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The Trisha Leigh Rendale Story

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:57 am    Post subject: The Trisha Leigh Rendale Story  Reply with quote

This is not a Rifleman story, but I think there may be many who can relate to it.  I know that at all ages we are sometimes harasses for our love of westerns, however I felt that the particular age I portrayed expresses the feeling best.
The Trisha Leigh Rendale Story
Anxiously I thumbed through the dvd bin labeled “Under $15”, my eyes hunting for the right title or name.  The buzz of conversation and squeals of small children swarmed around me, but all distractions were unheeded.  My mouth involuntarily transitioned to a grin as I pulled a bulky case free from the tightly packed stand.  Someone nudged my shoulder.
“Whad’ ya find, Triss?”
Well, they had found me.  I looked down at the item in my hands then lifted my gaze to face the kids from my youth group.
“It’s a tv series, Randy.  It’s one of my favorites.”  Somehow the reply came out weaker than I had pictured.  But trust your peers to skip the fact.
“Wagon Train,” read Hannah aloud.  “How old are the people on there?”  She pointed to the cover, “or are they all dead now?”
“Some of them are still around; they even make it to film festivals.”  I thought of the picture one of them had sent to me and the card I had received from another.  They were good actors who performed their stunts well.  The characters they portrayed taught many lessons and held to the truth.
Katelyn rolled her eyes and gave a small laugh.  “Why waste your time on those old grandpas when there are younger, hotter men to be stalking?  Oh! Hannah, you would not believe the video Allie sent me!  I mean, I’ve seen some sexy commercials, but this . . .”
Unconsciously I tuned them out.  But it’s true that I learned a lot from Wagon Train – so many lessons on so many things.  I remember the episode about believing how faith is what gets you through life.  And there was the one about what it means when a person takes a job.  I brushed a stray curl away from my face but drew my hand back quickly, surprised by the warmth of my cheek.
Randy gave a dramatic eye-roll and took a few steps away from the giggling girls.  A videogame poster depicting modern combat with advanced machinery caught his attention.
“I’ve been waiting for that to come out!” he exclaimed.  “I have enough money for the pre-order, but Mom says I already spend too much on games.”
I stood alone, frozen in time.  My hand began to perspire, and I looked down to the dvd I was still clutching.  Some of the characters were really sweet, and the thought of those scenes made me smile.  The scouts were always kind young gentlemen (underneath their sweaty, dusty cowboy hats) who knew how to treat a lady.  Besides their remarkable chivalry, many of the characters embraced Christianity.  You don’t see things like that today.
“Hey Triss, do you know where Mike is?”
“Um, I think he went to check out the sports department.”
Failing to reply, Randy hurried away muttering to himself about game graphics being way cooler than football.
I took a deep breath before meandering through the aisles up to the checkout registers.  While standing in line, I pulled out my debit card from my wallet.  I waited, and my eyes wandered around until they fell to focus on the slim piece of plastic that I now held against my purchase.  “TRISHA LEIGH RENDALE”  ‘Obsessed’, ‘nerd’, and ‘not normal’ were words I heard commonly used in conjunction with that name.  The disinterested cashier scanned my Wagon Train package and I swiped my card.  The heels of my boots thudded as I crossed the tile floor.  Clinging to my new-found treasure, I sat on the bench and waited for my friends.

Thanks for reading!  I'd love to hear what you think or how I could improve it. ~DM
"That's the only way you'll get it in the dirt Corey, by dropping me with it! But somebody else will pick it up. That's the one thing you don't understand. There'll always be somebody around to pick up for what's right." ~Lucas
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a nice story Duchess McCain.

I for one can relate to this and how Trisha felt.

Some of the people I use to work with would ask me what I was doing on the weekend.  I would tell them I was watching 'The Western Round Up' which aired westerns all weekend!

They just didn't see what I saw in the westerns.

That's how The Rifleman..... "Welcome to the McCain Ranch" got started.  I just knew there had to be more fans of The Rifleman and other TV Westerns out there besides me.  

Thanks for sharing your story.

Can anybody else relate to this?

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