Murdo Girl…Hiding out

It’s Saturday and there’s definitely something strange going on. Pearl has noticed Essie has been hanging around more than usual, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.

Pearl knocks on the door of the cat room. She knows Essie is in there and has been for the last couple of hours.


“Who’s there?” Ellie asks.

“It’s Pearl… I think the more appropriate thing to say since this is my home and not yours is, “Please come in. Now, please open the door.”

“Okay,…Jeez, Pearl, can’t a person and a dog have a little privacy?”

“Of course, but I need to know what your motives are.”

“My what?”

“Your motives… I can’t help but notice you have been over here a lot more lately. Every time I look around, I see you. I doubt Pearl the dog’s bathroom habits have changed that much so clue me in please.”

Some of Mom’s friends

“I’m grounded and this is the only place Mom will let me go besides home. The only reason I can come here is because of my job.”

“Your grounded again? Good Grief, child…You don’t seem to be able to stay on the right side of the law. What did you do this time?”

“I think it’s Mom’s fault. She should’ve told me no when I asked her if I could ride my brother’s bike to Harold the Barber’s to get a haircut. My brother really likes that bike.”

“Anyway, I was preoccupied  by something on the way home and I wrecked his bike. It only scraped it up a little, and you can’t even see any damage on one whole side. The chain came off, but that’s an easy fix. The handle bars are kinda loose, but I like them that way. You can adjust them easier and make sharper turns.”

“So, you got grounded for making a pile of  metal and rubber out of your brother’s fancy bike?”

“Well, not exactly. When Mom got home, I was crying and I couldn’t stop.  I felt so bad, I even had those hiccups you get when you cry hard for a long time. Mom told me twice to stop crying and I really tried, but I was what you call, devastated. Mom got really nice and sat down beside me. She said she would have a talk with my brother and he probably wouldn’t be that mad, so I could quit crying over it now.”

“I must be missing something, here. It sounds like you were going to skate on this one.” Pearl really looked puzzled, and if it’s one thing Pearl really hates, it’s when she doesn’t have the whole story.

“I told Mom I wasn’t crying because I wrecked the bike, I was crying because I hate my haircut. Harold has a new guy working there part-time and just look what he did to me. I yelled at him too. I said, “It’s okay for me to have a little hair, buster!”


Well, Pearl told me I can’t stay in the cat room until my hair grows out, so we went to her apartment above the store. She said I needed a few lessons on how to leave well enough alone. I think that means, if things are going your way, keep your mouth shut. I’m staying over at Pearl and Grace’s as much as I can. At least til my brother cools down some. Pearl said I could keep coming over here, but she’s not going to pay me for hiding-out time.

My brother and me in happier times.
I’m Pearl the dog and even I know better than to bite the hand that feeds me…or cuts your hair.

8 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Hiding out

  1. sanjuan831 October 31, 2017 / 11:36 am

    She lived a long life. Elsa was always friendly to me and a happy person. She invited Andrea and me to work at their motel in Custer one summer for a week or so. We felt like we were in heaven. She was so nice to us.


  2. sanjuan831 October 31, 2017 / 9:23 am

    These pictures are treasures. Beautiful of the four ladies. Is Elsa Peck holding a cigarette in her hand? Or did we decide that’s someone else?

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    • Mary Francis McNinch October 31, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Yes that is Elsa. She.looked just like that on one of Mark’s tapes. The one of the get together at the LandMark. I hadn’t noticed her cigarette before.

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  3. countrygirl57 October 30, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Love this story. We all need a place to hide out!!!😊

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  4. scoper07 October 30, 2017 / 7:21 am

    I was at Harold the barber’s one day and a guy a couple of years older than us was in the chair. He was trying to imitate the Glen Campbell style so he was telling Harold to cut just a little bit off around the ears and block the back, etc. When he got done it looked like he didn’t even have any hair cut off. He asked Harold how much he owed. Harold took his pipe out of his mouth and said, “You don’t owe me anything. Come back when you want a haircut!”

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  5. lifelessons October 29, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I can sympathize with that little girl. I had a similar haircut just before the last Murdo reunion and i didn’t accept it gracefully, either.

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    • Mary Francis McNinch October 29, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Me too, The long part should have been shorter and the short part should have been longer, plus I colored it myself and it turned black.

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