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Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
TITLE: Never a Moment's Peace
By Karyn Ward
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“I’m so sorry, Mrs. Garrett. I’m going to have to cut our conversation short. It seems that a million things are happening at once.” Mrs. Garrett understood, but nevertheless I apologized profusely and promised her that I would call back.
Maggie reached out her arms for me to hold her, and I could see a sprinkling of fat tears on her cheeks. Hesitating only for a moment before deciding what to do, I then scooped my daughter up in my arms, turned the stove down and proceeded to wipe the hair from my face. I was sure that I was flushed.
At the door, I recognized our postal worker, Chip. He handed me a large brown package and asked for my signature. Thankful, I said good-bye to Chip and brought the package in the kitchen.
Maggie went back to the orange juice I had poured for her earlier, and before I could think she had splashed it on the floor. “Can’t I get a moment’s peace?” I snapped. “I never seem to be able to get anything done in this house.
That night I was in my bed doing some evening reading, and I thought about what I had said to Maggie and felt bad about it. I prayed for a short while and admitted that I had lost patience with her. During my devotions, I also realized that I had been neglecting her and I made a silent vow to give her more attention.
The next day I apologized to Maggie and spent longer than usual playing with her. I took her to the park, let her listen to some children’s music, and made us both a grilled cheese sandwich lunch. At the age of my life when I was doing nothing but multi-tasking, I saw the light and agreed to mend my ways.
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