CALVIN'S HOME - LIVING ROOM
I have to tell you again, that was an absolutely delicious dinner,"
Dorothea Jackson smiled as she sat on the couch and sipped her coffee.
"I thought you'd enjoy
it," Calvin Jackson smiled warmly and walked into the room as he finished
drying the last of the dinner dishes. "It's not often that you let me
fix you dinner."
"And that's one of the
reasons why I took you up on your offer." Dorothea watched her son
closely through the door to the kitchen while he put the last of the dishes away
and dried his hands.
of the reasons?" He moved back into the living room, carrying his own
cup of coffee, and sat down in his chair. "Would there happen to be another
reason why you came over for dinner?"
lowered her head innocently as she took a deep breath. "I was hoping
that you'd tell me a little more about this girl you've been seeing. And
don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about, either! I know
you've been seeing someone for months."
"And what makes you think
that?" He let out a hearty laugh, amused by her curiosity.
"I can tell these
things. I am your mother, after all. We know
things." She smiled slyly and waited for him to tell her about the
new young woman in his life. After a few moments of waiting, she quickly
realized that he wouldn't be quite as forthcoming on his own as she'd
hoped. "All right, Calvin. Are you going to tell me about her
or do I have to drag it out of you?"
"Mother, there's really
not that much to tell." He blushed with embarrassment over how much
attention she was putting onto his love life. "I met a lovely girl
and we've been seeing quite a bit of each other."
"I could have gathered
all of that on my own!" Dorothea shook her head slightly over how
evasive he was being. "Well...? What's her name? Who are
her parents? Is she working or is she in school?"
"S-she's a very nice
girl," Calvin nodded as he rose from his chair and casually began to pace
around the room.
He really would have liked to
have been more open with his mother concerning Ruby, but he still felt quite
insecure as far as she was concerned. After all, she was a wealthy
young Negro woman from a prominent family. His own family background and
social standing clearly wasn't as impressive as hers. However, she'd
mistakenly assumed that he, too, was from a wealthy family and a suitable match
He'd been too embarrassed
about his mother's true status as a maid to correct Ruby. It had been a
rather awkward tap dance the last few months as he carefully avoided mentioning
his family to Ruby and Ruby to his mother. He was certain that if Ruby
were to find out the truth, she would quickly see that he wasn't suitable for
her and then that would be that.
asked as she carefully watched her son's nervous behavior. "There's got
to be more to tell than that!"
he muttered as he paused by the front window and peered outside at the snow that
kept coming down. "Momma, maybe you better let me give you a ride
back to the hotel. Or, better yet, let me fix up the spare room for you so
you can spend the night. It's still really coming down out there. I
can't even see where the sidewalk ends and the road begins."
"Oh, and I promised Miss
Mary that I'd be home in time for our nightly game of cards," Dorothea
sighed with a disappointed slump of her shoulders. "Well, considering
the weather, it just can't be helped. Let me at least phone her so that
she won't worry."
Calvin walked over to the side
table next to his chair and lifted the receive of the telephone and held it to
his ear. As he made a curious face, he repeatedly tapped the phone.
"Hello? Operator?" He made another curious face.
"Calvin? What is
"Oh, this blasted snow
storm," he sighed as he returned the receiver to its carriage.
"The phone lines must be down."
"Oh, well," Dorothea
muttered. "I'm sure Miss Mary will understand considering the
weather. Besides, this could turn into a good thing."
that?" He eyed her curiously, sure that she was up to something.
"Well, now I have an
entire night to needle you about the young lady you're seeing." She
grinned broadly and let out a hearty laugh. "And, if the weather lets
up, you can drive me home then. I do so look forward to a spirited game of
Calvin's response was
more one of silent discomfort. He just couldn't let his mother know too
much about Ruby because he was certain that she'd insist on meeting her and he
knew that was something he just couldn't allow to happen. There
wasn't any way he could let Ruby know that he wasn't quite as important as she
thought he was. He was certain that if she were to find out the truth,
then whatever future they might have together would be completely ruined.