to
her. Denise wondered if there really was a
God. Could there really be someone ‘up
there’ who really loved her? Then why did
Mom and Dad believe it?
But, deep inside, Denise wanted very much
to believe there was a loving God that knew
all about her, loved her anyway and could
help her be good. Then her thoughts drifted
back to Jon. Well, if this stuff was true and
if there really was a God, she guessed He
wouldn’t understand about her lying to her
parents. Maybe it was better if there wasn’t
a God, she concluded.