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Topic: BEAT AROUND THE BUSH (05/25/17)
- TITLE: Idiomatic Idiosyncrasies
By Bonnie Bowden
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No use crying over spilt milk, she thought as she cleaned up the mess.
“What’s all this commotion about?” Her husband Hank asked as he came in wearing the cat’s pajamas.”It sounds like a storm in a teapot to me.”
“Now don’t have a cow,” Mary said, “You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.”
“Well I’m as hungry as a bear, so I’ll get dressed and be back here in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”
Hank wolfed down his food because he had his work cut out for him—gathering eggs, milking the cows, feeding the livestock, and tending the garden.
“Remember that dinner is at 6:00 sharp.”
Mary walked over and made sure the skeleton was still in the cupboard. She didn’t like pulling the wool over her husband’s eyes, but she couldn’t let the cat out of the bag until after dinner and then she hoped she wouldn’t chicken out.
The clock seemed to stand still as Mary went about her mundane chores. She yelled out the window at her dog, Toby. “Stop barking up the wrong tree. You don’t want to stir up a hornet’s nest.”
The table was set and all of Hank’s favorite foods were either simmering on the stove or baking in the oven. When she saw Hank walking up the drive, she got butterflies in her stomach.
“What’s the special occasion?” Hank asked when he walked in. “I hope I didn’t miss some anniversary.”
“No, Can’t a wife just do something nice for her husband?”
“Something’s up. I can tell by that look in the apple of your eye.”
“I saw the doctor yesterday, and she said I needed to take it easy for a while.”
“Honey, why didn’t you tell me you were sick?”
“I’m not sick exactly. I just found out we have a bun in the oven.” Mary walked over and pulled a sonogram from the back of the cupboard. “You know what they say; a picture is worth a thousand words.”
“Our first baby! This is the best thing since sliced bread.”
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