Cautionary Tale


Scary thing happened to me this evening.  I had to stop for gas at a truck stop near where I live and while I was at the pump, a man snuck up behind me and growled at me, which of course made me jump out of my skin.  Luckily I had my hand in my pocket and I blurted out “You’re lucky I didn’t shoot you!”

He just laughed and laughed.

Here is the worst part – his buddy, who was washing the windshield of his truck, said “I’m sorry.  He does that to all the old ladies pumping gas.”

Wait.  What?

This is a true story.  Of course, I realize that the most serious part is that anything could have happened even though the gas pumps were well lit and there were lots of people around.  Perhaps I should be more aware of my surroundings.  I thought I was doing a good job, but no, I guess not.  It was a lesson learned.

Now that that is over with, let me tell you about the elephant in the room.  There is something to be said about what my dear brother refers to as “Oldage”.   I have noticed that I get the senior citizen discount without any one asking.  I have noticed that when I see people I haven’t seen in years, they look older.  Even my husband’s dr. looked at me funny (after pressing me to get a flu vaccine) when I told him that I won’t now, but maybe when I get old.

Damn.  It sure slipped up on me quickly.  But trust me…I will not go gently into that good night!  I might look the part but I don’t feel the part.  I’m loving my life.  And thanking and praising God for all the blessings He gifts me with is the best part.

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Please remember to pray for peace, y’all.  And it might be a good idea to throw some praise and thanksgiving in that prayer for all the good Lord has done for you.  Gratitude never hurts.  Myself, I’m thanking God that my husband’s surgery was a success!  Also, that the nut at the gas station didn’t harm me and I didn’t have to shoot him.

God bless y’all.

 

 

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The Last Few Hours of My Birthday


And I’m going to share it with YOU!

It’s been a wonderful day!  But let’s face it, I ain’t no spring chicken anymore!  I’m FIFTY-EIGHT years old.  I don’t know how that happened.  It was so quick to get here!  Next thing you know I’ll be stepping up to sixty.  But I’m not afraid.  The only regret I have is that I didn’t catch my head sooner to enjoy true happiness.  Thank God He is merciful!  And He has blessed me far beyond what I deserve.  Oh my Eternal Father, I thank You so very much for this wonderful life I have!

So. . . I slept late this morning, waking to a cup of coffee delivered by my beloved.  I put on a new outfit and my best jewelry.  I pranced around like peacock, enjoying myself, secretely smiling on the inside.  My brother texted “Happy Birthday sweet pea” to me.   And my sister facebooked her love in my direction.  My step-son called.  My youngest son called.  I got about a hundred fb birthday greetings, which I LOVED, by the way.  And my little granddaughter came to visit.  It was fun, even if she did puke on my new shirt.

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My husband treated me to a Bernice’s Po-Boy, Philly-cheese, and onion rings for lunch.  Dare I say I ate it all?  Hannah treated me to strawberry cheesecake.  Should I eat all of it??  My new diet starts tomorrow, do you think I should eat it all??

Then my husband again treated me to a meal at the Mexican Restaurant in Bunkie.  Afterwards we came home and ate another slice of cheesecake.  Bloat Bloat!  I can’t wait till my diet starts tomorrow!  I shouldn’t have eaten what was offered, although I must say, I didn’t eat much of the Mexican meal.  A little bit here, a little bit there.

I sang a lot today.  It was good.

Now I am in my PJs.  I feel pleased and happy on the inside.  I am so looking forward to the future.  The ups and the downs, they are all part of it.  I can handle it, you see, because my support comes from on High.   And my husband and children love me.  My family loves me.  I have some very special friends who epitomize the meaning of ‘friend’.  And I love them all.  Dearly.

I have learned alot this past year.  I know now that I must learn to speak more kindly, to judge less, be more patient, love more deeply;  these are special graces that require lots of fasting and prayer!  (If you know me personally, you should understand how hard this is for me!)

Oh, I am so excited for tomorrow to get here!  What shall I do?  Take voice lessons?  Learn to play the piano?  Find some way to be Jesus to someone who needs to know Him?  Yes.