Murdo Girl…She didn’t think it through

Our miss Murdo Girl is learning that life happens while we’re  busy making plans. Someone should tell her to settle herself down a little or she’s going to drive everybody nuts!


Good news! Mr. Thune hired me to work at the Frosty. I start as soon as I get back from music camp, which is where I am right now.

Yes, Mr. Palmer talked me into music camp. Grandpa drove me all the way to Vermilion, because Mom is already busy with the Motel. I haven’t told her about my new job yet. Marlene’s going to help her out a little while I’m gone. She’s also going to help me find someone to take my place at the Motel this summer. I hate to leave my own Mom high and dry.

The best part is, I’ll get to work with Connie. I plan to ask her advice about how I can be more like her. She’ll probably take me under her wing and help me get myself together. My world is about to expand!

Another even more wonderful thing happened. I made cheerleader. I’ll be a sophomore, and the other three are going to be seniors; so it’s Connie Jackson, Eunice Elrod, Marilyn Kinsley, and me, Mary Francis! I still can’t believe I made it! Life could not be better! All of my dreams are coming true!

This is my 3rd day of camp and I’m having the time of my life. The first day, after Grandpa left, I felt like a fish out of water. You might not realize this about me, but I’m painfully shy. We’re all staying in the dormitory, and we all have roommates. I really like mine. Her Dad owns the shoe store in Pierre. Her sister and her best friend are here too.

They keep us really busy preparing for the concert which will be at the end of the week. Larry Weigandt is here too. We both play saxophone, so I see him at practice. I’m also singing in the chorus. Yes, I’m an alto, and they have me at the end of all the other alto singers. I’m so far from first chair, I’m surprised they even give me a chair. I don’t even know if they call singers 1st or 2nd chair. I just know to go to the end. Anyway, Larry’s family is coming for the concert and they’re letting me ride back to Murdo with them. That way Grandpa doesn’t have to make another round trip.

Someone just brought me a letter from Marlene and Mom. They both wrote . Mom was mowing around the Motel, and hit a rock, which was terrible because she was wearing sandals. Two of her toes were partially sliced off and another toe was cut pretty badly.

Mom said Marlene is a HUGE help, and that she has to take care of almost everything, since Mom has to use crutches to get around.

I’ve gotta go to the cafeteria now to eat with my new friends. I think the food is pretty good. I was worried at first, because there’s a sign in the girl’s bathroom that says, “Flush hard. It has to go all the way to the cafeteria.”


She applied for the Frosty job too..she got fired from Cafe 16 for taking too many tea breaks

Well, this isn’t how it was supposed to go. Connie isn’t working at the Frosty this summer. Cynthia Bork is. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cynthia a whole lot. I don’t know if it was Cynthia or Mr. Thune that wants us to wear white uniforms. Now I can’t even dress in cute Connie-like clothes that all my friends would see when they hung around the Frosty at night. That’s another disappointment.


This is something I didn’t think about.

I have to stay..inside the Frosty…all the kids are… outside the Frosty. .And guess who’s right there with them?…Marlene.

Mom and Marlene…New best friends

You see Mom loves Marlene so much, she hired her to replace me. She’s even paying her more than she paid me. On top of that, tourist season is so good, the Motel gets filled up, closed up, Marlene gets paid and is usually the first one to get to the Frosty.

The kids that hang out there are a pain in the watusi too. They’re very demanding when they order stuff. I can’t even have the shortest of conversations with the person I’m waiting on without the one behind him or her throwing a fit.

Mr. Thune is great to work for, but I don’t even get off when I thought I would. For some reason, I thought I got to leave when the Frosty closes. Nope, we have to spend another hour cleaning. By the time I get to leave, there’s not another kid within five miles of that Frosty.

I’ve only been there a couple of weeks and I’m already sick of BBQ and ice cream. One day I got really sick. I was by myself, so I went next door to Super Value and told the lady I was sick and had to go home. I couldn’t even lock up because I didn’t have a key. I guess the Super Value lady called Mr. Thune. I was so sick, I could only make it as far as the office/#1 of the Motel. I was glad there was a telephone in there. I called Mom at the house and she came over there and took care of me.

I’m not even going to think about next summer yet. What if Marlene won’t give me my job back? Mom’s always talking about how thorough Marlene cleans the rooms. She takes her time. Mom even brings her and the other cleaner a homemade cinnamon roll from Doris’ for their break.

Mr. Thune with someone who worked for him at the Frosty many years ago.

Here’s an update. All the cheerleaders came over yesterday. We practiced behind the Motel. We have to be ready to hit the ground running when school starts, because our first football games are scheduled right away.

I hurt so bad today, I had to stop every three steps when I was walking to work. It took me 30 minutes to go 2 blocks.

Just a little local news

I just realized I have done a lot of complaining in this paper. Well, I’m a teenager, and that’s what teenagers do.









9 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…She didn’t think it through

  1. sanjuan831 May 31, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    So funny! Being a teenager isn’t easy, proven again by Murdo Girl!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lifelessons May 31, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Did they sew your mom’s toes back on, I hope? Ouch!! I am still flinching..Poor Loretta.


      • lifelessons June 1, 2016 / 10:06 am

        Ouch. My husband cut his finger off on the band saw and it worried him for the rest of his life..It didn’t hurt–but he constantly rubbed the nub with his other fingers. I hope you meant it was very painful at first but that the pain then went away.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Francis McNinch June 1, 2016 / 4:17 pm

        I have heard about that happening, but Mom didn’t mention anything like that.


      • lifelessons June 1, 2016 / 5:18 pm

        I saw a little band saw for sale at the resale place today and I’ve been wanting one, but a vision of Bob’s finger floated (zoomed) in front of my eyes and I left it there. Shudder.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Mary Francis McNinch June 1, 2016 / 5:27 pm

        Good decision..You don’t want to go to the reunion missing a finger.


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