Sandy’s Young Man

I love a sweet story, and I certainly love a sweet Maypole story.   It’s time for that grand tradition in Portales (please read all about it by clicking here), and I’ve got to share another of my happy memories.

We felt so grown up, and I realize now we really were so young our senior year in high school.  But I had this beautiful gown made by my mother, and Gary had this white tuxedo rented for the occasion, and we got permission to drive the long two hour drive to Lubbock for supper the night after Maypole.  We were so excited to eat at The Tara… a beautiful restaurant with a “Gone With the Wind” look.

Planned it all out.  We would show up at Aunt Dude & Uncle Sumner’s house (my great-aunt-and-uncle who never went anywhere) and of course they would be in the house ready for my surprise visit.  No, they did not come to the door.  This threw a serious monkey wrench into the plan of changing into our formal clothes at their house.  We didn’t have a Plan B.

So, we came up with the plan to change clothes in their back yard.

Meanwhile, they had come to Portales for a surprise visit.   And that’s when they learned I was over at their place, and that’s when they got right back in their car and headed right back to Lubbock.  I used to think this was just ridiculous that they would change their plans.  I now treasure the thought of my dear aunt and uncle, ready to protect my honor, hitting the highway to come to my rescue.

All the while, we’re working through the delicate situation of getting changed.  Gary changed first while I sat in the car.  Then it was my turn to find a dressing room tucked behind a honeysuckle on the back porch, and this is when Dude & Summie drove up.  G was sitting in their driveway in a white tuxedo putting on his shoes and socks.  They got out of their car, and I just LOVE what they said.  I’ve loved picturing it all these years.  “You must be Sandy’s young man.”  Is that the sweetest?

They took this photo of us standing in front of their piano, and they wanted me to write “The night we dressed in the back yard” on the back of that Polaroid that came shooting right out of that camera.  So I did.  And I have that Polaroid in a scrapbook.  And I love the memory of that night.  My first big adventure with that sweet boyfriend.  Walking into that restaurant, feeling like the belle of the ball in those fancy clothes.  Mostly I just love thinking of those dear souls, Wilma and Sumner Clary, who played such a happy part in the night.


13 Responses to “Sandy’s Young Man”

  1. Betty W. says:

    This is one of those stories that makes my day. How sweet you were…and still are!

  2. Kim says:

    I love this!

  3. Gary FIelds says:

    What a great evening! My silly memory: I remember pulling my socks on when Aunt Dude & Summy arrived. Apparently I was nervous and pulled too hard and ripped the heel out of one of them! It was a trendy look with the white tux.

  4. Sandy says:

    Oh! Young man! You always make me laugh.

  5. Katie says:

    Hahahahahahahha! Gary, that’s hilarious! I love this story!

  6. Jana says:

    Love this story!

  7. Bette says:

    What wonderful memories!

  8. Darla says:

    This whole situation had me in the moment with you. LOL I could just see you guys. Thanks for sharing you young man story with us.

    here is to 100 more yrs with your young man.

  9. kristi says:

    Love this story!

  10. Barbara George says:

    Loved this story. I, too, still love Maypole. I guess the times ae achangin’. I am like Sylvia–the color of the dresses was different, but I guess we need to change too.

  11. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for my smile for the morning. Love you guys and all the precious memories you share with us.

  12. Robin Green says:

    This might be your dearest story yet, Sandy. Party because it’s a great story in itself and partly because I understand your great aunt and great uncle better. Lawrence and I are great aunt and great uncle to some wonderful young men and women. I always loved those adults in my life growing up, but I never imagined the thought, interest, and love they must have put into my life. Now I know, because I care so deeply for my own nieces and nephews and their children. And I would want to drop everything to get back home as did Dude and Sumner.

  13. Sandy says:

    Oh Robin… yes, yes, and yes!
    Gary and I laugh many times at who we have become.. never dreamed it would be Dude & Summie!

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