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Precious Gifts

Edith and O.J. were dear members of my church family.  They had no children, but were adopted by many as spiritual parents or grandparents.

One year for Christmas after O.J. died Edith gave me a small Bible.  Inside it was inscribed “To my beloved O.J. from Jerusalem.”  It was also inscribed reminding me how special I was to both of them.

Years later I took Bob to meet Edith.  As we left she said “I want you

Edith’s Dolly
Photo copyright 2005 by R.O. Robbins

to have my dolly,” and handed me a dainty porcelain doll.  There wasn’t a dry eye in that house.

Edith has been gone some time now, but I still have her gifts, both tangible and intangible, reminders of the couple who showed me so much love and care.

The most valuable gifts we can give to others aren’t things at all.  We give the most when we give of ourselves.

Things That Go Squeak in the Night

Horror film set from a distance
Horror film set from a distance (Photo credit: edmundyeo)

A mystery sound.  A tiny squeak heard only in the wee hours of the morning between sleep and waking when imagination turns anything into a nightmare.

The thought “MOUSE” strikes terror in my heart.  I’m not getting up!  Who would scream louder, me or the mouse?  Drifting back to sleep…

Next night brings memories of watching old horror movies late at night in a century old house.  Maybe we have a ghost.  Definitely not getting up!  Taking longer to go back to sleep.

Restless nights spent praying, “The light of God surrounds me…”  Oh Lord, don’t let it get me!  Finally, courage summoned for a trip to the bathroom and the thing that goes squeak in the night is about to be revealed…

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Play Please
Copyright 2012 by R.A. Robbins

Darn Cat!!!

“Fear is created not by the world around us, but in the mind, by what we think is going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gawain