Happy

Happy struggles now. Depression is assaulting her, but she’s fighting back. Happy reminds everyone that it’s okay to share her joy and good feeling. Happy wants people to go outside and walk in nature, to turn off the news and stop worrying about who is running things. Happy says, “I’m okay.”

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Intervention

Donald needs an intervention. He needs a fourth grade teacher with a death stare to stand beside him all day long and give him the look whenever he needs it. And he needs it a lot. Can someone please get him a fourth grade teacher of his very own?

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The Bomb

“She’s the bomb,” he said.

“Is that good?” I asked.

“Yeah, like the best. You know. Awesome.”

“Okay. So why don’t you ask her out?”

“Grammy, people don’t go out these days.” He waved his hands in the air at my crazy idea. That seemed like a big loss to me, but maybe whatever the kids were doing instead of going out was as exciting as going out used to be.

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Fudge

It was her first Christmas alone. She was a survivor when everyone else in the family was gone. Tom and Janet from work invited her over for Christmas dinner. Staying home for a good cry sounded better, but she forced herself to go. The first thing she saw when she entered their apartment was a tray full of fudge and divinity and powdered sugar covered cookies. Just like her mom always made at Christmas time. She . . .

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Jane

This makes me laugh. Jane and her mother Xiomara speak only English to their grandmother/mother. Alba, the mother/grandmother understands their English conversation perfectly. But she speaks only Spanish. Her daughter and granddaughter understand her Spanish conversation perfectly. Watching them talk back and forth in English and Spanish makes me laugh every week.

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Babe

“Love you, Babe,” he texted. He shoved his phone in his jacket and got out of his car. A car driving way too fast roared up behind him. He was afraid it would hit the older woman and the little girl ahead of him. He saw an arm holding a pistol extend from the window. He yelled, “Gun, get down,” at the woman and leaped for the arm. He grabbed hold as all his weight dropped to the ground. He heard bones break and the gun fell beside him. The car roared away and he struggled to see the license plate.

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Blessings

Here in the USA, many people spent time over the holiday thinking about their blessings. You know the old expression “if you want to feel rich, count your blessings.” It works. It works as long as you’re doing it. It doesn’t work if you’re climbing over a sales clerk at the Wal Mart trying to reach a toy before your neighbor from church gets it first.

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I Want

Scheduling is not my favorite thing. I want what I want when I want it. Not on a schedule. If I’m hungry at 4 PM, why can’t I have dinner then? If I want to go to the grocery store at 5:45 AM, why can’t I go then? If I want to publish a blog post right now, not in 8 minutes, why can’t I do that?

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Be Brave

“Be brave,” she said. “Be who you are,” she said. “You belong here,” she said.

I listened, but I didn’t feel brave. I am proud to be who I am, but I’m not a brave fighter, not a porcupine about my right to walk down the street or enter the same department store as you.

How do you “be brave?”

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What?

The word what is misused lately. It’s part of “what the hell” or “WTF.” It should be part of something like “What do you mean?” asked in a friendly and open way. It shouldn’t shut people out, it should bring people in. So, what were you saying when I interrupted?

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