Betty J. Slade

 

  • Don't Count Him Out

    Our grandson, Spencer, was a dark horse, a nerd, and a late bloomer with a curious mind. This child spent weeks preparing how to ask a girl to prom only to be turned down. At 6’3” in high school, he had outgrown his peers in size, and they seemed to had outgrown him in social skills. As a teenager, Spencer spent hours in his room editing his skateboard videos. Comfortable behind the camera, he was asked to shoot his YWMA trip to China and make a video for their project. He was focused, driven a…

  • Children with Creative Minds

    Creative children come in different packages, just like the many colors in a paint box. They all have certain similar traits, yet, they are of all different colors and hues. Do you have a child who can not be moved except by inspiration, who must have it perfect or it goes in the trash? Do you have a child who has to do it his way, who is a dreamer and is too busy dreaming to take out the trash? “What trash?” he asks, staring right at it. Your child is probably an artist. Well, hold on to you…

  • She Calls Me Ugly

    My master’s wife says I’m ugly. But, she smiled at me the other day. I think she’s warming up to me. Sweet Al’s dog basked in the sun and dreamed about her master and days on the Lower Blanco. “My name is Whiskey. I have a full face of whiskers, more hair on my face than on my whole body. I’m a mixture of a black Labrador and German Wirehaired-Pointer. Today, I’m feeling loved. I came through the backdoor into the Slade family. The woman of the house didn’t want me, but her husband thought he ne…

  • Where's the Coffee Pot

    Have you noticed? Life can become too comfortable and it’s easier to live in the mess than do something about it. Before we know it, we become blind to it and the mess looks normal to us. For instance, my Sweet Al put the large jar of peanut butter in the middle of our dining room table and expects it to stay there. I argue with him, “That’s not where it belongs.” “But, that’s where I look when I want peanut butter. It doesn’t hurt for it to be there. It’s easier to find.” Sweet Al’s handiwork u…


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