Virgil & Ann

They’re surely gone now. The elderly couple from Enid, Oklahoma, we befriended just weeks after we were married:  Virgil and Ann.  We spent time in their home and in their garden.  Mostly, we were admiring their marriage, though.   We moved away, and in pre-cell-phone, pre-social-media days, sometimes people you knew stayed in your past. Virgil and ...

Messy Relationships

We were high school sweethearts. And my husband and I dated several years living in different states in the 1980s. Those years included a rotary wall phone, no caller ID, and no personalized ringtones.  So when the phone rarely sounded, we never knew who was on the other end.  If it happened to be my ...

Preparing for the Plan

I used to walk on an indoor track at a fitness center where they had inspirational quotes posted along the course.  Once you’ve walked around it for a few years, you memorized them all, whether you wanted to or not.  The one that stuck in my head was, “It is a mistake to look too ...

The Interpreter

Years ago, a friend of mine decided to learn sign language so she could communicate with a lady at church who is deaf.  She not only did that, but now has made a career of bridging communication barriers. She helps those with hearing impairment “hear” what’s happening, but maybe more importantly, she helps other people understand ...

Ghost Gifts

I am a visual learner. I have to see something to learn it, and too often, to believe it.  On top of that, I don’t like scary things.  I remember in third grade being upset that my birthday was in October.  Everything in the stores at that time of year was about witches and goblins.  (Why ...

Gratitude and Broken Arms

Growing up, I was an average-type athlete.  I might make the team, but usually not the starting lineup. Although loyal and hardworking, I was never the star on the court or on the field.  But the summer after fifth grade, I had finally risen to the top of the pitcher pile for the Harper Youth Softball ...

The Doughnut

Uncharacteristically, we got a babysitter and cleared our schedule.  Guest speakers held a marriage seminar at church decades ago.  My husband and I were young parents, healthy and busy, but sponges for information about this marriage/family venture we were starting.  We loved to learn everything we could, since we so often felt like we had ...

Joy Thief #2

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He didn’t ride a horse every day. But he wore jeans and cowboy boots all the time. On the rare occasion that he did saddle up our old horse Sugar, my dad was impressive. Especially to Peggy, my neighbor. Both four years old, she was then my only friend who wasn’t related to me. So ...

Changing Joy

Few things in life I loved more than being a mom. I spent many years dreading the approaching emptiness that grown children leave behind. My husband worried that this change would do me in. Nearly all change is hard for me, but that one seemed especially cruel. So spending time with my brother and his ...

Preserving Time

If I could save time in a bottle The first thing that I’d like to do Is to save every day ‘Til eternity passes away Just to spend them with you   I used the popular lyrics as the basis for a graduation speech in high school in the 80s. (“Time in a Bottle” by ...