Friday, February 14, 2014

A story of love...Feb. 2014 USE YOUR WORDS

I love participating in these challenges that Karen over at Baking In A Tornado came up with. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Here we are in February and our second UYW post. Let's see if I can get all the words into this story...maybe true, maybe not. Here goes:
Back in 1890, she was just a whip of a girl. Her eyes were seldom on her work, her momma would say "your head is in the clouds" stop daydreaming and do you work.

Pearl was in love. Not with a person, but with the stars, moon and things not of this world as folks would say.

You see, Pearl was not like most girls her age, at 18 she was unmarried, had no betrothal and of course no children. All of her older sisters and one younger had already said "I do". Each week when the woman gathered to do their quilting, this was cause for Pearl to turn red. Her well meaning mother would totally embarrass her and she would glow red most of the day. It was a complete and utter embarrassment to her folks that she was 18 and no man in sight. If only they understood.

Time passed and her siblings all married, now at the old age of 21, Pearl still resided at home, an unwed spinster. No hopes of finding love and saying I do were in her future. She was fine with this, her family was not.

Upon arrival of her 22th birthday, and feeling at a loss. Her father, took her aside and told her they were sending her to stay with relatives in Ohio for the summer. Her cousin had just delivered twins and with 3 other small children under foot, she was in need of help.

Pearl did not argue but went willingly. A summer away would be nice, even if it was only to care for children.

Upon Pearl's arrival, she was met by a most handsome older man. She felt all jittery near him and this made her face turn red on several occasions on the drive to the farm. He was a neighbor of her cousins and helping them out by fetching her at the train depot.

It was long ride to the farm, hours actually and the last several miles were in the dark. Pearl looked up at the Ohio sky, the stars, the moon and wondered if anyone was up there, besides in heaven of course. She was lost in thought, starring up in complete amazement at the celestial glory above her...wait, what did he say?

This man sitting beside her, this stranger, he was telling her the NAMES of the stars? Oh my, someone besides her and authors of books, a simple farmer who knew of these things. She was overjoyed. 

The last several hours of the trip were spent in utter abandonment of her proper ladylike demeanor, chatting like a magpie about stars, the moon, astrology and the likes. Oh papa would have her hide!

Just as her thoughts went to papa and his outrage at her behavior, the man beside her, William, said," I have never before met someone as beautiful and knowledgeable as you Miss Esch. I hope you do not feel I am too forward."

Pearl, now a nice shade of red, thought to herself, this must be what love feels like. She dipped her head and said "I fear I have been to giving of myself this night, alone with a strange man and talking of such things. Please forgive my impetuousness. I do love hearing all you have told me about the stars, but fear I may have led you to think I am an un-virtuous woman and if you would not think me too brazen," ( a deep breath and hard knot in her throat) she whispered... " please call me Pearl."

William pulled on the reigns and stopped the horses. He looked over at Pearl and said, "No, not at all. I feel that this day, the Lord has granted me the opportunity of a lifetime. Finding my soulmate. I know I am being forward but feel I must say this while I have the nerve. Pearl, (he stopped and took a deep breath) I am a 29 year old unmarried man, one is not interested in frilly, giggly girls. A man looking for a woman who can converse with him about things other than planting, crops, and child rearing, one who has a love for the things as I. I feared I would find no such, and then you appeared."

Pearl, feeling heady looked at William in the moon light and knew she had found love on her way to care for her cousins children. A whisper of thank you to her God left her lips as she smiled at William. Knowing that one day, she too would say "I do" to her love and she found him in Ohio under the stars.

I hope you enjoyed my story as much as I did writing it. Now be sure to visit the others. Oh and here were my words, how did I do?

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
words are: I do ~ love ~ stars ~ moon ~ complete ~ red
They were submitted by:   
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts: ALL POST ARE LIVE BY 10 a.m. EST                   Baking In A Tornado                 Just A Little Nutty             Battered Hope
http://www.          Juicebox Confession      Black Sheep Mom   Stacy Sews and Schools              Confessions of a part time working mom     Evil Joy Speaks         Spatulas on Parade            Searching for Sanity               The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                      FBX Adventures (In Parenting)                     Healing Tomato                Dates 2 Diapers 2               Follow me home . . .                       Outmanned
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