The rumbling sound of Nancy’s pickup truck could be heard a mile away. As it was heading down the road, she honked the horn, waving to people carrying signs and protesting in front of a factory for shorter work hours and better pay. She beeped again to show support for the demonstrators.
For Nancy, she never expected to work as a delivery girl. She had plans, high hopes, and big dreams. Nancy was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her classmates. She had promised herself a long time ago that as soon as she graduated and landed a job, she would have her own apartment and drive a red convertible. But it didn’t happen. She could have settled for a minivan, but that didn’t happen either. Instead, she drove a parcel delivery van. Things had not gone well for her at all.
Most Likely to Succeed? What a crock!
Nancy had to admit that the biggest mistake she ever made in her life was falling for a bad boy who loved to chase women and continued to do so even after they wed. He had roving eyes, and he loved to flirt. She should have seen it coming.
As she was driving down a long winding road, she looked at her son asleep in the back seat. Minutes later, he woke up and cried. Nancy pulled over to the side of the road, retrieved a fresh bottle from a small ice chest, stuck the nipple in the baby’s mouth, and continued driving again. Her mind drifted back and forth over her life as she wondered how she ended up there.
Nancy was by far the most attractive girl in high school in every aspect of that term. She was gorgeous and popular and voted homecoming and prom queen by her peers. She began college on a scholarship and changed her wild ways to become a nurse. Nancy focused on her studies, got involved in various social groups, and set aside dating until she had a career. Her parents were so proud of her.
Then she met Julius in the school cafeteria, a handsome and charming man with a warm smile and easygoing personality. However, he was also a playboy and always had a different woman every week, and Nancy knew he was wrong for her. She avoided people like him. Sure, Nancy dated many good-looking guys in high school but no one that had a reputation for being a playboy, rumor or not. She had no tolerance for it. But Julius never gave up and continued to pursue her, telling her to take a chance on loving him.
As they say, Julius’s persuasion and boldness paid off, and he swept Nancy off her feet. Nancy found herself attracted to his bad boy persona, biker image, and rebellious look. She gave in to his charms, and in a blink of an eye, Nancy’s dream of a successful career shattered. She lost her scholarship because she returned to her wild ways, partying all night long with Julius. Soon, Julius and Nancy got married at city hall with only a few friends present without thinking of the consequences of their action. Nancy’s parents were furious. They didn’t know their daughter was in a relationship, let alone married. They didn’t approve of Julius when they came to visit them and became worried that their daughter married a gangster because he looked tough and ready to fight. Nancy’s parents thought Julius was rude, arrogant, and disrespectful. Nancy’s father was so angry when she chose Julius over them. He forbade her to step foot in their house again. Eventually, they disowned her. It devastated Nancy, but she couldn’t blame them. She had broken their hearts.
Nancy soon found out she made a big mistake. She thought Julius was wealthy and had his own place in New York. Nancy should have noticed something was strange when he took her there. The apartment had a feminine touch, something she never expected, but she was so in love she brushed it off and never questioned him. It turned out Julius was only house-sitting for a friend who was a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Thailand. She had been gone almost a year, and Julius had been staying there while she was away. He had no job and had no interest in working, and his parents supported him. Nancy fell for his charismatic ways, and he had fooled her for so long, blind to his lies and overlooked the signs that Julius was wrong for her because she fell head over heels in love with him
When Julius’s friend, Shirley, returned from Thailand a few months later, she was surprised to see Nancy living in her house. Julius hadn’t told her he had gotten married. Shirley thought the two of them had a unique connection and mutual understanding. She was furious and felt betrayed. Shirley threw them out of the house and threatened to call the police if they didn’t leave.
With no other place to go, they didn’t have a choice but to live with Julius’s parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.