written by Debbie Williamson
Suzie sat under the oak tree in her backyard when her neighbour came outside.
“Hi Suzie!” exclaimed Bill happily. “It sure is a nice day today, isn’t it?”
“Absolutely,” said Suzie. “But Bill, you seem to be in an awfully chipper mood today.”
“Yes,” said Bill. “I am in a good mood today, and with a very good reason, too!”
“Oh,” said Suzie. “Well, come on now Bill. You’ve got to tell me what is going on.”
“Well,” said Bill. “Okay, I’ll tell you, but you must swear that you will not tell anyone else about this.”
“Okay,” said Suzie, anxiously. “I swear I will not tell a single soul.”
“I’m leaving Oak Grove,” said Bill.
“What!” exclaimed Suzie, suddenly remembering the lyrics to one of her favourite songs, “Wild horses will never take me away.”
“Yes Suzie,” said Bill. “It is true. I am leaving Oak Grove.”
“Bill,” said Suzie. “What happened to make you change your mind? Why just yesterday, you said that wild horses would never take you away and now today you say you are leaving!”
“You got me all mixed up,” said Bill. “You misunderstood what I said.”
“I don’t think so,” said Suzie, angrily. “I understood totally what you said.
“What I said,” said Bill. “Was that wild horses would never take me away!”
“Precisely,” screamed Suzie. “And now you are leaving Oak Grove!”
“But,” said Bill. “I meant that wild horses would never take me away from you, not Oak Grove.”
“Oh!” cried Suzie and then after thinking what Bill had just said over added, “But wait a minute. If you leave Oak Grove, then you are going to leave me.”
“No,” said Bill. “I won’t have to leave you if you come with me.”
“Me,” said Suzie. “You want me to come with you?”
“Yes,” said Bill. “I do. I have been offered a wonderful job in the city, Suzie and I want you to be there with me.”
“You want me to leave Oak Grove?” asked Suzie. “You know I can’t leave Oak Grove.”
Bill pulled a small velvet box out of his pocket and gave it to Suzie.
“Suzie,” said Bill. “Will you marry me?”
“Oh Bill!” cried Suzie. “Yes, I will marry you and no, I’m not leaving Oak Grove.”
“Well,” said Bill. “We have a problem then. I have to leave Oak Grove to work. I can’t give this wonderful opportunity up.”
“Well,” said Suzie. “I can’t leave Oak Grove.”
Suzie left Bill where he was and walked home. She was very upset. She could never leave Oak Grove, ever.
However, a few weeks went by before Suzie saw Bill again and during those weeks she really missed Bill terribly.
“Hello Suzie,” said Bill, on his first return to Oak Grove.
Suzie clutched Bill tightly.
“Oh Bill,” cried Suzie. “I have missed you so much! Does your offer for me to move to the city with you still stand?”
“But what about Oak Grove?” asked Bill.
“I am ready to leave Oak Grove now,” said Suzie.
“Oh Suzie!” exclaimed Bill. “That is the happiest news I have heard!”