Make Up a Story
Stories from Around the World
Story by various residents of Canterbury at Cedar Grove, Cedar Grove NJ.
Facilitated by Lillian Ribeiro.
TimeSlips Session: #13
This is a jockey. She loves to ride horses. I think that’s a horse or maybe a bicycle. Looks like there are two things in front of her. Her name is Phyllis Jingles. She is looking for somebody. She is on a horse in a horse race. She looks a little confused. She doesn’t know what she’s up to. It’s on Monday in 1992. She’s looking at Oscar a friend of hers who is supposed to be riding with her. Oscar is talking to somebody else. You can’t see him. Oscar is talking to a friend of his who’s a girl and Phyllis is wondering why he’s not with her and is with someone else.
Mary Anne is the other girl’s name. She’s running against Phyllis is in the race. Phyllis rides horses for fun. She works in an office as a secretary. Phyllis loves her job and makes money.
Phyllis is upset right now, because she’s on the horse and knows the race is going to be real close. Phyllis will be unhappy if she loses the race. Her family is watching her and wants her to win. Her father, mother, sisters and brothers are there.
There is hollering and yelling, screaming and horses snorting, kicking and lots of roar sounds. “Come on Mary wake-up don’t look sad.” They say mean things like “The parties over.”
It smells like horse manure. There are lots of people and cars; new and old. They have whips for the horses to make them run faster. “Giddy-up. Giddy-up.”
Then the race is over and she’s coming in first. The parents shout for joy. They’re
so glad she won. They’re hoping she’ll get a big prize. It’s Phyllis who wins. Mary comes in second. Oscar comes in third. They are not happy about it. Oscar says, “Get away.” to Phyllis. Phyllis says, “Get the heck out of here and Oscar goes cause he’s mad enough.”
Mary Anne is just on the other side, feeling lost and crying. No one is paying any attention to her. That’s why she’s crying more.
Everybody goes home and the people who lost are unhappy. Phyllis Jingles says to her family, “I’m so glad I won. I always wanted to win. It’s about time I won. Her family yells “Good going-good going.” They’re proud of her.