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41: The Long Way Around

The Long Way Around Soul mates are people who bring out the best in you.They are not perfect but are always perfect for you. ~Author Unknown My husband and I are soul mates. We also have completely opposite ways of coming up with solutions to problems that arise in our lives. While I, the former preschool teacher, use my college training class method of K-I-S-S (keep it simple stupid), my husband comes up with the most time-consuming and detailed methods he can possibly dream up. My wonderful significant other was shopping with our daughter and grandson and found us a new bed set. You know the kind: dust ruffle, comforter, shams and decorative pillows. We had needed a new set for a long time. It’s a very nice set. Since it was in a clearance bin, it was a real bargain. He wanted to surprise me. So as soon as I walked in from the day job, he made me close my eyes and he guided me into our bedroom. I was quite pleased — but a bit taken aback by how massive our queen-sized bed appeared. Being a mere five-foot-one-and-a-half-inches, I already had to sort of boost myself up onto the mattress. Now, the bed stopped at my waist! Being the curious type, I asked why we suddenly had a resting place right out of The Princess and the Pea. His answer: “The dust ruffle was... (more)
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42: Newlywed Lock Out

Newlywed Lock Out A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb I had insisted that the city was too big for me, and my new husband tried his very best to understand. We would be married soon and his plan was to move us to a large city, one of the many that he had lived in while growing up. My husband’s childhood was vastly different from mine. He had moved over ten times while growing up, while my family only moved once, when I was five years old. The thought of trading our small-town life for the big city was overwhelming. Finally we had agreed that once we were married we would move to a smaller city. Bigger than the small town that I was used to, but large enough that we would have more work opportunities. We settled into our two-bedroom apartment. We loved our new life and we were thrilled to be alone in our very own place. Our apartment was sparsely furnished with my parents’ outdated kitchen table, a TV, my old beanbag chair, and a blow-up couch that a friend gave us as a gag gift at our wedding! The only problem in our newlywed bliss was that my husband’s job demanded that he work until the late hours of the evening. It was during those hours alone that I would imagine all kinds of intimidating scenarios... (more)
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43: Hats Off to Romance!

Hats Off to Romance! A woman wears many hats in one lifetime — why shouldn’t one of them be a crown? ~Annie Jones The smooching in the sketch meant that I needed to find a married couple to act in the drama that Sunday morning. Not having any married couples on our church drama team, I recruited my somewhat reluctant but good-natured husband to join me on stage. The theme for the day was the Roles of Women, and we’d picked up on Amy Grant’s song, “Hats,” to write a hilarious sketch based on some what-ifs. What if a woman literally had to change her hat every time she “changed hats?” Within the span of a fast paced, five-minute sketch, “Millie” gets up in the morning, meets briefly with God, provides breakfast for her family, packs their lunches, sees them out the door, goes to work, and has lunch with a friend. She returns home to children with homework, one with the flu, supper to make, church choir practice to lead, and so on. Throughout the day, she keeps returning to a large hat box placed center stage, where she finds the appropriate hat for the task at hand — sometimes wearing two or three at once but never doing any one job well. By the end of the day, things have gotten totally out of control. As an... (more)
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44: Neither Rain Nor Snow

Neither Rain Nor Snow A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. ~Jean de La Fontaine Darryl and I met one summer between college semesters, when we both had summer jobs in Colorado. In his spare time, Darryl was building a tree house in the woods. I knew then he was my kind of guy. His dog accompanied us on our first date… a hike. She ate the cherries that we picked from a sunlit orchard, and spit out the pits! I was impressed. We dated just four weeks. Then I left for a semester in Europe and Darryl returned to graduate school in another state. We married less than five months from the day we met. We’d never seen each other without a suntan, or with a runny nose. We had two cars, but no bed. For Valentine’s Day, Darryl bought me red knee socks and a kitchen sink trap. I baked him crunchy granola. We scraped, painted and papered our first tiny house. We camped in the mountains, fished at the beach, planted a vegetable garden, raised two geese, provided a foster home for pound puppies until they were old enough to be adopted, and bottle-fed an orphaned raccoon. We made four beautiful babies, enjoyed ice cream cones and some great laughs in three dozen states and five countries, started two businesses, won a jitterbug contest and bought... (more)