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Look carefully...at the seemingly small moments...in the constant shaping of souls.- Neal A.Maxwell

memory snapshots
     Tonight almost 19-year old C and 1r-year old B were sitting on the living room floor playing Yu-Gi-Oh.  My husband and I were sitting on the floor close by having a Solitaire race.  C put Pandora on, on his cell phone, and stated singing along while they played.  
     School starts next week for B, college for C a few weeks later.  Time together will be harder come by.  I wanted a snapshot of tonight to put in my memory "photo" box . 

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     Snapshots from a Sunday email to dad, my brother and a friend for my box:

A few things that made me laugh today:

     Tonight, in response to what he felt was too many requests for his time, C said, "Genesis 13:9."  I asked what that meant.  He said I would just have to read it, which I did:
     Genesis 13:9 - Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

     A speaker in church said that his son asked what it meant that he was in the 10th percentile for height.  The dad said that it meant that if the boy were in a room with 100 boys his age he would be taller than 10 of them.  This evening, out of the blue, B said, "You know that speaker today?  Actually he should have said that his son would be taller than 9 of the boys."  I laughed and B laughed.  My husband did not think it was funny at all [neither did Dad when he read  the  email].  Thinking of it still makes me smile.

     This week J, who recently started working at a lodge near the Grand Canyon , was waitor for a family of 6 visiting from England. He practiced his English accent on them, they practiced their American accents on him.  He said it was a lot of fun.  I would have loved to be a fly on the wall.


floorboards and blackberries
Sitting out front in the shade sanding floorboards. 
Quiet neighborhood, quiet house. 
Neighbor comes over.
We chat while I sand.
Neighbor leaves, I clear coat boards.
Clear coat dry, floorboards pretty.
I bring a floorboard over to show neighbor.
Neighbor has been picking blackberries and gives me a bowlful.
I point to a blackberry stain on neighbor's shirt pocket.
Neighbor looks in pocket and find's lone blackberry.
We laugh, and laugh and laugh some more.
I take blackberries home and bring back empty bowl.
Neighbor and I sit on her porch and chat.
And laugh.
And chat.
And reminisce.
And laugh.
And talk serious.
And laugh - with neighbor serious can't be the ending note.
Neighbor is 3 decades my senior and getting too old to live alone.
Moving plans are being made.
For now, we have my shade, her porch and summer evenings.





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