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Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)
TITLE: Toni'a Disappointing Holiday Plans
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The day before the Easter holiday, which would be spent at his home—and in separate bedrooms at night for several days— was something she was looking forward to, until she received a phone call from Ted the day before the event.
“Hi Tonia. Just wanted to give you a call and make sure that we’re still on for our holiday trip. My parents and I have everything ready and are looking forward to your visit. I will be picking you up tomorrow around nine in the morning and then we will take in some sights around the area. I hope you won’t mind that I have also asked Brenda, an old school chum, to go with us on our trips. She is so nice. We dated in college and she still is a good friend.”
Tonia was a bit stunned with the information but replied, “Ted, I was looking forward to being with you. This information, I have to tell you, is a bit upsetting. I thought you said that it would be just you and me. And besides, we’re almost engaged.”
There was silence on the phone and then, “Well, I didn’t think you would mind. She is, after all, a close friend of mine.”
“Well Ted, I think I am going to have to say no to this. Two is company but three is a crowd and I think I would be the one making it a crowd. Have fun with your friend and I will do something nice here. Take care…”
Before Ted could reply, the conversation was over and so was Tonia’s good feelings for Ted. She wasn’t too surprised at his reply and mention of the other women. Lately, he had been acting strange, looking longingly at other women and always interrupting her when she talked.
The day of the supposed holiday with Ted arrived and Tonia made plans to go with Bill to the theater to watch an action movie. As she got dressed for the event, she gazed out her bedroom window and saw Ted. Ted was standing on the front lawn and holding a sign that said, “Please reconsider. Brenda is not Going!”
After she saw the sign, she yelled down. “Sorry Ted. I have made other plans for today.”
He bowed his head and for awhile just stood there frozen. Later, he left but not without saying, “You are a cruel woman, Tonia! I used to think that you were beautiful but I no longer think that way!”
Those words stung Tonia at first and then she thought, “I’m glad this happened. He is much more shallow and cruel than I thought. Thank you God for showing me the way!”
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