Concerned that Lav has not been heard from in a couple of days, Murdo Girl has decided to track her down. Its not like Lav to be out of touch. Out to lunch, yes, but not out of touch. The Queen hasn’t shown her crown in a couple of days either. At the moment, MG is sitting in Mack’s Cafe enjoying a Coke and a Bing.
Marlene is working today. All her customers are taken care of, so she sits down with MG to visit a few minutes.
Marlene: Not too many people come in here and order a Coke and a Bing. I used to come in after school everyday with my friends Karen, Josephine and Mary. We always had a Coke and a Bing. It brings back some good memories.
Murdo Girl: Yup..This is comfort food for sure. Say Marlene, have you seen Lav and the Queen? No one has seen them for a couple of days. It’s not a good thing for them to be on the loose for long periods of time. I know Lav has been a little upset since Mr. Geisler took the convertible away from her. I haven’t even told her that the VP Quarters is above Sanderson’s Store. She’ll like that!
Marlene: They’re probably over at Loretta’s. I think the bridge marathon is still going on over there. They’ve been playing bridge for two days straight. Can you imagine all the cream o cheese o cherry pie they’ve gone through? Not to mention the nuts and mints.
Murdo Girl: Lav without sleep is bad enough, but Lav full of cream o cheese o cherry pie can’t be good. Where does Loretta live?
Marlene: Loretta lives in a basement house by the Chalet Motel. You’ll be surprised when you see her. You look just like her.
Murdo Girl takes her last bite of cherry mash and heads for Loretta’s….She’s at Loretta’s now. Wow, she thinks. There are a lot of cars here and there is the Queen’s carriage. Down the concrete stairs she goes. Somehow this seems all too familiar. MG knocks at the door. No one comes, so she decides to go on in. Whew! She finds her way through the smokey haze and although her eyes are burning, she see’s the living room and foursome after foursome of bridge players. Finally she spots the Queen and Lav…and the woman who must be…Loretta.
Murdo Girl: Excuse me. I hate to interrupt (cough), but I need to have a word with my NVP and the Queen. I’m your new Next Pres (cough). You must be Loretta. Is this a bomb shelter?
Loretta: You can call me Mom…Have you forgotten? I know you’re not alldumb….You call yourself Murdo Girl because you’re from Murdo. You grew up in this basement. To deny me is to deny your past. BTW, it’s probably time you learned the truth about the disappearance of all your “momentos.”
MG: Are you talking about my saxophone, yearbooks, cheerleading outfit, stereo, pom poms, and the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow pin?
Loretta: Now that’s not fair. I did not get rid of your pom poms. You gave them to Coach Applebee’s daughter Jeri. You were her Connie like.
MG: I’m truly sorry Mom. Actually, I have always wondered why you never taught me how to play bridge.
Loretta: I did, but you didn’t smoke and you ate all the cream o cheese o cherry pie.
MG: Mom..can I have a piece of cream o cheese o cherry pie…for old times sake? I want you to know, you are always welcome at the Brick House. You won’t have to wait in line for tours or anything.
Loretta: Are you kidding? I failed Algebra in that building.
MG: When the smoke clears we will see the truth (cough). Let’s not let Algebra and momentos control us Mom. You are a successful business woman and I am Murdo Girl..Next Pres.
Murdo Matters… This is our song
We must be right, cause we can’t be all wrong
Jones County.. has been here for a Cen tur y
We like our pop cold, and we don’t drink sweet tea.
We support the Coyotes, the team and newspaper
Those who oppose us, disappear into vapor.
A poet I’m not., no song writer or singer
You gotta admit this is one good humdinger!
If my computer doesn’t get fixed soon, you will see more than two M’s burning