It was almost time for the dance to start. Elsie, Maude, Clara, Mattie and Edna
were running between each other's rooms borrowing a little pink rouge and powder to enhance their young and already beautiful faces.
They picked at their "rats" and carefully tucked them into their hair to add a bouffant appearance that was so popular.
All teachers at a school nearby, the young women were thrilled to have been invited to a summer dance by five young male teachers at a boys' school not far away. Living at Mrs. Baker's Ladies' Boarding House,
certain rules had to be followed.
"NO MEN - NO SMOKING - NO DRINKING - NO PROFANITY"
A large sign greated the women as they walked in daily from school.
Mrs. Baker was strict to say the least.
Maude yelled for everyone to be at the front door in five minutes.
The young women all ran down the stairs, stood, looking at the mirror that hung by the front door, took a deep breath and gathered their composure.
Edna opened the front door and the stream of fashionable young ladies made their way down the steps.
It would be a night to remember!
It was only a half - mile walk to the civic building where all town functions
were held. The night was pleasant and as they had walked
people turned their heads to enjoy the sight of the young women.
Entering the building Clara was the first to see the group of men
they were intended to meet.
"Don't act too anxious," she whispered to her friends.
Mattie thought it a good idea to make their way over to the punch bowl
and enjoy a cool drink before "being discovered".
Carl, Earl, Stan, Nick and Arthur spotted the young women they had
been waiting for. Two of them were slicking their hair down
and the other three were straightening their bow ties.
The ambled over to their "dates" and greeted them, presenting them
with tiny pink roses to pin to their dresses or put in their hair.
The music was just starting and everyone was anxious to try out their
new dance steps they had been practicing.
It was an evening of fun and even a little romance.
It was agreed that a Sunday picnic by the town lake was
in order for the next day.
As the young women made their way back home, being careful to
stay in a group, they shared little tidbits of conversation.
Stars were in their eyes and as they fell asleep that night
dreams of love and sweet kisses in their future left
smiles on their lips.
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