By the way, many people like to listen to stories while sleeping at night, especially women who are very desperate to hear bedtime stories for a girlfriend. My girlfriend also loves listening to stories. I often tell him many stories. However, my profession is to keep bringing good short bedtime stories for people.
I have a good interest in short stories and I also have a good experience of how most short romantic bedtime stories for girlfriend. By the way, girls do more tantrums, though they are experts in them, or even say that this is their profession.
Okay, we have joked a lot, now we work to find romantic bedtime stories for girlfriend. I tell you 3 great stories that your girlfriend will surely like. This story is related to real life. Most of the girls ie the Girlfriend likes Motivational stories or Surprise stories.
Are you thinking that girlfriends should tell ghost stories at night? Never do this because a girlfriend is already like a ghost and later you will insult the ghost by telling the girlfriend’s ghost story, then it is not right. It is very bad my friend.
Ok Enough jokes, This is the time tell to the story to our girlfriends. It is said that stories are comfort or a feeling that creates peace in the mind and enhances the capacity of our thoughts.
3 Best Bedtime Stories For Girlfriend
Your girlfriend will surely like these three cute bedtime stories for girlfriend. You will be able to impress your girlfriend. Although I understand very well which stories are used to impress our girlfriends.
- Heaven To Hell
- Not Alone
- The Boy
- Breakfast in Virginia
Short True Love Stories of Many People BY Jennifer Soong Book
1) Emily and Johnson
Emily knew that Josh was the right guy for her even before they met in person. She got a positive vibe simply from seeing his photo at her friend’s house. “I don’t know why, but I thought he looked like someone who could be my best friend,” she says. When she found out that he was going to an upcoming Halloween party, she was determined to find out if there was more to her feeling.
The night of the party, Emily made an entrance that caught everyone’s attention, though it was definitely not by design. As she was walking down the stairs, she lost her balance, tripped on the steps, and slid all the way to the bottom landing right at Josh’s feet. Turning a deep shade of crimson, Emily thought she had blown her chance with him. But Josh was unfazed, and smoothed everything out; he helped her up, gave her a hug, and introduced himself. “From that very second, I knew that we were meant to be,” she says. “Love was not on my mind yet. I just knew that I had never felt such a strong connection to anyone before.”
As soon as they started chatting, the two felt completely at ease and talked as if they had known each other their entire lives. “By the end of the night, it was pretty flirtatious,” recalls Josh. “Everybody was noticing, and after she left, all the guys were coming up to me to see if I asked her out yet.
Josh wanted to get to know her better first. He suggested Emily and their friends go to the movies. so they went to see The Waterboy. Even though it wasn’t an official date, something clicked. “We held hands and it was just so wonderful,” says Emily. “Usually when you like someone, you don’t know if it’ll work. But after we held hands, it was kind of inevitable that something was going to happen.”
On Christmas. Josh planned to ask Emily to be his girlfriend. “I was thinking long and hard if I was ready to make the commitment,” he explains. “And I decided I wanted to. It felt right. “He called her up and, pumped up on nervous energy, blurted out, “Would you like to go out sometime?” She thought he just wanted to hang out, and responded, “Where?” He was thrown off by her reaction, but he repeated his question. She still acted confused. After a moment’s hesitation and wondering if he should change his tack he asked her a third time. “Right after that, I realized what he was doing,” she recalls. “Then I got all nervous. But I said yes.
Emily says that Josh is different from most guys she knows.” I like him because he’s funny and cute, “she says.” He’s not one of those big tough guys who like football. and cars. “I wasn’t really brought up like that,” says Josh. My mom had her own ballet school that she taught out of our garage studio. So I’ve been around girls all my life and never really got the macho guy thing.”
As they spent more time together, their feelings grew more intense. “Neither of us had ever been in a relationship before, so we took things slow,” says Emily. “But after the six-month mark, we both kind of realized that it was serious, even though we hadn’t actually said the I love you a thing yet.”
One topic they discussed openly was whether or not they wanted to lose. their virginity. “After we became more serious, it was an issue, says Emily “We talked about it and decided we wanted to wait to have sex.” Adds Josh, “It’s just not something we want to do right now.” They reached this decision together, and their commitment has brought them closer. “While most couples think it’s crazy, it only makes our relationship stronger,” she notes.
“It’s not like we walk around with a sign – ‘We haven’t had sex, says Josh.” But when people are talking and it does come up, they’re, like, “How long have you guys been going out? “They’re pretty amazed.”
But the pair doesn’t worry about what other people think. “It’s like everyone thinks it’s rare not to be having sex on a regular basis,” she says. “But with us, we both feel lucky to have each other.”
The couple is constantly looking for ways to have fun together. “We both like to be dorky and funny, admits Emily.” We have the same sense of humor. And we laugh and joke around a lot. “Often, they amuse themselves by sharing a pie at their favorite table at Frankie’s Pizza and Pasta, or simply going to pick flowers on a nearby farm. Both dog lovers, enjoy taking Emily’s puppy a golden Lab named Ruby for strolls around the neighborhood dog park.
Since it was a photo that first brought the couple together, it’s only fitting that they love to take pictures. A year ago, they discovered a black and white photo booth that they visit every few months. For Valentine’s Day, Emily surprised Josh with shots from “their booth” of her holding up signs with messages for him. Josh has also pulled off some creative stunts. Following Emily’s graduation, he snuck into her house while she was sleeping. Using a Polaroid camera, he took pictures of himself and hid them around her room so that she could wake up to his smiling face.
In the summer of 2000, Emily and Josh went to California on a three-week vacation with his family. The highlight of the trip was attending a friend of the family’s wedding on a pirate ship in Long Beach. To play along with a medieval theme, Emily and Josh went clad in authentic 1700s garb designed for the occasion. “It was so much fun picking out the styles and dressing up like a couple right out of medieval times,” she says excitedly. “The whole trip was a blast. Even something as dirty as riding dune buggies was romantic because we found little ways to make it so.”
Emily and Josh believe that their relationship has been a positive influence on their lives. “I can share things with Emily that I don’t share with anybody else.” Says Josh. “Before I met her, I was going down this path. And now that I look back, I can see it too wasn’t good. I would be totally different right now if I hadn’t met Emily. “Emily agrees:” I think we’ve helped each other in a lot of ways we’ve kept each other sane. And we make each other happy.”
2) Renée and Justine
Though he was a freshman and she was a junior, Justin was not intimidated by the age difference and asked Renée to go out with him. At first, her friends teased her about her underclassman status. “They were, like, ‘You’re going out with a freshman?” “She recalls.” But once I got to know Justin, I really liked him. He had a great sense of humor and personality. So I didn’t care what they thought.
What first drew them together was their love of music. They met in band practice: She played the clarinet; he played the baritone saxophone. Justin noticed Renée right away. “She just stuck out compared to all the other girls,” he says. “I liked that she was intelligent and could make me laugh. She intrigued me.”
Renée and Justin went out for a month, but the romance quickly fizzled. She felt that he wasn’t inter ested in spending time with her and avoided making plans. After only a handful of dates, Renée called it quits. “I never had a boyfriend before,” she explains. “When I suspected he was going to end things, I made sure I beat him to it.”
At a school dance three months later, the two were barely on speaking terms. But important things had been left unsaid and feelings were unresolved. “When I saw Justin at the dance, I realized how much I missed him,” says Renée. “All night I wanted Justin to sweep me off my feet for one heavenly dance, but it never happened. That night I realized I needed him in my life more than anything.
Justin had a similar revelation. The next day, he called Renée and asked her for a second chance. He confessed that on the night of the dance, he’d thought she was the most beautiful angel he had ever seen and realized for the first time that he loved her.
A Case of Complements
This time, the couple promised to improve their relationship and work out any problems together. By trusting each other, their differences have made them stronger. Once shy and reserved, Renée says that Justin’s outgoing personality has helped boost her confidence level. “Before I met Justin, I had very low self-esteem and was extremely tremendously introverted,” she says.
“I’m really shy around people I don’t know, and Justin’s really open. He’ll talk to anybody. Since I’ve been going out with him, he’s kind of brought that out in me. He gave me the self-confidence I needed to overcome my shyness.
“Likewise, Justin has benefited from Renée’s love and support. Justin’s schoolwork had been a low priority and he was scooted by C’s and D’s. But Renée’s influence helped him reform his bad habits and he began acing tests and getting A’s and B’s. “She helps me whenever I need it,” he says. “I didn’t use to study much, but after I met Renée, I became a lot more studious. Our personalities just click together that’s why everything fits right.
Even when the pair don’t see eye to eye. they’re able to find common ground. One time, Renée was extremely mad at Justin for flirting with someone else and wouldn’t speak to him all day. That night, at a school dance, Justin borrowed the deejay’s mike and apologized to her in front of the whole school. He said, “I really messed up with my girlfriend today and I just want to say, Renée, I’m so sorry and I hope you will forgive me. I love you.
Renée was speechless. “My heart just melted,” she recalls. “I definitely forgave him then and there. He’s never been afraid to tell or show people how he feels about me. It’s important, says Justin, for Renée to know how much he cares about her. For their eight-month anniversary, he surprised her. with a present. “When I opened up this little box, there was a gold locket,” she remembers. “Justin had written me a note that it was his heart and as long as I kept it with he would always be there for me. And I haven’t taken it off yet.
Three years later, that promise to be there for each other – still holds true. Even though Renée attends college fifty miles away, they always make time for each other and the activities they love, like swing dancing and listening to music.
The couple believes that their relationship is built on a foundation of trust and communication. “We’re very open about our emotions and how we’re feeling. If there’s something bothering us, we can always let the other person know and they’ll help make it better,” explains Renée. “It’s really important to be able to trust the other person. If I didn’t trust Justin, there’s no way this relationship would work out. “Justin agrees:” That’s totally key. You need to trust the person and talk. If you can’t talk, then it’s just pointless. Like I love talking to Renée. That’s what I look forward to every day. “
short bedtime stories for girlfriend
1. Heaven To Hell long bedtime stories for girlfriend
THERE we were dancing ‘up the steps of glory, my husband, Mackenzie, and me, our earthly troubles over, when who should we meet comin’ down but Nancy Smothers!
“That hussy!” I said. “How did she get up here?”
She had her white wings all folded around her, looking ‘just like an Easter lily. cept that her face was chocolate.”
Nancy Smothers, if you come a – near my husband, I’m gonna crown you!” I said. “I did stand enough from you down on earth, let alone meeting ‘you in heaven.”
All this while, Mackenzie ain’t said a word. Shamel, He knew he’s done wrong with that woman. Mackenzie lifted up his wings as if he was gonna fly, but I dared him!
“Don’t you lift a feather, your dog, you! just hold your horses! I’m gonna ask God how come this Harlem just got to heaven anyhow.”
Mackenzie and I went on up the golden stairs I could see him straining his eyeballs, trying ‘to look back without turning his head.
Nancy Smothers switched on down the steps. I reckon.
But I never did find out how she got in heaven because just then I come out from under the ether.
I looked up and saw a pretty white nurse standing there by my bed just like an angel. I hollered. Where is Mackenzie Washie hurt much, too? You know, he was driving when we hit that pole!
“The nurse said,” Don’t worry, madam Your husband’s all right He just got a broken arm when the car turned over. But he’ll be in to see you by and by them, re keeping ‘him in the men’s ward overnight.
“I’m glad he’s safe,” I said. “I am sure I am glad!”
Then the nurse said, “This lady’s been here with you a long time, sitting by your bed. An old friend of yours, she says. She brought you some flowers.”
So I turned my eyes and there sat Nancy Smothers, right beside my bed! Just as long-faced and hypocritical as she could be!
“Nancy,” I said, “where am 1 in heaven or in hell?”
“You still on earth, Amelia,” Nancy said sweetly, “and, honey, I just come from the men’s ward where I saw Mackenzie. He says to tell you he’s doing ‘well.”
Even with three broken ribs, I would have tried to kill Nancy that hussy, bringing me messages from my own Mackenzie but there was that nice white nurse standing beside me like an angel, and I always did hate to act up in front of white folks.
All I said was, “Nancy. I wish you’d been with us in that wreck! Then I coulda got some pleasure out of it. I’d just love to see you all crippled up”
Shh-ss-s!” said the nurse. “You’re weak! You mustn’t talk so loud!”
“You shouldn’t excite yourself. dear, “said Nancy, rising,” so. I’ll be going on home. I know you’re out of your head.
“I wish you d go to”
Shss-Shh-s-s! “said the nurse.
Then I realized I was starting to act up in front of that mee, sweet white nurse, so I tried to smile.” Goodbye. Nancy.”
She said Goodbye, Amelia. Her eyes gleaming ‘like a chess cat’s That shake Snake”
when the nurse took my temperature agam, she said.” That’s strang, udan Yrkan leve gone away up! “
“Strange: nothing thought to myself.”
But then how cold that pretty young nurse know I was layin there worry in myself to death about whether Nancy Smothers went home or not -or if the hussy went back in the men’s ward to set beside Mackenzie?
Love can be worse than hell.
2. Not Alone
I was 6 years old when I first heard about the imps. Every Tuesday night my grandfather used to come to our house for dinner, and each time he would bring me a bag of fresh mohn cookies from his bakery. I loved those cookies covered with hundreds of tiny poppy seeds, and if I exerted a little self-control. I could sometimes make them last for two or three days.
One Tuesday, however, my grandfather arrived without the cookies. Having come to expect them as part of his visit, I blurted out, “Where are my cookies?” He took a moment to answer and, in a tone much more solemn than usual. he said, “I put aside the best of them for you, but when I went to get them, they were gone. I guess the imps must have taken them.” My parents didn’t say anything, nor did I. I simply accepted his explanation. just as I accepted everything else he said, and that seemed to be the end of it.
But a few months later, when he came empty-handed again and said it was because of the imps. I said. “What imps? Not that I was unfamiliar with imps – or even demons, for that matter. After all, my grandfather had been telling me about them for years with stones about imps all the way from those who were no more than practical jokers to Asmexeus, the King of the Demons himself. But now it was different. They were beginning to direct my own life, for here I was. Once again deprived of my precious cookies.
My grandfather took me into the living room, and we sat together on the couch. “I’ll tell you about them.” He began. “You see, when I was a young man in Vilna, I apprenticed myself to Schlomo the baker. There was no better baker in the entire city. Everything I know I learned from him. After a while, he came to trust me completely. So I often found myself alone in the bakery late at night, getting everything ready for the next day.
“Well, one night these two characters appeared as if out of nowhere. They looked like everybody else except they were smaller, much smaller. Why they were no bigger than you. Grown men with beards but the size of children. “Who are you? What are you doing here?” I asked.
“Who are we? “They said, laughing in squeaky voices. We are who we are, and we’ve come for bread.”
“I told them the bakery wasn’t open yet, but if they needed it right then, I could sell them a loaf.
“A loaf, a loaf, one of them chanted. Did you hear that? The fool says a loaf.
The other one joined in. ‘A loaf. a loaf is for people. We want 20 loaves.
“I was astonished. Twenty loaves! What do you want with 20 loaves?” I asked them. That was all I had baked. Besides. I told them it would cost a lot of money.
“Well, when they heard that, they began to giggle and sing. “Money, money -money is for fools. We never use money. We just want the bread.”
“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to say, so I didn’t say anything. I just stood there like a dunce, staring at these two characters. Then they went to the bread rack and started stuffing the loaves under their arms. I tried to stop them. I had to. Schlomo trusted me, and the bakery was my responsibility. I grabbed the loaves from one and put them back on the rack, but as I was doing that, the other one was busy filling his arms. We went on like that for what seemed an eternity: grabbing them, grabbing me back. grabbing them again, until I was so exhausted. I couldn’t go on.
“Finally they helped themselves and left with their arms full. singing. “Money, money – money is for fools.
“Of course, when Schlomo came in just before dawn. I immediately told him what had happened. He slapped his forehead and groaned, “Oy gevalt! I should have told you about them. They come to the bakery every now and then, and I always let them have whatever they want. Sometimes I don’t see them for years. Sometimes they’re back in a week. It was that way in my father’s time, and it’s been that way ever since I’ve been here. My father told me they were imps and should never be questioned. Giving them what they want is much easier than not. I just hope you haven’t done something terrible. Who knows what will happen now?
“That’s what Schlomo told me,” my grandfather continued, but the fact is, nothing happened, at least not while I was there, And that was more than two years. Then I came here to America. I worked in other bakeries and saved my money until I had enough to open my own. That’s when I began to see them again.
“Actually. I didn’t really see them at first, but I knew they had followed me all the way across the ocean. All kinds of crazy things would happen. I’d be out front with a customer and suddenly there’d be a big crash from the back. A rack would be on the floor rolls scattered everywhere. Sometimes when I was in the middle of boiling bagels, the fire under the big copper kettle would just go out. And many times when I’d bake a special order, say, a cake for a bar mitzvah or a wedding, it would simply vanish. Poof! Just like that. I didn’t have to see them know they were there.
“After a while, they began to show their faces. It was them, all right, the same two. I’d see them going out the back door, loaded down with all kinds of stuff, or I’d hear them singing that same. the song they sang that night back in Vilna: ‘Money, money – money is for fools. “But they’ve never let me get close, and they’ve never spoken to me. I guess that’s what happened to your mohn cookies, “my grandfather concluded.
Of course, I took this to be the absolute truth. I never questioned any of my grandfather’s other stories. Why should I question this one? The presence of imps in his bakery seemed perfectly natural to me.
Much to my relief, they never came up again, because from that night on, whenever my grandfather came to visit, he always brought me a bag of mohn cookies. Even when he retired from baking and took to selling those little white labels that used to appear on loaves of rye and pumpernickel and challah, proclaiming that not only was this bread kosher but union-made as well, he never forgot the cookies.
Years later I was home from college and went to visit him. On the way to my uncle’s house, where he was living. I passed a Jewish bakery, and something made me stop. Inside all was familiar. There were the bread and rolls and pastries of my childhood, and there is one of the cases was a tray of mohn cookies. I bought a dozen and took them as a gift to my grandfather. As we were eating them along with our tea (mine his in a glass). I asked him what had happened to the imps.
“Ah,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye, “you remember them. Well, they kept up their tricks for years. I finally accepted what they did. It seemed to be my fate, and who am I to question mysteries I don’t understand? But one time – it happened when my helper was in the hospital for an operation of some kind or another, and I had to do everything alone – they began to come every night. ovens spoil batches of dough, tum over this and that, and of course, take whatever they pleased. I thought I’d go crazy.
“Enough is enough, and so one night I screamed at them,” Why do you torment me so? What I did in Vilna, I did. I was a young man. I didn’t know any better. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. ”
“Sorry, sorry. The fool says he’s sorry, ‘one of them sang. With that they dropped the rolls they were carrying and walked right up to me. Then they spoke to me for the first time in 35 years. They told me I’d made an awful mistake back there in Vilna. They said that imps don’t ask for very much, and it’s important that they be given what they do ask for. We humans must understand that we are not alone in this world. There are all kinds of creatures, and each has its own place and purpose. It’s not always given to us to understand what that might be, and for us to think we can have control over everything is pure foolishness. “The silly pride of people, the imps called it.”
They talked, and I listened, and when they finished, I promised to give them whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted it. I even told them Id bake special treats for them. And you know something? “My grandfather said with a laugh. “I never saw them again.”
3. The Boy By The Beach
There are in this small history some gaps that can never be filled up, but as much as I know I will tell you. The cottage where Kit lived until he was five years old stands at the head of a little beach of white shingle, just inside the harbor’s mouth, so that all day long Kit could see the merchant-ships trailing in from the sea, and passing up to the little town, or dropping down to the music of the capstan-song, and the calls and the creaking, as their crews hauled up the sails. Some came and went under bare poles in the wake of panting tugs, but those that carried canvas pleased Kit more. For a narrow coombe wound up behind the cottage, and down this coombe came not only the brook that splashed by the garden gate, but a small breeze, always blowing, so that you might count on seeing the white sails take it, and curve out as soon as ever they came opposite the cottage, and hold it until under the lee of the Battery Point.
Besides these delights, the cottage had a plantation of ash and hazel above it, that climbed straight tp the smooth turf and the four guns of the battery; and a garden with a tamarisk hedge, and a bed of white violets, the earliest for miles around, and a fuchsia-tree three times as tall as Kit, and a pink climbing rose that looked in at Kit’s window and blossomed till late in November. Here the child lived alone with his mother. For there was a vagueness of popular opinion respecting Kit’s father; while about his mother, unhappily, there was no vagueness at all. She was a handsome, low-browed woman, with a loud laugh, a defiant manner, and a dress of violet hues. Decent wives clutched their skirts in passing her: but she was on excellent terms with every sea captain and mate that put into the port. All these captains and mates knew Kit and made a pet of him: and indeed there was a curious charm in the great serious eyes and reddish curls of this child who .other children shunned. No one can tell if he felt his isolation but of course, it drove him to return the men’s friendship and to wear a man’s solemnity and habit of speech. The woman dressed him carefully, in glaring colors, out of her means: and as for his manners, they would no doubt have become false and absurd, as time went and knowledge came, but at the age of four they were those of a prince. “My father was a ship’s captain, too,” he would tell a new acquaintance, “ but he was drowned at sea oh, a long while ago years and years before I was born.”
At the beginning of this speech he had learned from his mother and the misty antiquity of the loss his own childish imagination suggested. The captains, hearing it, would wink at each other, swallow down their grins, and gravely inform him of the sights he would see and the lands he would visit when the time came for him, too, to be a ship’s captain. Often and often I have seen him perched, with his small legs dangling, on one of the green posts on the quay, and drinking in their talk of green icebergs, and flaming parrots, and pig-tailed Chinamen; of coral reefs of all marvelous colors, and suns that burnt men black, and monkeys that hung by their tails to the branches and pelted the passers-by with cocoanuts; and the rest of it. And the child would go back to the cottage in a waking dream, treading bright clouds of fancy, with a little box or knick-knacks in his hand, the gift of some tender-hearted ruffian. It was pitiful. Of course, he picked up their talk, and very soon could swear with equal and appalling freedom in English, French, Swedish, German, and Italian. But the words were words to him and no more, as he had no morals. Nice distinctions between good and evil never entered the little room where he slept to the sound only of the waves that curved around Battery Point and tumbled on the beach below. And I know that one summer evening, when the scandalized townsmen and their wedded wives assembled and marched down to the cottage with intent to lead the woman in a “ Ramriding,” the sight of Kit playing in the garden, and his look of innocent delight as he ran in to call his mother out, took the courage out of them and sent them home, up the hill, like sheep.
Of course, the truth must have come soon. But it never did for when he was just five, the woman took a chill and died.
She had left a little money; and the vicar, rather than let Kit go to the workhouse, spent it to buy the child admission to an orphanage in the Midlands, a hundred miles away.
So Kit hung the rose tree with little scraps of crape and was put, dazed and white, into a train and whisked a hundred miles off. And everybody forgot him.
Kit spent two years at the orphanage in an antique, preposterous suit snuff-colored coat with lappels, canary waistcoat, and corduroy small clothes. And they gave him his meals regularly. There were ninety-nine other boys who all throve on the food: but Kit pined. And the ninety-nine, being full of food, made a racket at times; but Kit found it quite deathly quiet, and his eyes wore a listening look.
For the truth was he missed the noise of the beach and was listening for it. And deep down in his small heart the sea was piping and calling to him. And the world had grown dumb; and he yearned always: until they had to get him a new canary waistcoat, the old one had grown too big.
One evening a lecture was given in the dining room of the Orphanage. The subject was “The Holy Land,” and the lecturer illustrated it with views from the magic lantern.
Kit, who sat in one of the back rows, was moderately excited at first. But the views of barren hills, and sands, and ruins, and palm-trees, and cedars, wearied him after a while. He had closed his eyes, and the lecturer’s voice became a sing-song in which his heart searched, as it always searched, for the music of the beach when by way of variety for it had little to do with the subject the lecturer slipped in a slide that was supposed to depict an incident on the homeward voyage a squall in the Mediterranean.
It was a stirring picture, with an inky sky, and the squall bursting from it and driving a small ship heeling over white-crested waves. Of course, the boys drew their breath.
And then something like a strangling sob broke out on the stillness, frightening the lecturer; and a shrill cry “Don’t go oh, damn it all! don’t go! Take me take me home! ”
And there at the back of the room, a small boy stood up on his form, and stretched out both hands to the painted ship, and shrieked and panted.
There was a blank silence, and then the matron hurried up, took him firmly in her arms, and carried him out.
“Don’t go oh, for the Lord Almighty’s sake, don’t go! ”
And as he was borne down the passages his cry sounded among the audience like the wail of a little lost soul.
The matron carried Kit to the sick-room and put him to bed. After quitting the child a bit she left him, taking away the candle. Now the sick-room was on the ground floor, and Kit lay still a very short while. Then he got out of bed, groped for his clothes, managed to dress, and, opening the window, escaped onto the lawn. Then he turned his face south-west, toward home and the sea and ran.
How could he tell where they lay? God knows. Ask the swallow how she can tell when in autumn the warm south is a fire in her brain. I believe that the sea’s breath was in the face of this child of seven, and its scent in his nostrils, and its voice in his ears, calling, summoning all the way. I only know that he ran straight toward his home, a hundred miles off, and that they found his canary waistcoat and snuff-colored coat in a ditch, two miles from the orphanage, due south-west.
Of his adventures on the road the story is equally silent, as I warned you. But the small figure comes into view again, a week later, on the hillside of the coombe above his home. And when he saw the sea and the white beach glittering beneath him, he did not stop, even for a moment, but reeled down the hill. The child was just a living skeleton; he had neither hat, coat, nor waistcoat; one foot only was shod, the other had worn through the stocking, and ugly red blisters showed on the sole as he ran. His face was far whiter than his shirt, save some ugly red scratches, and his gaunt eyes were full of hunger and yearning, and his lips happily babbling the curses that the ships’ captains had taught him.
He reeled down the hill to the cottage. The tenant was a newcomer to the town and had lately been appointed musky instructor to the battery above. He was in the garden pruning the rose tree but did not particularly notice the boy. And the boy passed without turning his head.
The tide on the beach was far out and just beginning to flow. There was the same dull plash on the pebbles, the same twinkle as the sun struck across the ripples. The sun was sinking; in ten minutes it would be behind the hill.
No one knows what the waves said to Kit. But he flung himself among them with a choking cry, and drank the brine and tossed it over his head and shoulders and chest, and lay down and let the small waves play over him, and cried and laughed aloud till the sun went down.
Then he clambered onto a rock, some way above them, and lay down to watch the water; and watching it, fell asleep; and sleeping had his wish, and went out to the wide seas.
4. Breakfast in Virginia Bedtime Stories For Girlfriend
Two colored boys during the war. For the first time in his life one of them, on furlough from a Southern training camp, was coming North. His best buddy was a New York lad, also on furlough, who had invited him to visit Harlem. Being colored, they had to travel in the Jim Crow car until the Florida Express reached Washington.
The train was crowded and people were standing in WHITE day coaches and in the COLORED coach the single Jim Crow car. Cor portal Ellis and Corporal Williams had, after much insistence, shared for a part of the night the seats of other kindly passengers in the coach marked COLORED. They took turns sleeping for a few hours. The rest of the time they sat on the arm of a seat or stood smoking in the vestibule. By morning they were very tired. And they were hungry.
No vendors came into the Jim Crow coach with food, so Corporal Ellis suggested to his friend that they go into the diner and have breakfast. Corporal Ellis was born in New York and he had been a star trackman with his college team and had often eaten in diners on trips with his teammates. Corporal Williams had never eaten in a diner before, but he followed his friend. It was midmorning. The rush period was over, although the dining car was still fairly full. But, fortunately, just at the door as they entered there were three seats at a table for four persons. The sole occupant of the table was a tall, distinguished gray-haired man. A white man.
As the two brown skin soldiers stood at the door waiting for the steward to seat them, the white man looked up and said, “Won’t you sit here and be my guests this morning? I have a son fighting in North Africa. Come, sit down. “
” Thank you, sir, “said Corporal Ellis,” this is kind of you. ” Corporal Ellis. This is Corporal Williams.
“The elderly man rose, gave his name, shook hands with the two-colored soldiers, and the three of them sat down at the table. The young men faced their host. Corporal Williams was silent, but Corporal Ellis carried on the conversation as they waited for the steward to bring the menus.
“How long have you been in the service, Corporal? “The white man was saying as the steward approached. Corporal Ellis could not answer this question because the steward cut in brusquely,” You boys can’t sit here. “
“These men are my guests for breakfast, steward, “said the white mari”
I am sorry, sir, “said the white steward,” but Negroes cannot be served now. If there’s time, we may have a fourth sitting before luncheon for them, if they want to come back. “
“But these men are soldiers, “said the white man.”
I am sorry, sir. We will take your order, but I cannot serve them in the state of Virginia.
“The two Negro soldiers were silent. The white man rose. He looked at the steward a minute, then said,” I am embarrassed, steward, both for you and for my guests. “To the soldiers he said.” IF you gentlemen will come with me to my drawing-room, we will have breakfast there. Steward. I would like a waiter immediately. Room E, the third car back.
“The tall, distinguished man turned and led the way out of the diner. The two soldiers followed him. They passed through the club car, through the open Pullmans, and into a coach made up entirely of compartments. The white man led them along with the blue-gray corridor, stopped at the last door, and opened it.
“Come in,” he said. He waited for the soldiers to enter.
It was a roomy compartment with a large window and two long comfortable seats facing each other. . The man indicated a place for the soldiers, who sat down together. He pressed a button.
“I will have the porter bring a table,” he said. Then he went on with the conversation just as if nothing had happened. He told them of recent letters from his son overseas, and of his pride in all the men in the military services who were giving up the pleasures of civilian life to help bring an end to Hitlerism. Shortly the porter arrived with the table. Soon a waiter spread a cloth and took their order. In a little while, the food was there.
All this time Corporal Williams from the South had said nothing. He sat, shy and bewildered, as the Virginia landscape passed outside the train window. Then he drank his orange juice with loud gulps. But when the eggs were brought, suddenly he spoke, “This here time, sir, is the first time I ever been invited to eat with a white man. I’m from Georgia.”
“I hope it won’t be the last time, “the white man replied. “Break ing bread together is the oldest symbol of human friendship.” He passed the silver tray. “Would you care for rolls or muffins, Corporal? I’m sorry there is no butter this morning. I guess we’re on rations.”
“I can eat without butter,” said the corporal for the first time his eyes met those of his host. He smiled. Through the window of the speeding train, as it neared Washington, clear in the morning sunlight yet far off in the distance, they could see the dome of the Capitol. But the soldier from the Deep South was not looking out of the window. He was looking across the table at his fellow American
“I thank you for this breakfast,” said Corporal Williams.
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