Month: August 2000

  • Something old and electric blue

    In the spring my dear one said that the boring blue car was not worth much. He said the engine didn’t run smoothly. Besides that the kid left a long crease down the side and my dear had backed into it, leaving a dent on the other side. Both of them were quite aggravated that…

  • family meals

    Setting the table and eating family meals together is an important, if threatened family ritual. It is so important that last year a couple of Minneapolis families, with overflowing calendars of activities for their children, decided 10 days between family meals was too much. The over-scheduled families formed a group called Family 1st. Family 1st…

  • Hershbergers discover Harry Potter

    The hush-hush hype preceding the release of the fourth Harry Potter book captured my attention: closely guarded stacks of books awaited release, only a handful of people knew the plot, and yet families waited for bookstores to open Saturday to buy a copy. My daughter was with me late Saturday when I saw a depleted…

  • Violet arrives

    Big sister knew she was supposed to be quiet during the church services, but she had such a big secret, she just had to lean over and whisper to the thin, elderly lady sitting beside her, “We have a new baby. She’s my sister.” The lady smiled vaguely, not understanding until the after church coffee…

  • lessons worth living

    Some lessons are worth keeping Whenever I told my mother, “I didn’t know …” after I was given new information, her favorite response was “well, now you do,” underscoring I needed to remember it in the future. I was reminded of that phrase after last week’s column regarding replacing lightbulbs frequently. A reader called to…