About Me

My photo
Family and Friends is my everyday journal. Captain's Log is where I pontificate on religion and politics.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday Five 043021


Today’s words are: proper, brand, husband, pigeon, offend


Coo coo coo, Shanika felt like throwing a shoe and knocking that irritating pigeon off the tree limb outside her window. If she did that she was sure it would offend some bird lover and catch holy hell for being mean to a poor bird. Coo coo coo. She buried her head in the pillow and tried to go back to sleep.

It was Thursday and that meant chapel. Getting into her seat next to little miss prim and proper Martha Smith, there was still a few minutes before they dimmed the lights and the proctors with clipboards counting heads were walking the aisle. Three of them came up to Martha and congratulated her on getting engaged.

It's not even midterm and she’s engaged?

The mousy gal was beaming and showing off a ring with a miniscule diamond chip. The lights dimmed and she took a needed nap after that damn bird woke her up at the crack of dawn.

In the locker room Martha’s finding a husband was the topic of conversation. On a small campus with just over a thousand students anything was fodder for gossip.

Beth Shumacher, the point guard griped, “She’s the reason why freshmen women can’t get an A. The professors think we’re only here to find a husband.”

The lone senior on the team, Candice Clark, shook her head. “Pity the poor girl, she’ll drop out find a job and start on her PHT degree.”

Shanika was curious, “What’s that?”

Candy gave her a look, “Putting Hubby Through. She’ll see him through college and graduate school. Then when he starts earning real money, he’ll trade her in on someone more intellectually stimulating leaving her to raise two or three kids.”

“Just because that’s what your Daddy did to your Momma, doesn’t mean that’ll happen to Martha,” Beth said.

It was time to go out on the court. They looked on the ball rack and low and behold there were ten brand new practice balls. Shanika grabbed one and felt the fresh nibs as she shot a three pointer, nothing but net.




Aymee said...

Candy's not that wrong, it happens way too often. Hopefully Beth doesn't fall into that trap though.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Sad, but true. There are lot of girls who go to get an MRS degree. Hopefully Beth has found her HEA

Judy said...

Yep... there's sadly much truth behind this scene. Good job!

Marianne Arkins said...

Here to agree with the others ... Shanika sounds very out of place. Why is she at that college? If she's that good, surely she got scholarships elsewhere? I'm very invested in her, lol...

Echo Ishii said...

I really want to see how Shanika's basketball goes. It sounds like she has lots of potential to be top tier. Candy is harsh, but she's not wrong.

P M Prescott said...

Aymee, yes it is.

P M Prescott said...

Megan methinks I struck a chord here.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks, Judy

P M Prescott said...

I'll get to that Marianne.

P M Prescott said...

Echo, it depends on the words, some fit for the game and others for backstory.