Saturday, January 12, 2008


"Stop it. You have to be nice to me." I don't even remember what my request had been or the faux-snarly response I'd received, which prompted my pronouncement as we drove down our gravel road.

"No, this has to stop. You get a week-and-a-half for your birthday, and the rest of us get 24 hours."

"That's as it should be. Now be nice to me."

We pulled into the driveway and unloaded our acquisitions from a shopping trip to Old Time Pottery in Kansas City. Now if you haven't been to Old Time Pottery, you need to get in your car or on a bus, or take off your shoes and board an airplane, and go there. You won't be sorry.

You especially won't be sorry if you bought really cheap dishes at Wal*Mart -- you paid something like $20 or $25 / service for four (16 pieces) -- and when you needed some more dinner plates for Thanksgiving one year, the only place in the whole country you could find them wanted $13.99 per plate, so you had to do without. When you get to Old Time Pottery, there will be several stacks of your dinner plates, selling for $1.49 each. One dollar and forty-nine cents. You'll be really excited.

And you'll even find a tablecloth in the colors of your kitchen.

Hush. Stop saying that. It is too a tablecloth. That's cloth, and it's on my table. TABLECLOTH. (You have to be nice to me.)

When you go to the city, you'll think about going to Red Lobster for lunch, but you'll have checked their menu online and discovered that would cost $100. One hundred dollars. So you'll no longer want to do that. Now Hy-Vee isn't Cousin Annie's favorite place to eat, but that's because Cousin Annie always has access to a Hy-Vee, and she just doesn't know how good she has it. You'll want to eat at the food court in Hy-Vee, and you know what's in the back of that store, so Hy-Vee is where you'll dine, and you'll eats lots of Chinese food. Then you'll go to the back of the store and be squirrellyhappy about what's back there.

If you know me really, really well, you know what will be pictured here tomorrow: S.W.E.E.T

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. ~II Corinthians 9:8

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