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London – December 10th, 1988
My cards have been laid on the table about my feelings for Bob, and the ball is once again well and truly back in his court. It was lovely meeting up with him last night, but a big doubt-cloud now hangs over us.
The teddy bear I gave him broke the ice and he told me that he’s known how much I feel for him since the first days after we met. It just goes to show that people can read me like a book without me saying anything.
I was surprised that he wanted to meet up again today, and when he suggested he came around to the house, I didn’t hesitate in not turning him down. What I didn’t expect was that for the next four hours he’d be pouring out his heart and soul to me.
At first, I thought it was all leading to him telling me that he was already in a relationship, but he isn’t, and that helped boost the hope of us becoming more than just friends. However, he then went into lots of problems he has encountered over the last few years of his life and how they’ve helped him build a big, brick wall around himself. Some have tried to get through but never succeeded, and he went on to tell me that there was no guarantee that I would get through that brick wall either.
He left here very unhappy, on a path he doesn’t want to be on and seems to have no idea how to get off. All I can do now is wait for the next few days to pass and see if he contacts me again. If he doesn’t then I’m going to find Christmas and New Year a sad one without him.
I want Bob a lot, and just wish I knew what to do to win him over.
Welcome to this new feature for 2018 on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I’ll be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week, I’m delighted to welcome Molly Stevens to my blog for the first time. Molly is somebody who always leaves excellent and rewarding comments on many of my posts. In fact, she is one of those bloggers who always leaves useful and valuable comments on posts around the blogging world. You know the ones I mean. The ones that prove the post has been read.
Molly recently retired after working as a registered nurse for thirty-nine years. She has a lifelong love for the written word, and started her blog, Shallow Reflections, in 2015. She writes mostly humour, believing that laughter is the sandpaper that helps smooth life’s rough patches.
Molly lives in eastern Maine with her long-suffering (her words) husband, Patrick, who lets her write about him, as long as she portrays him as the terrific guy he is in real life.
Her work has appeared in Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Better After 50, Sixty and Me, Bangor Daily News, Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, and Humor Outcasts. Like me, she is a member of the Carrot Ranch Literary Community where she enjoys participating in flash fiction challenges. Molly was a contributing author for the anthology: These Summer Months: Stories from the Late Orphan Project, edited by Anne Born.
Published in 2017, Molly’s first book is called Boomer On the Ledge.
Boomer on the Ledge – an adult picture book, which features a doll Molly created to accompany the book. You can buy the doll at Molly’s online store by clicking here. However, shipping from the store is only currently available to those in the U.S.A.
The book was inspired by observing her grandsons discover the magic of Christmas by reading a book about an elf that monitors children’s behaviour, keeping them in line so Santa will bring them presents.
In contrast, the Boomer on the Ledge Doll featured in her book helps well-behaved women baby boomers to indulge in some mischief while acknowledging the challenges of ageing. Think of her as a best friend who helps you delight in a daily dose of silliness leading up to Christmas (and beyond.)
Molly is working on a second Boomer on the Ledge book slated for release in 2019.
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Molly’s song choice is Love Shack by The B-52s.
Released in 1989, Love Shack is taken from the album Cosmic Thing and is said to be the band’s signature song. Selling over one million copies, Love Shack is the band’s biggest selling hit song. It became a number one hit in Austrailia and Ireland and peaked at number two in the UK, and at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A.
It looks as if there were no hopes of Bob joining me in my love shack in December 1988. I wonder if anyone else will? Do you have a favourite song connected with a building, or building a relationship? Share a link to it in the comments.
Next week – in the final diary entry for this series, Christmas arrives. Will I get the only gift I really want, or will Santa ignore my wish and put me on course to still be single at the end of 1988? Click here to find out.
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