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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
- TITLE: That's Why!
By Gary Cavendish
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One day, Henry got home from work, at the usual time, and in the usual way. As usual, his wife was glad to see him, though she was tired from her own job. Alicia really was a beautiful woman, quite a contrast to poor Henry. Everybody wondered how two such mismatched people got along so well together. She kissed her husband, and they embraced for several long moments.
That night, Henry’s office was throwing its annual employee appreciation party. Henry really didn’t want to go.
“Yah-you kno-know th-they are jjjjust ggoing to mmake ffffffun – of me.”
Alicia patted his hand, and kissed him for about the third time since he walked in the door. “Don’t you worry about them, Hon. They’re just a bunch of morons anyway. They don’t know you like I do.”
So Henry reluctantly agreed, and they both went upstairs to get ready, though their schedule got backed up a little bit. Henry couldn’t help being affectionate. Finally, they got in the car and drove the fifteen minutes to the club where the dinner was being held..
Almost as soon as they got there, one of the office clowns spotted them and came sauntering over. “How’d a babe like you end up with ol’ Henry,” he asked, looking her up and down.
Alicia was silent, but the look on her face spoke volumes. The man, Morris by name, fell silent, fidgeting as he looked around to see if there was any easier prey. Henry took his wife protectively by the arm, and guided her to their seats at the table, his steps firm and sure. When they got to their spot, he pulled out her chair for her, helped her take her seat, helped push her in, then leaned over and kissed her on the cheek.
Alicia turned toward Morris, who had trailed behind them, and said, with a dazzling smile, “That’s why.”
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