In 1988 a Nigerian was caught at the Hanover, Germany, airport trying to smuggle heroin under the fist-size shells of agate snails.
There are four children in my family. Tim is the oldest, then me, Debbie, and my younger brother, Terry.
Tim and I are twenty-three months apart and as kids, we constantly fought. Now, we’re best friends – probably because we live in different parts of the country! I call him every Friday night and we talk for hours about politics, religion, the stock market, and everything in between. We usually end up reminiscing about our childhood.
“Why did we fight so much when we were younger?” I asked Tim last Friday.
“Cause you wanted to follow me around and do whatever I did. Like the time you climbed into the tree house after me, even though I said you couldn’t.” He grunted. “You’ve always been stubborn.”
“Even back then, you should’ve known not to tell me I can’t do something. Besides, as soon as I sat on the planks, you pushed me out. It’s a good thing I fell into the sand box below.”
“Yeah, and Mom gave me the whipping of my life.”
The next day, Dad built sides on the tree house.
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Romance Writers of America, 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist
This is off my usual subjects, but there’s a great contest for published and unpublished authors if you’re interested. Here are the details.
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Here’s one solution for the secret to a happy marriage.
The day they were married, the wife cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about the shoe box she had placed on the top shelf of their closet.
For over sixty years or marriage, they shared everything and kept no secrets from one another. The husband never thought about the box until, one day, the little old woman became sick with cancer and the doctor said she was dying.
The wife told her husband it was time he should know what was in the box and asked him to get it from the closet and bring it to her bedside. When he opened the lid, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He was dumbfounded and asked her about the contents.
“When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.”
The husband was so moved he fought back tears. Since there were two precious dolls were in the box, she’d only been angry with him twice in all those years of living and loving.
“Honey, that explains the doll,” he said, bursting with happiness, “but where did all this money come from?”
“Oh, that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”
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It almost tickled as his fingers caressed her neck and then her shoulders. His hand moved down her side to the small of her back and over her stomach. He slowly worked his way lower, passing gently over her buttock and down her leg to her calf. Then, he proceeded up her inner thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion of her leg. He continued in the same manner on her right side.
She had become quite aroused by his caressing when he suddenly rolled over and became silent.
“Honey that was wonderful. Why did you stop?” she asked in a loving voice.
To which he responded: “I found the remote.”
One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided to share his problem with his neighbors.
They all gathered around the well and stared at the poor, braying donkey. One-by-one, the neighbors offered solutions – some good, some bad – for getting the animal out. The farmer listened to their ideas, and then choose the one he thought would work the best.
He and his friends formed a water bucket brigade. With each bucket of water they poured into the well, the donkey floated upward until he was able to step out.
The farmer thanked his neighbors and they left with a feeling of good cheer that they had helped save the animal.
Sometimes our troubles seem so deeply buried in a well that we can’t see a solution, but help is within our reach if we just ask.
- Don’t hide your problems and let them go from bad to worse.
- Seek help from those around you.
- Listen to their ideas with an open mind.
- Decide what’s best for your situation, and then work diligently on the solution.
- Let others feel good for offering their advice.
What do you do when life dumps you in a hole? Please leave a comment.
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