Sunday, February 13, 2011
THE LITTLE SHIRKEY GIRL
Growing up, I was referred to as "THE LITTLE SHIRKEY GIRL" because I was surrounded by seven brothers.
One time, after I was married, Gerald and I went to the store because Coca Cola was on sale and I wanted him to buy the allotted amount and I would too, as well as get the other groceries. Gerald had his cart filled and was in line. I got in his same line but there was another man ahead of me who was behind Gerald.
The clerk, Dorothy Cruse Van Dyne had gone to school with us. She and Gerald were chatting animatedly and after he left the man in front of me asked, "Who was that guy, he looked familiar?" Dorothy answered, "That's Gerald Raypole, you know, he married THE LITTLE SHIRKEY GIRL!" They continued another conversation.
When the man finished I pushed my cart forward and Dorothy saw that it was I and as she started to speak, I put my forefingers to my cheeks to simulate dimples and said, "Hi, Dorothy, I'm THE LITTLE SHIRKEY GIRL!" She and I both laughed and I asked her if she had been "The little Cruse girl" as she was petite and had several brothers. She said, "I still am!"
I was 35 years old, and I was still THE LITTLE SHIRKEY GIRL!