A Lifetime of Love, Laughter, and Laundry

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A Lifetime of Love, Laughter, and Laundry When Duane Morehead returned to Carlinville on leave from the Navy during World War II, he and his friend, Joe Hoelting, went out for a cup of coffee. As soon as Duane walked into the diner, his eyes were drawn to the beautiful brown eyed girl behind the counter. “I saw this little girl across the counter, and she had these great big brown eyes, and I just fell in,” Duane said. Duane couldn’t believe his ears when Joe told him that the brown eyed beauty was his sister, Virginia. “I laughed and said, ‘Yeah, Joe, she’s my sister too’”, chuckles Duane. “I wouldn’t say it was love at first sight, but there was definitely an immediate mutual attraction”. While they’d never met before, Virginia had admired Duane’s picture in the window of the local teen hangout, The Honeybee. “The owner of the Honeybee had pictures of all of the local men fighting in the war hanging in the window, and I was always looking at Duane’s photo. I thought he was a very handsome sailor, but I had no idea that he was a friend of my brother’s!” They didn’t really talk much that first day, but soon got to know each other when Duane returned to Carlinville High to finish his education. “All the girls were after him”, says Virginia. “They were?!?” Duane says in joking disbelief. The two dated all through Duane’s senior year, and throughout the next fall, even when Duane left for college in Missouri. That next Christmas, Duane joined Virginia at her parents’ home to open presents.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ENG 140 taught by Professor Graham during the Spring '08 term at Blackburn College.

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A Lifetime of Love, Laughter, and Laundry - A Lifetime of...

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