Friday, August 12, 2005


Here's a bit of the "before" story for Wednesday's post and the "after" story for Monday's:

Tera wanted to get this cute wooden pumpkin for my birthday. She had the $1.99, but couldn't seem to get anyone to drive her to the fabric store where said pumpkin waited. Dave was swamped for days before and after my birthday, and then he came down with something that laid him low for another day or two.

While walking through the grocery store with me Wednesday, Tera sighed in exasperation and said, "I can't get to the fabric store to buy you what I wanted to buy you. I guess I'm going to have to give you candy for your birthday." She said the word in an odd, non-kid way--with drawn out disgust, as if candy were made of doo-doo and not chocolate.

I asked, "Do you want me to take you to the fabric store?"

Tera brightened. "Oh, would you?" And she said it just like you think she said it, as if she were Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant had just offered to toss a parked car out of the way so she could cross the street unimpeded.

We drove to the fabric store. So as to act surprised when she presented me with the pumpkin, I loitered down a delightful "let's pretend it's already October" aisle and looked at harvesty stuff while Tera stood in line to make her purchase. While browsing there, I spotted a display of head band-connected animal noses and ears in amongst the Halloween costumes. Without blinking, I grabbed the furry lion nose and dashed to the end of the aisle to see where Tera was in the purchase process. Surreptitiously, squinting through the slats in an end rack, I watched her inch her way closer to the register, watched her hand the woman her money and accept the receipt and crinkly bag, and watched her turn to walk toward my aisle. I then slipped the lion head band over my head, adjusted the nose, and waited with my back turned for her to call my name.

"Mom?" she said.

I turned nonchalantly, with one raised eyebrow. "Yes?"

She didn't flinch or laugh. She just put one hand on her hip (exactly the way you think she did, as if she were Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart had just 'fessed up that he'd accidentally drilled a couple of holes in the bottom of The African Queen ) and gave me a withering look. "Mom, have you been walking around the store like that?"

"No ... just here."

She shook her head slowly. "Sometimes you embarrass me."

I was still laughing about that when I got home. Feeling inspired, I sat down and wrote perhaps the quickest post of my eight-month blogging career. Fifteen minutes later, I looked at what I had written and noted that Tera's name hadn't made it into my post. She dredged up a memory for me instead, and so she's had to wait lo these long two days to make her own brief appearance here.
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Inspiration number two is attached to Monday's post. After writing about my two lists, I've received several comments and private emails from people who have decided to follow suit. They're writing lists (good ones!) to friends, family ... even pastor's wives. I am so blessed by that. Thank you for responding to Tony's nudge. And thank you for letting me know!


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At 8/12/2005 9:57 AM, Blogger Nancy had this to say ...

This comment is for Tera if you could pass it along for me!

Tera, please call me ANYTIME you need to go somewhere, anywhere. (Zac too) I would even drive my shiny car down your dusty driveway. :)

Now that Kayla and Michael are in New Mexico, I feel kind of lost and I miss helping them with things like that.

P.S. I LOVE to shop and any excuse to do that is wonderful!

At 8/12/2005 10:04 AM, Blogger shannon had this to say ...

Tera's at VBS right now, but I'm sensing her answer ...

Help me, Aunt Nancy. Come get me. I have chores waiting when I get home ... she's going to make me unload the dishwasher and clean my room. Leave work. I'll be waiting.

At 8/12/2005 11:33 AM, Blogger Bill and Glory had this to say ...

Shannon, I think there's a lot of us who share the same sense of humor. After the "finger scare" at Wendy's Bill found a plastic Barbie arm and brought it to his lunch meeting with his boss. They went to Starbucks and he told the barista, "Uh, I found this arm in my coffee!" His boss loved it but the barista just looked confused.

It's good to see your family enjoying life's twisted moments!


At 8/12/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger Fran had this to say ...

Oh Shannon! I have seen that look a thousand times from Tera! One minute the girl is hugging me, the next she's got a hand on her jutting skinny little hip, her head is cocked to one side and an she's looking at me from under her arched eye brow! Let's not forget the almost Elvis like sneer! lol.

I was dancing at VBS the other day and she gave me that very look. I told her she should count her blessings that she's not my daughter because I dance like that in Safeway while my kids try to pretend they don't know me! (At this point she tried hard not to laugh as she spun on her heel and tossed her shiny hair before walking away. She did look back at me and grin though.)

I love that kid.

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At 8/12/2005 3:24 PM, Blogger Pam had this to say ...

Shannon...keep it up, those are the things our kids will remember and tell their kids what "Grandma used to do." I know, my grandkids are hearing all the horrible things I did to embarrass them then, but now give them great delight in the re-telling. This post totally cracked me up!!!

At 8/12/2005 8:03 PM, Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews had this to say ...

Unfortunately, it looks like you have been spammed in comments today, like I have and just about all of my fellow Christian bloggers this week! All I've seen up until here were under actual blog names, too, not anonymously. Horrible.

Moving on - I accidentally (or providentially, as the case may be) stumbled on your blog Monday and have been reading it since (and have bookmarked it). I live in South Louisiana, a long, LONG way from where you are, but have found in the past few months that here in the blogging world, the entire globe, indeed, is our audience.

Anyway, I appreciate what I've read so far that you've written. Your blog site is impressive and inspirational. The first post I read was Monday's, about your "dressing down" with the list and I really identified with it as something similar happened to me years ago.

Except in my case, the one accusing me (falsely and incredibly) was our young minister's wife! I was absolutely flabbergasted and astounded! And hurt, terribly, as you can imagine.

There were many other lesser things that she had issues with about how I was raising my children and such and I had to just withdraw from her circle of "friends" in the very small congregation for a long time. An objective third part who was one of our spiritual young men finally somehow realized something was wrong between me and her (the only thing that was wrong was that I no longer hung around her or confided anything in her at all out of self defense) and brought us together to try to determine the source of the "problem."

So, I divulged the experience and she more or less tried to make amends, but it never was the same again, as I'm sure you can well understand. Anyway, that was long ago and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and I've moved on, not only out of town (although they moved on before I left), but into much more loving fellowships since (she was one who "questioned" everything and everyone in a negative way - assuming the worst, until proven otherwise, I might add- including her own husband and father, who was the president of a Christian university in the south!).

I am much older and much wiser about all of those things now and have turned all of the "bad" experiences and negative things to good, in that I try (and am known for) to be one who is, always, an "encourager." Life is too short not to let everyone around us know how much they mean to us and what blessings they are.

So, I am "jumping on the bandwagon" here, myself, to send out some good lists of my own in the next few days to a bunch of people! I've been trying very hard to do that, anyway, over the past several months since I've discovered blogging and spend a lot of my time every day (I'm, unfortunately, now physically disabled and unable to practice law any longer) reading other Christians' blogs and commenting a lot on those where I think encouragemnt is most needed. I have made this my ministry from here where I am in all that I do.

Drop by sometime when you have a minute or two (I'm at Finding Direction: The Wind Vane Chronicles) . I try to keep my posts mostly lighthearted and fun and uplifting, although some of my troubles occasionally creep in, as in Tuesday's post, "What Is Our Share, Anyway?". But, I've found such an extraordinary fellowship among Christian bloggers from all over the world! It's incredible and amazing to me. And such a blessing! Such a blessing, indeed!

May God richly bless you and your family in all that you do.

At 8/13/2005 7:37 AM, Anonymous Carol Cool had this to say ...


My pastor husband and I each have a file we keep of encouragements we've received and when life gets really bad, and we receive a dressing down, we pull out the files and read the comments until God soothes our souls. Save your good list and refer to it often!

At 8/13/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger YellowRose had this to say ...

I loved this story!! It sounds so much like my daughter and myself! I've been a lurker for awhile now and I love your posts. I just blogrolled you, so I'll be back often. Blessings!

At 8/13/2005 10:30 PM, Blogger Darlene had this to say ...

You sound like a great mom. My dad would have done that, and now he's 77 and he still would. I just love him and his humor to peices as I'm sure Terra loves you too. So, did you get the wooden pumpkin?

At 8/14/2005 1:49 PM, Blogger Fishkrisser <> had this to say ...

I know those looks all too well Shannon. lol. Was she holding her purse on her right arm too? I've gotten that look many times.

At 8/14/2005 10:48 PM, Blogger Katie_F had this to say ...

Yeah, what Chris said...lol. Funny story by the way. Sarah gets embarassed all the time by my mom too, especially when she is dancing to a song. It is kinda embarassing though...

At 10/03/2005 8:05 PM, Blogger Kevin Jackson had this to say ...

Well, this is interesting. I did a blog search for barista school and found your site. When I get some time I'll come back and find out where barista school appears and how it relates - if it even does. Take care - nice work.


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