Cade Massey’s First Love (part 2)

G.M.C. Massey

The conclusion of granddad’s story of his first love.

I thought that she was trying to high pressure me into Marrying her right then, But I soon realized that she was in dead earnest. So she wanted me to keep coming to see her and maybe that I would change my mind. So I did go back several times But she let Buddy Jackson keep coming too. And Buddy wanted to get married right away too. But there was nothing that I could do to stop except to marry her myself. And I had a deep conviction that I was going to go school as I had planned. For I did not want to start out to raise a family, and to depend upon farming Or working for the other man, by day, month, or year.

Well at this juncture, She and her Father came over to talk with my father, and me, and see if they could come to some kind of understanding so that we could get married, and go on from there; They seemed to think that the schooling was all that stood between us in the contract, and it really was; But he offered to let us live at his house, and he would bear all expenses, and let me have the same advantage; But I knew that he was a poor man himself, and was living on a rented farm, and that he could ill afford the responsibility. And there she Broke in and said that she was tired of the responsibility of the children, And then I was not as sorry as I had been for her, For I could see that was what was hurrying her up, And causing her to sell out so cheaply. And then I stopped trying to appease her.

I could see from her attitude in that, that it was as much for getting rid of the responsibility of the children, as well as getting married; Then, and only then did I see what fate had saved me from. So, I just told them that we would have to forget the whole business. So she and Buddy went on with their plans to get married, and she kept the time delayed as much as she could trying to wait on me.

Then when their time was drawing nigh to get married, she sent her brother to see me and get me to come to see her on Friday night before they were to get married on the next Sunday evening. I went and talked with her and her Father. But I had gone too far on my school work and I had too great an inspiration on going to school to go back on it at this stage of the game. And I promised her to be at the wedding. And put off going over there till I saw Buddy going by. And then she waited for me to get there before she would go on with her part of the contract. And as soon as she saw that I had arrived, she sent her brother to tell me to come there, she wanted to speak to me please. I went and told her that I wanted to wish her well and hoped that she would never have occasion to regret the step that she was taking that day; And I bid her farewell.

That was the last time I saw her till several years had passed, It must have been about six as best that I can guess, and I was married and my Family was started, And I had occasion to go to Winnsboro on business And I had left home after School was out at Gilbreath, and as I was at that time living 20 miles from the town; I had to spend the night away from home, And I went by her father’s home to spend the night. As he was a very good friend of mine; And soon I found out that she and her husband was living on the same place, but in a different house.

Then after Supper she and her three children came up to sit till bed-time, and of course we had an old time reunion so to speak. But her husband was not at home, as usual; And she began to cry, and try to tell me of her plight, And I stopped her, and told her that I knew all the time what is was going to be and tried to save her from it; But she wouldn’t let me then, and now it was too late, and I’d rather not hear of her story; And please make of it the best that she could. And I just had to tell her, “I told you all about that when you could have prevented it.”

She said that she had rather that I had not said that and bursted out in a cry. And her father told her that she was indebted to me for the advice that I gave her and the way that I had treated her through the years. I only commented that It was tragic And that I wished that I had never been concerned in the case. And so she said that I had given her all the pleasure that she had ever had. And I told her that back there when I was offering her the sympathy that I did; I could have helped her out of the suspense; But that was now impossible.

About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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