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"There once was a postman. He delivered mail -- watching, listening, reading. He was 'odd', thought Mary Catherine Yablonski. Mary Catherine played a Merle Haggard single, 'Okie From Muskogee', in rotation with Puccini and a compilation of polkas, played on accordion, on a burnt-umber bakelite record player she had purchased with S&H Green Stamps.

"She was afraid of certain returned Vietnam vets. They were 'odd', she thought. Something had happened to them over there and it wasn't good. They left Shortstops and Produce Clerks and came back Questioners -- many poetic and and angry: un-American.

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"Mary Catherine heard that her postman was a Vietnam veteran. He smiled a lot, or frowned. Wore his hair a bit to long. She confided in her mother that he 'smelled of marijuana.' She really didn't know what burning hemp smelled like. She wrote in her diary that 'he is cute and makes me nervous.' He handed her her Readers Digest once, touching her right thumb. She trotted to the kitchen and drank a coffee cup of cooking sherry.

"Then he stopped delivering her mail. Her new mailman was a middle-aged career letter carrier with big feet and a soggy, dripping cigar plugged into his face like a bristling growth. She timidly asked the new mailman where the old mailman went. He responded, 'That Hippie, he's gone to California or some other Commie place, he thinks he's a singer.' The New Mailman then pointed to the American Flag decal on her window, nodded and winked.

"A year later Mary Catherine went to the record store to buy the latest Lawrence Welk recording for her mother on her birthday. Standing at the counter, waiting to pay, she witnessed the clerk excitedly telling the customer in front of her about a new record by a local guy that used to deliver mail. The clerk picked up the album cover and started waving it around.

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"It was him, the 'odd' mailman. Mary Catherine turned, put the Lawrence Welk record back in the bin, quickly exiting the store. She walked back home, wiping tears away from her lightly powdered cheek with her red, white and blue nylon head scarf..." From "An American Love Story" By Franklin Cincinnatus

 

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... and then what happens? does Mary Catherine buy the record? Does she go to California? I love that I am wanting to know what happens next!

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She becomes president of the Lawrence Welk fan club. Meets the repairman that worked on Myron Floren's accordion. They start dating. He turns her on to weed and alternative lifestyles. She started writing for an underground publication and teaching macrame. The accordion repairman finds greener pastures in Guadalajara. She follows him down there. They quarrell. She takes a bus to Laredo, Texas, stays, eventually becoming the contented wife of a local businessman. They have three children. One autumn morning she discovers that the postman is playing a concert in San Antonio. She lies to her husband, telling him she is going shopping, goes to the concert instead. After the concert she is able to approach the Mailman. He remembers her. Tells her that he wrote a song for her all those years ago. Plays it for her. They go to a restaurant and have coffee. She tells him that she was heartbroken when he left. He said that he remembered touching her thumb. He gives her a kiss on the cheek. She returns to Laredo and buys her husband a guitar. He becomes quite good, playing coffee houses and festivals across the southwest. Her mother comes to live with them becoming a percussionist, a dream she had had for years. The children are scared of their Grandmother. She buys the autobiography of Lawrence Welk for the kids -- they then feel more comfortable with her. Mary Catherine becomes tired of weekends on the road. Her husband leaves her for a divorced folk singer. The Grandmother continued to travel and play with her ex-son-in-law. Mary Catherine eventually writes a screenplay that is purchased by Kevin Costner and made into a really bad movie. She is approached by Shirley MaClaine, at a rodeo in Falfurrias, to ghost write a memoir for her . It doesn't happen but she meets a roadie for Led Zeppelin in New York while visiting Shirley and follows him to England. Eventually falling in Love with a retired mailman that plays the accordian and collects macrame. They marry and raise corgis in Devon.


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I'm beginning to think you're a genius, Kevin Tully. :)

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Janet, I don't know about that but, thank you very much!

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