Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: RESOLUTION (01/07/16)
- TITLE: You Say You Want a Resolution?
By Donna Powers
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“I told you. I’m not going to do it, this year, Stanley.”
He just laughed. “You’ll do it, Sheila.
I shook my head. “I mean it this year.”
He sat down. He glanced at the checkbook. “You always say you mean it, Sheila. But you never make it stick.”
I was determined. “Well, this year, I will.”
He answered, “That’s what you said last year. Just tell me now, so I know how much it will cost us. What’s your New Years’ resolution, this year?”
“I mean it, Stanley. No resolution.”
His eyebrows were raised. “Well, Sheila, by now I know this routine: every year, you say you won’t make a resolution. And every year, by New Years’ Eve, one of your friends has decided to make a resolution, and recruits you. Every year; we end up buying equipment or supplies for that resolution. So, just tell me this year’s resolution. And, to be honest, Sheila…I ’m praying this year’s won’t cost me as much as last year’s."
I smiled, as I remembered last year. “Well, Stanley, you have to admit; last year’s resolution was fun while it lasted.”
He rolled his eyes. “Sheila, dear, I love you. But your tuba lessons last year were not my idea of fun."
“Well, all right, Stanley. I guess I can see your point.”
He wasn’t finished. “Honestly, Sheila, that thing sounded like a bull moose at mating time.”
Oh, for Pete’s sake. “How would you know what a bull moose sounds like; at mating time?”
“I guess I don’t,” he conceded. “But that’s not the point. What’s it going to cost me, this year?”
He didn’t believe me! “I meant what I said. I’ve decided not to make a resolution this year. After all, none of them ever help me make permanent changes in my life, and – as you pointed out, they cost lots of money.”
Stanley edged closer and squeezed my hand. “Oh, Sheila, I don’t mind. After all, if it makes you happy, it’s a small price to pay. Well, usually, it’s small.”
“Please, Stanley. Don’t bring up my Esperanto lessons again.”
“Well, you brought it up, dear.”
Honestly! “No, I didn’t!”
Stanley was ever the peacemaker. “Let’s not argue. Just tell me for sure: are you making a resolution, or not?”
“Not. I’ve decided I am fine, just as I am.”
Stanley nodded his head; to show he agreed. “Well, that’s certainly true, Sheila. All right, Sheila. I guess I’ll put the checkbook away.”
Finally! “That’s right, Stanley. You won’t need it.”
He stood and smiled. “Well, that’s a relief. But… Sheila?”
Stanley’s smile widened. “You do realize you’ve actually made a resolution.”
What? “No, I haven’t!
“Yes, you have.”
I was frustrated. “I told you, Stanley. I am NOT making a resolution this year. I’m NOT!”
Stanley smiled, again. “Yes, dear. I heard you. But deciding not to make a resolution IS a resolution; in and of itself.”
Well, he had me there. “Hmmm…. I guess it is.”
“Well, OK, then.”
I waited about two minutes. Then, I said, “Ummm….Stanley….?”
I am nothing if not a practical woman. “Well, since I’ve already sort of … broken my resolution – I mean; the one where I don’t make a resolution this year…”
I cleared my throat. Then, I said, “In that case, maybe I ought to just make one, after all.”
My Stanley just smiled, and pulled out our checkbook again.
Did I mention that I love him?
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