Grace Lee’s Home
“Is Earl Grey fine?”
“Yes, Thank you.” Gretchen Shue accepted the saucer and tea cup.
“So tell me, how is he transition going? It was so great to hear Aunt Martha left you the house. We all knew it would get back to Willow Groove.” Grace said, talking an oreo from the plate on the coffee table.
“Brooklyn was growing old. Adam was offered a nice retirement package from the city and I had enough time to retire also, so
“Amber getting into Myra probably didn’t help.”
“Oh yea, she was skeptical at first. Yale and Stanford where her top 2 choices, but the full ride really us convince her to go to Myra for undergrad instead.”
Cling cling went the door chimes signifying the arrival of the Grace’s two guests. “That must be Marie and Julia,” Grace said getting up to greet her new guests.
“Sorry we’re late. Melissa had to have a discussion with my hairbrush before I left,” Julia stated taking off her coat. “I don’t know what gets into that girl sometimes. It is like tomorrow is the first day of kindergarten, not her sophomore year of college.”
“Well hopefully the hot heine will temper her behavior,” Grace replied, taking the platter from Marie. “Julia, Marie, this is Grace, Grace this is Julia and Marie,” Grace introduced before slipping off to the kitchen.
“Nice to meet you,” Marie offered her hand, which Gretchen stood to shake.
“You as well,” Gretchen replied.
Julia and Marie both took seats across from Gretchen and the sofa she was sharing with Grace.
“Wow, 20 minutes late. I didn’t think I took that long,” Julia said, noticing the time on the grandfather clock in the corner.
“So, you still spank your daughter?” Gretchen asked.
“Of course I do. And I will until she’s married,” Julia replied. “Didn’t you grow up here?”
“Yea, I just thought that tradition would have ended long ago,” Gretchen said.
“Ended?” Julia laughed. “I can’t think of any tradition ending in Willow Groove, yest of all one involving punishments. Why break something that works?”
“I guess so,” Gretchen conceded.
“Didn’t your mother spank you until you got married?” Marie asked, nibbling on an Oreo.
“Yea, I hated those evil chopsticks.”
“And it must’ve worked,” Julia mentioned. “Thought I bet it wasn’t as bad as the cane.”
“I don’t know about the cane, but the chopsticks were awful things. Much worst that the paddle in school.”
“Yea, pledge week though was no walk in the park.” Marie said.
“Which sorority were you in?” Gretchen asked.
“Sigma Epsilon Chi!” Marie stated proudly.
“Oh, me too, what year? I pledged in ’74” Gretchen said.
“Way before my time. I pledged in ’93” Marie said.
“Yea, you youngin’s,” Gretchen smirked. “Julia, were you a sister also?”
“Yea,” Julia answered. She was quite taken back at the question. “I was a year ahead of you.”
“You were?” Gretchen was puzzled for a moment. “Wait, is your maiden name Mason?”
“Yup!” Julia answered.
“Wow, I didn’t recognize you. You were chubby and dorky in college, now freaking gorgeous.” Gretchen gasped, covered her mouth in embarrassment.
“Yea, a year after Alberto and I married, I grew another another inch in all the important areas and lost a couple in the less important ones.”
“She what you would call a late bloomer,” Marie mocked.
“Alberto’s surely a lucky man.”
Grace returned with another platter of fresh vegetables. “Something a little healthier. So what did Melissa do?” Grace asked Julia.
“It was just bratty attitude stuff, nothing real big. I probably shouldn’t have let it get this far but it did. We hadn’t had a discussion since the fourth.”
“Of July?” Grace questioned.
“Lucky for you, the twins have gotten two since the fourth. One was a real dozy,” Grace said.
“What did they do?” Marie inquired.
“John caught them up at the river skinny dipping.”
“John caught them skinny dipping! Wow!” Marie exclaimed.
“Yea, we both lit into them. There’s nothing like a willow switch to get your point across.”
“Lasted them until this past weekend when they got into an argument over some shirt.”
“Ah girls will be girls. It isn’t like we never did anything like that growing up.” Julia said.
“Remember the sorority backpacking trip my junior year, when we ‘accidentally’ ran into the boys?” Gretchen asked Julia.
“I’ve never forgotten. I’m so glad we didn’t caught. If my mother knew of half the stuff I did that weekend, I wouldn’t have been able to sit for a year.”
“Me neither. You know Lucy Caufield got caught. Her mom found a pair of men’s briefs in her laundry,” Grace said.
“She did? That’s what she gets for winning at strip poker,” Julia laughed. “It also explains why she disappeared for a couple of hours every Saturday morning during the following semester.”
“Yea, I heard she spilled everything she did to her Mom and as punishment got the belt once a week until everything was amended for.”
“Ouch! I didn’t think we did that many naught things that weekend,”
“Drinking, strip poker, truth or dare, skinny dipping, blow jobs, sex,” Grace counted off.
“Wow, mine would’ve flipped out too,” Marie gasped.
“You forgot the pine cone races,” Julia said, smiling.
“Aaghhh, I don’t know how you all got me to agree to that one,” Gretchen squirmed a little.
“Tequila!” Julia pronounced.
“What are pine cone races?” Marie asked hesitantly.
“You don’t want to know,” Gretchen answered quickly.
“It’s a relay like race. The guys run this obstacle course then fuck their girlfriend until they cum, slip a pine cone into her ass then she repeats the course without letting the pine cone come out.” Julia explained, much to Gretchen’s embarrassment.
“Ouch!” Marie said, covering her mouth in disbelief.
“Yea…we were dumb kids,” Gretchen sucked gently on her left cheek.
“That’s for sure,” Marie nervously laughed.
“Oh come on, you didn’t do anything wild and crazy in college?” Grace chided the younger women.
“No,” Marie answered meekly. The blush gathering in her cheeks gave away the lie.
“Sure you didn’t,” Julia grinned.
“Noting really,” Marie denied even as she felt her cheeks grow hot.
“Come on, tell us!” Julia eagerly pestered her friend.
“It couldn’t be worst that what we did,” Gretchen added her support of Julia.
“Kind of. Between my junior and senior year we bet the Nu Rho Delta girls we could get more pledge signups than them and we lost,” Marie related.
“The Nu’s got more pledge signups than you? They are still the nerds right?” Gretchen asked.
“Yea,” Marie conceded.
“So what was the bet?” Grace asked.
“Hell week. All the Sigma officers spent orientation week under the same conditions as their pledges spend hell week,” Marie said.
“So, I don’t remember hell week being that bad when I pledged,” Gretchen asked. “What? Bad food and a little paddling?”
“Nu girls are screwed up though. They basically lock their pledges in diapers for the week and spank them if they wet the diaper.” Marie explained.
“Your kidding,” Grace said.
“Unfortunately no,” Marie admitted, to the chucking of the other ladies. “I think all five of us officers got spanked every day that week. The worst part was asking to be changed, especially when you knew it was wet.”
“Why didn’t you take it off when you were at the house?” Julia asked.
“They used these little luggage locks with a short metal chain around our waists. Tracey, one of the VPs tried to get out the first day and they found out. She squealed like a pig when they used that hairbrush on her. Then they didn’t powder her when the diaper was replaced. She complained about diaper rash for two weeks.”
“Yikes, I remember how much trouble Melissa was that one time she had diaper rash,” Julia commented.
“I could imagine. Amber got it the first time I left her with her father unsupervised. Not a fun baby.” Gretchen mentioned.
“Well we should probably get started on planning the alumni dinner,” Grace refocused the group on the reason they were meeting.