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Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)
TITLE: The Frosting Eaters
By Amy Finley
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Only then do they appear. These strange beings that have a zero radar for when the trash needs taken out or who are oblivious to the mounds of toys and clutter in their rooms, or even in the living room. These creatures that can innocently look at you and claim they “didn’t know” or they “forget” as the unassuming answer to a million mundane (and not so mundane) tasks.
Somehow, someway, as if they are from an alternate universe, these same beings that are completely oblivious to other things deemed necessary in the household, pop up as if by magic the minute the frosting has finished being whipped.
Then without fail, brandishing spoons and fingers, they zealously dip into the bowl of perfect frosting. You fend off these creatures with cries of No! Stop! You’ll ruin you’re dinner! That’s for the cake I made!… But to no avail. The frosting eaters slurp the sugary delight off their spoons and sticky fingers until they happen to glance guiltily at you with your arms crossed and a steely look in your eyes. Then they defeatedly place their spoons in the sink, and with a last longing glance at the bowl of frosting, slink back to their hideouts.
You salvage the frosting if you can, or whip up another batch, and the day goes on…
Lord, thank you for the frosting eaters in my house. Help me to have the same shrewd awareness of the good you have prepared for my family and I in this life and the next, and to delve into it with as much zealousness as my beautiful children delve into the bowl of chocolate frosting.
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