The rumbling sound of Nancy’s pickup truck heard a mile away. As it was heading down the road, she honked the horn waving to people carrying signs, 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. They voted her “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, huh! What a crock!
Nancy had to admit that the biggest mistake she ever made in her life was falling for a pretty boy who loved to chase women and continued to do so even after they wed. He had a roving eye, 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 then she 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 hottest girl in high school in every aspect of that term. She was gorgeous, famous, and voted homecoming and prom queen by her peers and was captain of the cheerleading squad. Nancy dated the handsome and wealthy guys that the other girls wanted. She continued on the path to success when she began college on scholarship and changed her wild ways to become a nurse. Nancy focused on her studies and got involved in various social groups and even 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 Nancy knew he was wrong for her. She avoided people like him. Sure, Nancy dated strings of good-looking guys, but dated 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. They got married at a City Hall with only a few friends present. Nancy’s parents were furious. Her father was so angry, he forbade her to step foot in their house again. Eventually, they disowned her. It devastated Nancy, but she couldn’t blame them. She broke their hearts.
Nancy soon found out she made a big mistake. Julius wasn’t the man she thought he was. She thought he was wealthy and had his own place in New York. Nancy should have noticed something 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. It turned out Julius was only house-sitting for a friend who was a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Thailand. She had gone almost a year, and Julius had been staying there since. He had no job and had no interest in working, and his parents supported him. Julius wasn’t even a student at any school. He hung out in the school cafeteria just to meet girls. Nancy fell for his charismatic ways, and he fooled her for so long, blind to his lies because she was in love with him. She realized how much happier she was when she was alone, trying hard to pursue a career. Now, it was too late. Julius controlled every aspect of her life.
When Julius’s friend, Shirley returned from Thailand a few months later, it surprised her to see Nancy living in her house. Julius hadn’t told her he got 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. With no other place to go, they took refuge at Nancy’s old dormitory. Julius was such a charmer that Nancy’s roommates didn’t mind Julius sleeping in the same room with them.
With late night partying in their dorm every night, Nancy’s grades dropped, putting her education in jeopardy. Then the inevitable happened. Nancy lost her scholarship, which meant she lost the privilege of staying in the dorm.
What would her parents think of her now? It still upset them that she got married without their knowledge so she couldn’t ask them for financial support. She knew it would bother them to see her if she came home with her husband. She wasn’t even sure if they would be glad to see her at all.
With no other place to go, they didn’t have a choice but to live with Julius’s parents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.