The Adventures of Mike and Patsy...Part One

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A true story of young love...

Submitted: February 01, 2007

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Submitted: February 01, 2007

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A few years back, Patsy and I hitchhiked from Virginia to Arizona. It was great! We saw all kinds of places, met lots of people, and generally had a ball.
Why did we do it?
We wanted to be together, and no one else wanted us to -
But I'm getting ahead of myself...and it MAY HAVE BEEN more than just "a few years ago"...

In 1976, (I was 16 - you do the math) I fell in love...with Patsy!
I went to her mama first, explained that I wanted to marry her daughter, and she calmly replied:

"No long-haired hippie freak is marrying my daughter."


So.....
We went to my parents, (who I felt would be more reasonable) ;

and who calmly replied:
"Forget it - you're too young!"

Ever tried to stop two teenagers who were intent on only one thing?
It's easier to stop a speeding train with your bare hands!

Well, we didn't forget it. We eloped.

Too inexperienced to know that you couldn't run off and get married on only ten dollars, we did just that. We also didn't know that you could go to South Carolina (only 100 miles away) and get married at 16, BUT we did know you could do it in...Arizona.
Two thousand miles away.

"What the heck - it's only two thousand miles!"

So we hitchhiked to Arizona...a guy named Joe Causs picked us up in Richmond (he was on leave from the ARMY)...and took us ALL THE WAY to Arizona!

We got there in 3 days...must be some kinda hitchhikers' record!

Turns out our parents were worried - there was a 6 or 7 - state alarm out for us!
Boy were we surprised - we thought they'd be glad to be rid of us!
Don't get me wrong - our parents loved us - but teenagers don't always think things out, you know?
One day, after returning home from a walk to the Park, two of Arizona's finest were parked in the driveway...

I had shaved off my beard, Patsy had cut and dyed her hair;

One of these fine officers walked up and showed me a picture of myself and Patsy....

"Seen either one of these two around here?" he asked.

If I hadn't been so scared, I'd've laughed myself silly.

"Yes, sir, officer," I replied, pointing at the house we were staying at.

"They were staying right there! But I haven’t seen 'em in a week or two..."

"You got any i.d., kid? " the officer interrupted..

"Yes, sir," I replied, pulling out my fake i.d. and passing it over.

After reading it, he hands it back, tells me to have a nice day, and we walk back to the park, and hang out awhile.

"What'll we do now ?" Patsy asks, scared out of her wits.

"Don't worry about it - they think we've moved on - we got nothing to worry about," Mike says confidently.

"Why'd you tell 'em where we lived?" Patsy asked, exasperated.

"They already knew - they were there, weren't they? Besides, they had our picture and SHOWED it to us, and didn't recognize us, so we're not dealing with two Brainiacs here...."

"I guess you're right, " Patsy replied dubiously.

What happened next?

We did what any 16 year olds would do - we went back home, cut out all the lights, and hid under the furniture!

Well, Mike and Patsy stayed in Arizona for four months. The cops never DID come back...but Mike lost his job at the Dairy Queen, and they decided to move again.
So they returned home to Virginia, figuring they were together too long to be separated by either set of parents.
And they were right!
Mike got a job digging ditches for 7 dollars an hour, while Patsy worked at McCrory's in the local mall.
It turns out being married was more work than they thought!

Since neither one of them had a car, or a Drivers license, for that matter, they had to walk about a mile to the nearest grocery store, and carry the groceries back by hand.
Rather than complain, they enjoyed the walk, talking together about anything and everything. They liked being together.

One day they bought a grocery cart, and pushed it along with them.
It made things LOTS easier. People stared and pointed at them; lots of folks laughed, but Mike and Patsy didn't care - they were doing what they wanted!
After one such trip, Mike realized they'd gone to get groceries, put them in the cart, walked home, and forgot to pay for them.

"How do you know?"
Patsy asked.

"Look - I've still got the grocery money!" Mike said.
Patsy just stared. Sure enough, they'd only had 60 dollars when they'd left, and there were three twenties, right there in Mike's wallet!

"Free Groceries! Mike yelled, jumping up and down

Patsy gave her husband a dirty look.

"You walk right back there and pay for those groceries NOW ! Patsy said, placing her hands on her hips.

"But Patsy -" Mike said.
Then he stopped, looking at his wife.
She stood there, feet a shoulder's width apart...her hands were on her hips, and she had her "don't mess with me" look on her face.

Mike's shoulders drooped forward, his head drooping right along with them, as he turned the grocery cart around for the lo-ong return trip.

"Patsy...." he said again.
Turning back around, he found his wife pointing at the door.

"You're taking those back," she repeated.
Mike just sighed, and headed back to Farm Fresh.

Now, this is just the start of a VERY LONG STORY...but there IS a moral to it...I guess.

Life has been very hard for Patsy and I at times - and if we'd finished college, and done everything our parents wanted us to, we might've had it easier...But we did it our way !

And now, three children and five grandchildren later, we're still married, and still VERY HAPPY TOGETHER.

The moral? I don't know... how about simply "Enjoy life, and everything God has given you"?

I like that one...


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