Quote of the Month: Open the window in the center of your chest and let the spirits fly in and out. Rumi
(My theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge is Open.)
This year, as I was preparing for the A to Z Challenge, several events emerged that sparked new voices in my head. First, we had a Pad Thai and Sock Puppet Night for our Primo Art Spa, where I created the sock puppet characters Willie and Millie. I had not thought about what I’d create until I sat down and started grabbing fabric. That night, we spent some time giving our characters a story. I set them aside until as I was sorting through my sock drawer and some conflicting viewpoints, and I had an epiphany!
Millie and Willie started talking to me, so I’ll get out of their way and let them take over the A to Z Challenge. They’ve been a pair for 45 years and have lived colorful lives. I’ll let them tell you how they met.
A = Opening an Account!
Millie and Willie Cottonpoly
Millie: I was working at the First State Bank of Worthington.
Willie: I just got my first paycheck from Burlington Northern Railway and went to open an account. (starts humming, I’ve been working on the railroad)
Millie: It was July 5, 1967.
Willie: You were blushing like a school girl.
Millie: I was sunburned. My girlfriends and I had covered ourselves in baby oil and laid out on the window ledge all day until the fireworks display to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day.
Willie: The sunburn got suddenly darker when I asked for her phone number. (Millie shoots him a look)
Millie: He was very forward. I didn’t know what kind of fellow he was, so I said No.
Willie: The next day I came back in with my coffee can filled with coins. I stood there admiring her gorgeous, strong limbs as she counted out all 243 dollars. (chuckles)
Millie: I hated counting out coins. They have machines to do it, now. It was a putzy job. I was cursing him out in my head the whole time.
Millie: When I was done, I handed him his bills, shut my window, and took my coffee break. I thought that was a clear message that I didn’t want anything to do with him.
Willie: (chuckle) Luckily, I’m clueless that way.
Millie: The next day, I saw him walking in the door, so I took my time with Mr. Landry, thinking he’d go to another girl’s window.
Willie: I was patient. I just held back, slowly filled out my deposit slip, and when Mr. Landry walked away, I slid right up to her window and grabbed the money out of my pocket.
Millie: The 243 dollars in the exact same bills that I’d counted out for him the day before. I was about to tell him to go make his deposit at some other window…
Willie: But, my Hot Tamales caught her eye. (eyebrows waggle up and down)
Willie: (chuckles) I’d picked up the candy on my route to Minneapolis the week before. I saw that she was eyeing them, so I opened the box and offered her one.
Millie: I put one in my mouth and my tongue was on fire.
Willie: She couldn’t talk for a few minutes, so I took the opportunity to tell her a little about myself and that I would be honored if she’d accompany me to the movies on Saturday night. I brought a fresh box of Hot Tamales, and the rest is history.
Millie: What can I say? I was craving a little spice in my life. (blushes like a sunburned school girl)
Keep coming back to Play off the Page to read more of Millie and Willie’s spicy adventures!
Happy Birthday Arlee Bird, the brilliant blogger who started the A to Z Challenge in 2010! What a riot. It’s like a big blog party. I hope you enjoy your day and this year’s challenge.
I hope all of you enjoy getting to know Millie and Willie Cottonpoly. They can be a hoot. That’s for sure.
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: Tell the story of how you met a special friend.
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I L-O-V-E this theme Mary!
Two great characters + fun dialogue!!
(When my well of creativity runs dry, I’m off to sort out my sock drawer… or any other type of drawer that needs sorting… who knows what I’ll find there…)
I love this too, Mary!!! So creative. I will be back.
Cute! I love Love stories 🙂 <3
Banks are good for romantic encounters, also, the coffee shop…
Ah…the old married couple. You’re so good; I can’t even remember my puppets’ names!
Hot Tamales work every time! Yes, we are rather clueless sometimes.
Very clever, Mary!!
Very cute, Mary. I’m one of the minions helping check the different blogs and you’re on my list, so it’s very nice to meet you!! Just wanted to stop by and say hi…I’ll look forward to reading more of Millie and Willlie’s adventures. 🙂
Hi Mary I love you blog and I’m so sad I missed out on the A to Z challenge . Ah well I shall just read yours lol
What a neat idea for a theme…. 🙂
What a neat idea for a theme…. 🙂