Who knew deodorant could reek such havoc? In this light-hearted edition of Way Down Deep, Elizabeth and Jamie wade into the differences in men and women – in the grocery store. There’s never a dull moment at the Cantrell’s!
Things were getting better. The initial shock was wearing off, and folks were busy with clean up, insurance, estimates, adjusters, livestock, crop evaluations. There was still no power, but we were all making do. It’s amazing how clean you can get with a bottle of water and a washcloth.
Out at Mama and Daddy’s the “Little House on the Prairie” camp was working so well, they reported they “lacked for nothing.” A friend had come by with a chainsaw and made fast work of the few trees still down, doing in 30 minutes what was taking hours for us to do with a band-saw and a hatchet. Now, Daddy’s primary concern was the pecan tree balanced on top of the gas tank in the backyard. “What if it explodes?” I asked. “Well, I guess we’ll find out,” he answered.
This is part one of a two-part post. Although written in the middle of March Madness, it is as pertinent today as it was then. The only thing that’s changed is that in the summertime, the only one to meet me at the door in the afternoon is Paisley, and the irony is I miss the madness. Go figure!
I am not ashamed to say that sometimes after I pull the car into the garage from a day at the office, I don’t jump right out and go into the house. Sometimes, I sit and take long, deep breaths before walking through my own front door. On an average day, I expect to be hit with a tsunami-like wave of issues needing prompt attention. It’s almost an out-of-body experience. My true-self hovers behind a haggard looking woman with mostly red hair standing with purse in one hand, the morning’s old coffee cup in the other. She has on sensible shoes and her shoulders sag.
“Hey, I really need you to look at something.” I was loading the dishwasher when Jamie got my attention. At our house this sentence can mean one of about three things: 1) I need you to look at a really cool work something on my computer. 2) I need you to look at the unusually picture-worthy position the children are in right now. 3) I need you to look at this spot, lump, mole, etc. I knew from his tone, we were in number three territory.