I felt so nervous as I saw him walking up the sidewalk to our door. I begged my dad not to embarrass me or I was sure I would never get another date. He looked so timid standing there on our porch as my mom welcomed him warmly inside. He smiled at me, making me feel beautiful, as my dad stared him down. I elbowed him in the ribs as he extended his hand to this poor guy standing there as if under a spot light. I could see my little brother and sister staring down through the slats in the staircase. I started out the door with him as my dad looked like he wanted to pull me back inside and never let me go.