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by Teresa Flick
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ďThe GiftĒ

Beth: (Coming in and sitting down at the table)
Hi, Sandy, sorry I lost you on my cell phone. I figured Iíd just stop on my way home from Wal-mart and see what you wanted. I have a crazy day ahead and didnít know if you would be able to reach me again. What did you need?

Sandy: Iím glad you stopped in, Beth. Would you like a cup of tea?

Beth: No, no.. I donít have time. I have to stop over to the church and copy some songs for choir tonight and then I have to run over to where Steve is working today and take him some drill bits he needed. Gosh, you think he could run his own errands!

Sandy: Well, Iím sure he appreciates you helping out.

Beth: He had better. It took me 20 minutes to find the right ones. Anyway, what did you want? Was it important?

Sandy: Well, I was wondering about Motherís Day. I thought of something we might do this year for Mom that would be a little different but fun.

Beth: Speaking of Mom.. sheís has been driving me crazy lately. She calls me every morning just to say and ďHiĒ and asked what Iím going to do with my day. She knows how busy I am. Like I have time to give her the run down on every detail of my life.

Sandy: Itís nice she cares.

Beth: I wish she didnít care quite so much. I mean, really, Sandy, I am always on the move and I just donít have the time to sit and listen to her tell me about all the birds that visited her feeder that morning especially the cute little chicka-something or other.

Then she has to tell me how sheís going to make cookies for the Jones family that lives across from her. You know that ones with all those kids. She knows all 6 of them by name. I swear she sits all day and watches out the window to see what they are up to. She knows so much about them. She had to tell me this morning all the details of how little Tommy got bit by a dog and that 5 year old Sarah learned to ride her bike yesterday. Yikes, like I really care!

Sandy: Sheís lonely and she loves those kids. Maybe she thinks you are interested in the things of her life, like she is yours, Beth.

Beth: Interested in my life? Thatís a joke. My life is more like a ring circus. I just donít get her laid back outlook on life. Who has time to do a bird count every morning and know the names of all the neighborhood kids, for crying out loud!!

Sandy: Do you want to hear my idea, Beth?

Beth: Okay, but make it quick. I have to be to the eye doctor by 1:00 and I have to get home to get my groceries put away. Then I am going over to Ginaís to help her put up a border around her kitchen. Why I said yes to that Iíll never know..

Sandy: I wonder why you say ďyesĒ to a lot of things.

Beth: Well, whatís that suppose to mean?

Sandy: You just seem so run ragged lately.

Beth: I am run ragged! But thatís not your problemÖ So whatís your idea for motherís day?

Sandy: Letís take Mom out for the whole day on Saturday.. we never do that anymore, like we use to. Mother and daughter day, remember. Start out with breakfast at Bob Evans and slip over to Volant to browse through the little shops. Mom loves to do that and since she doesnít driveÖ

Beth: Hold it! Hold it! You mean take a whole day and just loaf? Canít we just buy her a special little gift like we usually do? You canít be serious!

Sandy: Doesnít that sound heavenly? Take the whole day and spend it just being together, doing or not doing whatever we want.. Itís a gift I know sheíll love.

Beth: Are you crazy? I canít do that. Saturday is my cleaning day and then I have to give that stupid dog of ours a hair cut. The Millers called and asked us if they could come over and discuss some problem their having with the new youth pastor, so now I have to bake a cake, too. I donít have time to take Mom out for the whole day.

Sandy: Beth, it would mean so much to her. She told me that she hardly sees you anymore.

Beth: She sees meÖI stop over when I can.. I was there just.. (thinking).. I was there, well, I canít remember just when, but it wasnít that long ago.

Sandy: Mom told me that it was 3 weeks ago and you only stayed long enough to get a recipe from her. Beth, you know I care about you, but I have to tell you something.

Beth: O, great, now Momís whining to you about me..

Sandy: No, sheís just concernedÖ and she misses you. We all miss you. You seem too busy for most of us anymore. Family is still important, Beth. It really isÖ

Beth: I know it is.. I mean I love you all and everything, but we all have our own lives and are all going in so many directions, itís hard..

Sandy: I know itís hard, but think about something for a minute. How will you feel if the day ever comes when Shelly is too busy to spend time with you once in awhile?

Beth: (Thinking) Okay, so Iím a chicken running around with my head cut off or at least Iím acting pretty brainless. My life is a whirlwind and I donít know how to stop it.. I know, itís out of control, butÖ

Sandy: Youíve heard of the verse in Psalm 46: 10, ďBe still and know that I am God.Ē Maybe you need to start there.

Beth: Maybe I need to start somewhere. (Pause for thought.)
Okay, Iíll do it.

Sandy: Youíll do what?

Beth: Iíll take Saturday and spend the whole day with you and Mom. The cleaning can wait until Monday and Iíll have Steve explain to the Millers that they need to take their complaints to the source of their problem and not get us in on it.. I donít need anything else to be in on.

Sandy: Mom will be so excited. Letís call her now and invite her. Sheíll have fun just looking forward to the day. Do you want to make the call?

Beth: No, you do it, Sandy. Youíre the one who gets the glory on this one. You thought of the perfect Motherís day gift. Iím just glad you reminded me about whatís really importantÖ I know in my business I sort of forgot..

Sandy: No, problem.. thatís what sisters are forÖ

Sandy picks up the phone, dials and starts to talk.. ďHey, Mom, guess what? Beth and I have this great ideaÖ

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Sue Edwards 29 Apr 2005
Teresa, written nicely and very applicable to life these days.
Carol McGregor 29 Apr 2005
Teresa, this is great, as usual. Thanks for sharing.
Joyce Poet 29 Apr 2005
That's it!!! I'm taking my Mom out to dinner! :::smile::: Thanks for the gift! In fact, I don't think I'll do it for Mother's Day. I think I'll do it just for the sake of doing it.


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