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On a summer day in 1971, Sally and Cliff are having lunch at the Terrace Plaza, a downtown Cincinnati restaurant up high enough to overlook the city, if it had windows. What the TP did have was a Calder mobile hanging in the lobby.
    
     “So why won’t the family accept Lewis?”
     
     Cliff smiles, sips his wine, and says, “I guess I have no choice but--”
    
     “No, Dad, you don’t.” Sally is determined. “I‘ve been waiting for months."

     “Well, things were going well with the family until one night six or seven years ago when Lew came down from New York and introduced his lover.”

     “Really? What was wrong with her?”

     “She was a he.”

     “Oh.”

     Before Cliff can speak, Sally continues. “I guess that would be a shock for those macho brothers of yours. How did you react?”

     “I didn’t know about it until Lew called me later.”

     “So what did you say? I hope you said what I think you’d say.”

     “Not exactly,” Cliff says with a chuckle. “I said--well that’s show business.”

     “That was not very kind.”

     “No, I guess not, but I wanted Lew to know that I didn’t see the problem. I then said if he was happy about the situation--and I hoped he was--so was I.”

     “What did Lewis say?”

     “Gay or not, you take love where you find it.“

     “I guess that’s true ,” says Sally.

     "And then,” Cliff pauses to sip his wine, “Lew said he found the love he was looking for in Phil, a young director he met last year. They live in the Village. Lew said they‘re happy.”

     “I’m glad.”

     “Me too. Lew deserves to be happy.”

     “Will he ever return to Watertown?”

     Cliff shakes his head slowly and says, “No.”

     “Is that good or bad?”

     “It‘s just the way it is,” says Cliff.

     “I guess I understand,” says Sally.

     “Lew has no more interest in Watertown than I do. Now that he’s a big-time actor
he’s too sophisticated for the old town, and I’m…”

     “You’re what, Dad?”

     “I’m too angry to go back. I was damn glad to get away.”

     “So will I ever see Lewis--Uncle Lewis--again?”

     “Yes, whenever you decide to visit New York. And when you do, I think you should just call him Lewis. Forget the Uncle.”

     “Maybe we could go to New York together.”

     “I’d like that.”

     “As soon as you finish your book.”

     “You mean, as soon as we finish the book. I’m not doing the damn thing alone. I mean, My Sweet, the book is your idea.”

     “Ok, Dad. You write and I’ll type.”

     “That’s a big waste of a college education, isn’t it?”

     “Speaking of college, I’m thinking of transferring. I’d like to get far away from Watertown, too.”

     “All right. Where do you want to transfer?”

     “To any big school that will take me. Like Princeton. If it was good enough for Fitzgerald and Einstein, it’s good enough for me. And then you and mom wouldn’t have to go to Watertown to see me.”
    
     Cliff smiles. He still finds it hard to believe that this lovely twenty-year-old girl--woman--is his daughter. “Sounds like a good plan," he says. "Why don't you check it out?"
    
     “Thanks, Dad, I will." 

     “I know you’re smart enough for Princeton. How are the grades?”

     “Good. Just what you’d expect of Cliff Walker’s daughter.”

     “I think the credit should go to your mother. She’s the smart one.”

     “I guess so, Dad. She married you.”

     “No, Sally. The smart thing she did was leave me.”

     “Maybe we can change that.”

     “Maybe,” says Cliff.

     “Oh, I forgot to ask. Can we afford Princeton?”

     Cliff laughs and finishes his glass of wine. “Let’s go look at the Calder,” he says. “It’s that red thing hanging in the lobby.”

     “It’s an apple.”

     “Yeah,” says Cliff, “that one.”

     “Thanks for telling me about Lewis. I hope to meet Phil, and…do you think he’ll like me?”

     Cliff kisses his daughter and leads her to the Calder.
 


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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/9/2009
I'm baaaack...and enjoying this contuing story. Great dialogue, along with plot!
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/13/2008
although I will readily admit, it takes a very special short story or novel to appeal to me -- I sincerely enjoyed both segments of this short story I have perused -- but then, what else should I expect of a very talented writer -- JMW
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 10/9/2008
Gene, I really like this...and once again, your dialogue is wonderful. I really like these lines, “Gay or not, you take love where you find it." And I have to say, after reading Gerard's comment, I agree with him! It almost seems as though it could be written as a play!
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 10/9/2008
A fantastic story Gene, you keep writing and I'll keep reading. Wonderful how people can accept a change and let people be who they chose and love them just the same. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 10/9/2008
This is the first story I've read from you Gene and for some reason I saw a dark stage a spotlight with two people talking, a dialog of understanding life...pretty weird huh...Great read Gene
Reviewed by Charlie 10/9/2008
Making sense in a beautiful way. He's raising her very well. It's bound to be a best seller. (What? It could happen. :0) --Charlie
Reviewed by Bonnie May 10/9/2008
I love your stories my friend, so keep writing them and I'll keep on reading them. Okay? OKAY! Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/9/2008
Great story, Gene; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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