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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)

TITLE: Equality of the Sexes
By Pam Ford Davis
01/19/12


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I have often heard of blushing brides; my sweetie is proof positive there is equality of the sexes. My hubby and I have lived in many different states in our forty plus years of marriage before retirement, and returning to his hometown to be near his mother. He is an extrovert’s extrovert, friendliest person I have ever known! He could easily be mistaken for a politician rounding up votes, consistently starts up conversations with strangers and with ease coaxes smiles from some resigned to frown forever. The man loves to reminisce and shares a lot of what he calls war stories of his past.

He never served in any branch of the military. Mr. Personality just throws around the term war stories because he, as many a veteran, is prone to share experiences repeatedly, even if listeners would prefer to opt out. As an attentive wife dutifully at his side, I’ve heard many of these tales too many times to count. He frequently embellishes details and frowns when I interrupt and try to rewrite his script. It makes my spouse uncomfortable when I correct him in public so I should curb my tongue, smile and nod at appropriate intervals. Since our move, stories from his childhood and youth have taken a decided turn.

We now live where people know many of the same stories, the people he grew up with and the lore of his old stomping ground. It puts a completely new slant on his monologue, the reactions of those listening, and my response to him and his audience. Not too long ago we were chatting and snacking during a short break in an area church meeting. The conversation somehow shifted to his old girlfriends, of whom I as an outsider knew by name only. To my amazement, his face and ears turned a beautiful shade of red.

“Sweetie, wear this red necktie; it brings out the best in you!”


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CD Swanson 01/20/12
This was a cute account of a dutiful and loving wife.

I particularly enjoyed the ending...but I was wondering why he got so embarrassed? Was it because people there knew the "girls of whom he spoke?" Or, were some of them present?

It got me thinking! Nicely done. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/22/12
I chuckled about the repeated stories. I know some of my adventures have changed a tad over the years. The kids catch me on it and have some fun at my expense.

I think my brain is on vacation because I've been having trouble "getting" the ending in several stories now. You had some words to spare and it might make your story even better if you showed some examples of his tall tales.

You did a nice job writing on topic. I enjoyed the relationship between a couple together for so many years.
Linda Goergen01/23/12
I enjoyed the account of the wife having to endure all the tales, reminds me of some people I know. I didn’t get the end though...was the old girlfriend among the people there or something? It almost, to me, seemed like a part got left out of the ending. But I just didn't get the reason for the embarrassment at the end at all. ??
Theresa Santy 01/25/12
The height and energy of this story equally matched the height of the energy you were describing in your husband, which made it an enjoyable read. I would have liked to hear more about those girlfriends, and what it was that turned the man so red.

My favorite line: "He could easily be mistaken for a politician rounding up votes,"