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[January 04, 2016]
Burchell turned off the power saw in his garage and in the buzzing
silence heard someone clear their throat. Turning around, he found
Randy Jones standing there. Randy is his daughter Katie’s boyfriend,
of course, which everyone who isn’t lost in Zimbabwe has known for
the past two years.
“Hey Randy,” John said, smiling. “I heard you were back home from
college. In fact, I could tell because I haven’t seen much of my
“That’s right, Mr. Burchell,” Randy said.
“I think Katie’s in the house.”
“Actually … I came to see you …”
John wiped his hands on a rag and sat on a folding chair, motioning
Randy to the other one.
“Well, sir, Katie and I have been going together for two years now
“And … well … I wanted to ask you ….”
“I was wondering what you thought … well …?”
Randy gulped, and despite the cold day, wiped his forehead. John
“You see, sir … Katie and I are … serious. In fact, we’ve talked
about … you know.”
“Randy, I’m not going to make this easier for you, in case you’re
wondering. It wasn’t easy for me when I faced Mrs. Burchell’s dad,
Randy pulled himself up straight.
“We’d like to get engaged. I have a ring and everything. Want to see
“Don’t you think Katie should be the first one in this family to see
“Then it’s okay?”
“Congratulations, Son. Now go give her that ring.”
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