Month: July 1996

  • Growing up independent

    As our children have grown they have insisted that they were ready to try things by themselves. If I don’t think about the way they looked after their first week of camp, I think they might actually be ready. One came home with a suitcase of clean, unpacked clothes. At least he was cleaner than…

  • Reality check

    Putting my daughter on an allowance was supposed to stop me from having to buy stuff for her. Reality check. In the store, she would promise to pay after she took the cash from her savings account. Afterwards the deal was forgotten. Last year I declared she had to get a checking account to eliminate…

  • Brother BT hears from God

    The person of the First Church packed up lock, stock and Bible and left this year. Said the Lord told him it was time to move on. Brother Bible Thumper preached a few times after that. Folks thought he should preach until they found a regular parson. Brother BT shook his head. “The Lord hasn’t…

  • Before and after company

    “I’m so glad you’re finally here, now I can quit.” Not the most welcoming greeting when company arrives, but with all the preparation I think of to do, it is the truth. When our recent guest first began talking about making the long drive to Arkansas from Indiana, “They may not be able to come,…

  • Three days of being nice

    “You are so nice. My mother would never have given me a quarter for the toy machines in the grocery store,” my son’s wife, Alexis bubbled. “Enjoy it while you can. I never did it for my children, either,” I said. “For the next three days you are company. That’s my limit for treating anyone…