Betty J. Slade

 

  • Displaced in my own corner

    One thing about scaling down to a smaller home - all space is shared space. Each person has his or her own things within the confines of a house: hopes, dreams, projects and clutter. All of which are held close and called sacred. "I just want my own space, a place where I can hide away from the noise of the house." My son said, "You have a whole house. What about your aqua desk in your bedroom?" "It's next to the television. When your dad watches TV, I can't concentrate on my Greek. I need a big…

  • I'm sorry, did I roll my eyes out loud?

    One of the greatest joys as a parent is when all our children "come home." Cars unpacked and extra place settings added to the table, it's Sunday night and we eagerly await family dinner. There is a lot of laughter and stories to tell. At one point in the evening, our children decided to talk about what they were going to do with my Sweet Al and I when we became too old to help ourselves and beyond. The night was filled with wisecracks and jokes as four adult children and two sons-in-law discuss…

  • Purchasing a field of treasure

    This week, I came to a new understanding about an age-old parable. It is a familiar story about a treasure hidden in a field. A man sold everything he had to buy that field, then knowing the joy of possessing the treasure within. I said to my Sweet Al. "I think I bought the field when we got married." "What are you talking about?" "A field of treasure. I had no idea what treasure I would find within the boundaries of our marriage. Neither one of us knew what we would discover in each other when …

  • Respect the tension line

    A thought popped into my head as I sat down to write. I wanted to hear my Sweet Al's perspective. "What comes to mind when I say the words tension line?" Al pondered for a moment, "It's like trying to walk on a tight rope while you are jumping up and down on it. Like when I want to go turkey hunting and you have things for me to do." That was not what I expected to hear, but my Sweet Al had unknowingly validated where my thoughts were on the topic. With him, life is always about hunting season. …


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