Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #194
…Agnes Ferrell is still somewhat of a prize, but should the classically endowed “Gibson Girls” go out of favor, 25 pounds will need to be shed…
“We will discuss your father’s crazy idea after dinner, when the guests leave.”
“I get the hint, Mother. Feel free to torture me.”
“Oh, by the way, we invited Frankie, from………….”
“The Dry Goods Manager, from store #3? You really must think I am desperate!”
“Your Father invited him to Thanksgiving, at the last minute. Seems he never had a father and his mother died two weeks ago.”
“Yes, I remember, very sad, but I do not view him as a possible suitor.” She is still somewhat of a prize, but should the classically endowed “Gibson Girls” go out of favor, 25 pounds will need to be shed.
“Don’t get the wrong impression, Agnes. He is a nice man, not altogether without merit, but he does not represent our desires for you. Be yourself around him; make him feel at home, that’s all we ask of you.”
“You always manage to keep me grounded,” Agnes admits.
“Now Cyril Odz, he is a different story. We continue to hear nothing but good things about him from your brother.” James has been on the lookout for possible mates for years and he has informed Martha that the Gadsden County Sheriff fits all the criteria.
“Look who is here, dear.” John ushers Ziggy into the kitchen, along with the bag of beets and rutabaga stalks he insisted on contributing. They will need special attention to fit in with meal, but no one will be the wiser.
While Doc Ziggy is in his eighties, his mind is still sharp as a tack, as adept are his arthritic hands. So don’t you dare — walk with bare — feet that is. “Martha, you must improve your posture,” he places a hand on the smallest of her back and one on her left breast, while lifting. If he were anyone else, a slap across the brow would be in order. “Laura, Alpha and Maggie Lou vill be by shortly and do not throw out za greens from za beets, boil zem is salt vater.” Advanced age does have its privilege.
That afternoon, after all have assembled at Hillside Estate, there is so much to be thankful for. John Ferrell speaks for them all, with an inspirational grace for the ages, lifted to the heavens and direct from his heart. Unbeknownst to him, his prayer strikes a deep cord with Frankie, leading him to accept Jesus as his Savior. Agnes had wondered why he had been invited, this is her answer. The plans of man are mere pieces of the great plan of God.
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