April 28, 2011 1 min read 6 Comments

Picture This:

  • It's Fall 1974 in Smalltown, Texas.

  • I'm the new kid in town  (My mom & dad have uprooted me without consent during my critical teen years - scarring.)

  • I've got no friends.

  • It's my first day of enrollment in a new middle school.

  • Mid-semester, no less and it's public. (ugh, someone should have told me that public school meant a little more than no nuns, no uniforms, and no religion class!)

  • I'm sitting quietly at my desk trying to be invisible when the "Arthur Fonzarelli" of the school turns around in his desk and asks loudly, "hey, are you a prostitute?"

  • I responded innocently, "why no, I'm Catholic."

  • The entire classroom roars.

.

It wasn't until years later that I finally figured out what was so funny...prostitute?... protestant?

Well, they do sound alike!

Anyway, an angel in disguise came to my rescue, our next door neighbor, Paula.  She introduced me to new friends and made me feel welcome. She worked with me on my wardrobe faux pas and even taught me how to dribble a basketball.

So thanks, Paula, this little groovy dress is for you!

BTW: Paula is a pediatric nurse now and still an angel.  She celebrated her 21st birthday again this week!


6 Responses

Lisa Henderson
Lisa Henderson

November 03, 2019

What an awesome story and a sweet tribute to a dear friend! We need more Paulas in this world today!

Paula Galindo
Paula Galindo

May 16, 2016

thanks Cheryl!…You are such a sweet GOOD friend and always have been. You were great when you came to Palacios. I just remember having sooo much fun with you and your sisters at your house…Your mom was so sweet and treated me like I was one of her own..Love ya

TerritoryMom
TerritoryMom

May 16, 2016

Love it!

audrey
audrey

May 16, 2016

Wow. Great story and a great person!

Anna in AZ
Anna in AZ

May 16, 2016

This is so sweet. What a nice story!

Cheryl
Cheryl

May 16, 2016

Paula, I will never forget the first day of school – You and Lisa came over to get me and the first thing you said was…“you can’t wear that to school” and I had to do a quick change because I had some mid-drift showing! Ahh, but we survived!
Send me your address and size and I will send you your dress. Thanks for always being a good friend! I love you – Cheryl

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