A Love From Above….
Walking home from school the next day, Denise reasoned out the approach to use with her family to convince them that Jon was a nice guy. And nice enough to spend time with their daughter! She and Jon had discussed it yesterday and she really felt that she could not just keep on lying to be with him. And surely, if they got to know him, they would like him. So they had formed a plan of action. She would talk to them tonight. Dad, first, since he was a softie! Denise smiled. She knew how to handle Dad!
So when Tom arrived home from work, Denise met him at the door with a fresh, hot cup of coffee. “Hi, Dad. Did you have a bad day? Are you tired? Here, sit down and put your feet up. Mom had to run to the grocery store and will pick Todd up from Cub Scouts on her way back. So you just relax a while, OK?”
“Well, what’s all this about, Kitten?” Tom asked.
Denise noted the pleased look on his face, mixed with a little suspicion. “No, it wasn’t a bad day at all. In fact, it was a good day! I picked up some new clients. But it was tiring and this coffee sure hits the spot!”
Tom, being an insurance salesman, (and one of the best Denise thought), had provided well for his family. While thy certainly weren’t rich, they had never lacked for anything that they needed or wanted very badly. He wasn’t around much, but that’s life, Denise concluded.
“Tell me what has brought on all this extra attention for your old dad? What’s going on with you, nowadays? We haven’t had much time to talk lately, huh? I hear that cheerleader try-outs are coming up soon. Can’t you get Mother to get you a new outfit, or what?” Dad laughed, reminding Denise of the preparations of the previous year for the try-outs. She remembered how anxious she had been to have everything just perfect. But, now, try-outs were the least of her worries!
Denise assured Tom that everything was all set for the try-outs. “But, I’ve got some other things on my mind, Dad, and I really do need to talk to you.” Denise hesitated, looking her dad in the eyes, very seriously. “Actually, it’s about a new guy that I’m really interested in.” She was trying so hard to sound mature and Dad was quietly laughing at her.
“I’m serious, Dad! I’ll be sixteen before long. And nearly all my friends are dating already. Don’t you think I’m old enough to date now?”
Denise’s big blue eyes were begging Tom to say yes, but he stalled, saying, “Tell me about this friend of yours, Denise. Don’t I know him? What about that Freddie ‘What’s-his-name’? I thought you were ‘going steady with him.”
“Oh, Dad, that was a long time ago! He was so immature! This guy, well, you don’t know him, yet. And the only thing is, he’s a little older than me. But you’d really like him, I just know you would, if you met him! And he likes me, too. Would you just let me ask him over so you can meet him? Please, Dad?” By this time, Denise was sitting on the arm of Tom’s chair and pouring on the charm!
“I don’t see any harm in him coming over here, Kitten and we can meet the young man, if that will make you happy. But, I think you’ll need to discuss anything further with your mother. I know you think you’re just about grown, but it’s still our responsibility to look out for you. Let’s see what she has to say about it!”
Denise knew he hated disappointing his family, so he often ‘passed the buck’. It was a way of life around here! Well, so far, so good! But, there was still work to do, Denise told herself.
That night, at the supper table, Denise mentioned the subject to Mom. Since Dad had already given permission to invite Jon over, Doris reluctantly agreed that it probably would be good to meet the young man, since Denise was evidently so interested in him. “But, what’s this guy’s name? Tell us a little about him first! How much older is he? Does he live here in town?”
“Actually, he lives next door, Mom. His name is Jonathon Rivers. But he’s not at all like you think he is, Mom. You’ll like him. I just know you will!”
“Well, I warned you to stay away from him. Maybe I was wrong, but you evidently didn’t listen too well, either. But, go ahead and invite him over so we can meet him and we’ll judge for ourselves. But, if he’s anything like I heard he was, you will just have to find another boyfriend! Is that clear?” Doris expounded with conviction.
Todd interrupted the discussion, apparently deciding it was his turn for some attention and began teasing Denise about her new boyfriend!
“Shut up,Todd, or I’ll shut you up!” Denise threatened irately. What a pain, she thought as she left the table, relieved to have gotten this far with her parents.
Denise arranged for Jon to come over after school the following afternoon. She was so excited when she finally go a chance to tell Jon. Their plan, at least Step 1, had worked! The rest was up to Jon!