Month: January 2023

  • A dad surprise

    To surprise his family, Jacob spends hours researching, plotting, manipulating figures, times, events and plans. He researches for coupons and discounts to stretch vacation dollars. He piles up gift cards from folks and arranges economical trips for the whole family.  Before he married my daughter Sharon, he said wanted to travel every year, to take…

  • Tornado! in Parkers Chapel

    As we left for a day in Little Rock, my mind did its usual salute to the house, “Good-bye house. I will miss you if you are gone when I return.” That annoying phobia has haunted me all my married life without rhyme nor reason. At least not until later that day  when my phone…

  • Silence is golden

    Marriage is the best of all times, and the worst of all times. A recent anniversary reminded me of a story I once heard. A man gave flowers to his wife on their anniversary saying, “for the best years of my life.”  The wife counted the roses and asked, “Why isn’t there a rose for…

  • The best and worst

    With 50 plus years of traveling and restaurant dinners behind us, two meals we have eaten earn contrasting ratings. The first happened decades ago when our children were young. Usually I had sandwiches in the car. However, on Easter weekend, my husband said, “Let’s eat at that college. When I was traveling with the National…

  • Going up together

    My grandson Eli bent his 6 feet 2 inch body in half to enter the snug capsule with us, his sister Caroline and cousin Sam. The family that travels together got mighty close on our visit to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.  Before we went, Katie and Henry, the youngest cousins, fearfully shook their…