Gift

“Do you use Avon?” she asked. “No.” “Why not?” Her question caught me off guard so I didn’t have an answered prepared.  However, I knew that my teenage friend Chloe wasn’t going to settle for half an answer.  Her sister sells Avon so this was too important. “I have really sensitive skin,” I said. “So?” “So, I don’t want to change from what I’m using that works for me.” I could see where this was heading and tried unsuccessfully to change the subject.  Chloe wasn’t going to let that happen […]

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Sophisticated

Words have a way of sticking in your heart like a single drop of Crazy Glue to your skin.  In time the sting wears off but there’s always a residue left behind. Last year I had one of those experiences with Chase’s art teacher.  He hadn’t been signed up for her class but the woodshop teacher had, “serious concerns” about a kid like Chase being in his 3-D design class.  So, to meet his fine art requirement the art teacher agreed to spare her colleague and create an independent study […]

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A Fan of You

I got myself out of the house at 7:00 AM which is unheard of on a Sunday morning.  I’d set out early to buy the week’s groceries before church.  Luke was coming over after service to watch his beloved Eagles play their second game of the season.   He could watch in his dorm but Chip Kelly’s offense would look better in high def at home and the snacks are free. Not even coffee makes grocery shopping that early easy but I managed.  At the check out the clerk asked me […]

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See What You Want To See

As I started to walk past her she motioned with her head toward the floor.  Her eyes locked on all the change.  She knew I would stop and pick it up. It was quite a bit—a dime and several pennies. “How many is that now?” she asked. “A little over 23,000.” “You’re kidding me?” “Nope.” Then it started.  A rant from Stephanie I’d never heard before.  In the few years she’s worked at our neighborhood store I’ve gotten to know her enough to be on familiar terms. I know what […]

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Viral

I swore last year I wasn’t planting one.  Then spring sprung and before you know it I was at the nursery buying plants—all the time knowing the potential for heartbreak was great. I started early and carefully hardened my Early Girl’s setting them outside daily for ever increasing amounts of time.  While I was doing that I aerated and fertilized the soil.  Next I installed a drip system and built covers for the plants in the event of a late freeze.  For once maybe I’d thought of everything! With every […]

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Noticed

It was a comment that stuck in my head like a song you hear at the grocery store—one you’d never play at home like the theme song for Titanic.  Near, far, wherever you are you can’t get it out of your head. We were eating dinner and one of the boys asked me what I’d done that day.  “Clean the house,” I said. “Nice,” they replied in unison. It was a rote response.  They weren’t saying it looked nice.  It was simply an acknowledgment that I’d spoken.  Shaking my head […]

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Lift

It was Friday night.  I went upstairs to get something and noticed that it was unusually warm.  It had been a scorching day so I assumed the air conditioning was having a hard time keeping up. A few minutes later I had to go back upstairs again. This time I noticed it was even warmer.  I checked the thermostat.  It registered 90 degrees.  Holy Smokes was the house on fire?  I put my foot on the vent and felt only the faintest amount of cool air.  Something was wrong. Since […]

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Weird

I dubbed her the Queen of Hyperbole to which my Aunt laughed.  “I just call it like I see it,” she said. “The title stands,” I insisted.  She laughed more. It’s genetic.  If my Aunt is the queen my Father is the king.  My niece is pretty darn good, my cousin a bit guilty, and Chase is working his way up the ranks.  Since I’m the one making the claim I’ll admit, I have a flair for the dramatic as well.  I routinely use phrases like “absolute worst” and “it […]

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Licensed to Thrive

I was clutching the penny I found on the way to the driving school when Chase’s instructor ushered me out of the lobby.  I wasn’t surprised when I found it.  I half expected God would give me some kind of encouraging word to hang onto while Chase took his behind-the-wheel test.  So many folks were praying for him I think that penny fell from heaven rather than someone’s pocket. Having to go into the backroom worried me though.  This had to mean bad news. Now I assumed the penny was […]

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Change Between the Seats

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the red chair I love sitting in. It’s the one that’s in the coffee shop located 50 steps from my house. Just to recap for 12 seconds, I wrote about seeing a nickel and two pennies and not picking it up and how the next time I sat in the red chair, it was gone. It made me start thinking that the chance for change might be a fickle one: Here one day, gone the next. And I still think that, but […]

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