Delaying the Wedding

Photo credit : Mary Shipman

“Ma! Pa! Dem’ Greeley boys done struck again!  My dresses are gone from the line! They took my unmentionable too!  Mamma, I can’t believe they do this.   I need ’em by 3!  Why today!  Why today!” Barbara bounces in and out in a flash.   Her long brown curls springing up and down as she moves.  

Ma looks over at Pa.  “How long do you think you can keep a hold of her? She’ll figure you out.   I’m not havin’ none of it.”

Pa looks up.  “I only have till 3. After that, we’ll see.  You want a Greeley in our house?!”

Written as part of a challenge called Friday fictioneers, https://

18 thoughts on “Delaying the Wedding

    1. Yes, that’s very true. But delays are more preferable than marriages at this point. The playing of the Greeley boys in the daughters words was to bring doubt on both sides. The enemy of my enemy is my friend type of argument

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  1. Haha. The voice in this is excellent. I guess father wants what’s best for his daughter, but hiding her dresses is mean. Great write Mark!

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