Best Friend

When you’re young, you classify your friends. You have a best friend, a second best friend. When you’re older you just have friends. Some of them you may not see for months or years, but when you do, the friendship holds. When you’re young, you need a best friend. When you’re older, you simply need friends.

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Secret

Can you keep a secret?

Well, that depends. If I’m not as trustworthy as you hope, will the consequences be really hurtful or dangerous?

Huh?

The secret – is it about something that could hurt people?

No. It’s about Sandy’s birthday.

Oh. Yeah, I can keep a secret.

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Pancakes

I remember standing beside my mother, watching pancakes on a griddle. She explained how you can tell when the griddle is hot enough to start cooking. How to tell if the pancakes are ready to turn over. How to tell if they are cooked through after you turn them. When to turn the heat down on the griddle. I can still cook a mean pancake. Thanks mom.

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Fascination

I wonder whatever happened to that little boy. You remember that kid with the fascination for trains? He lived in the rooming house on the corner. Yeah, that little blond guy. Every time a train rolled by he would rush down the street to watch it. Do you suppose he found a job on the railroad when he grew up? I don’t even remember his name, just how excited he was by trains.

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Antique

I have a lot of antiques in my house. Things that were handed down from my parents and grandparents. I often look around at my furniture, my belongings, and think, “I wonder what my house would look like if I picked out everything I have for myself?” It’s an idle thought, because that will never happen.

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Mine

“Whose book is this?”

“It was mine, but I gave it to Jane and then she passed it on to Sylvia.” I shrugged. “You could say it belongs to whoever wants to read it next.”

“Okay,” she said. She stuffed the book in her purse. “Now it’s mine.”

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My Baby

“Hi there, gorgeous. You are lookin’ good tonight.” He smiled. He looked so nice in a button down shirt and slacks.

“Let me make you a drink.” He took her hand and led her to the kitchen. Liquor and soda bottles littered the counter. He picked up a paper cup. “What’s your drink, my baby?”

“Coke is fine,” she answered.

He turned away from her and slowly filled a cup with Coke. He turned back with a smile. “Here you go, sweetheart. Why don’t we go outside – get away from all these people?”

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Honey

What do you call honey when it turns solid? Crystallized, maybe? Whatever. I took a big, old can of crystallized honey out of the back of the pantry. I was thinking I would drizzle some of it on my cereal. Well, that wasn’t gonna happen. I stood there staring at that honey like a fool – like, “what am I supposed to do with this stuff?” Then . . .

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Partners

We were partners in crime, ranging over a wide swatch of our sleepy town by speeding on our bicycles like the wind. We could move from one place to another with almost invisible grace, causing mayhem everywhere we went. Nobody suspected a thing.

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45

Am I playing the woman card when I say that I’m kind of excited that a woman stands a really good chance of being the 45th President of the United States? I don’t want a political debate on the merits of anyone in the race, please. We’ve had 44 men in the job. Let’s give this a chance.

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