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Helen Reddy Would Be Proud
By Sharon Poppen
Gina was almost to the bottom of her cedar chest. She’d spent the day laughing, crying or blushing through her trove of memories. Unfortunately, the wastebasket was nearly empty.
She retrieved a picture of a dark-haired, dark-eyed young man.
“Danny!” Her tenth grade sweetheart! They loved movies, sock hops and soda fountains.
“Where are you these days? Still a good dancer?” She reminisced.
Danny and her best friend, Fran, won all the contests they entered. During dance contests, Gina danced with his best friend, Louie. Thinking of Louie brought the smoking incident to mind.
They had been standing near the second balcony elevator in Chicago’s Paradise Theatre. Danny had gone for popcorn and soda pops. Louie was smoking a Camel.
“Here.” He offered it to Gina.
“Come on. Just a puff. Make Danny laugh.”
Though leery, Gina took it. Just as it touched her lips, she inhaled. Her lungs caught fire and she began coughing.
Danny exited the elevator, saw the cigarette and walked right on by. Louie dragged her to a water fountain to calm her cough, then they headed for their seats.
Danny was sitting on the aisle. Gina slipped by, taking the seat next to him.
As the lights dimmed, Danny asked. “Are you going to act like a lady now?”
“Yes,” she promised docilely. She remembered sighing as his arm slipped around her shoulders.
Gina shivered, then grinned. “Try asking me that question today,” she challenged, then gleefully flipped his picture into the trashcan.