A Full Day’s Life

4:30am. First draft of article to editor –
{750 words on why faith isn’t a quick-fix}
6:30am. Leave for working breakfast –
{2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, biscuits w/gravy,
and the very worst missionary}
10am. Stop by Costco for core items –
{meat, cheese, eggs, toilet paper, Goldfish crackers}
11:30am. Lunch with wife of almost 24 years –
{reheat leftovers, both food and conversation}
12pm. Deliver water bottles to high school –
{hydration needs for after-prom on Saturday}
12:15pm. Head to King Soopers with my wife
to finish up every two week shopping list –
{fruit, vegetables, hummus, chocolate ice cream}
1:45pm. Afternoon delight.
2:50pm. Pick up daughter from high school –
{no driver’s license yet}
3pm. Pick up son from other high school in town –
{driver’s license hopefully soon}
4pm. Greet elementary daughter home from school –
{neighborhood carpool}
5pm. Feed Beagle –
{been beyond restless since 1:45pm}
5:05pm. Help my wife make salsa –
{Pioneer Woman recipe, muy bueno}
5:30pm. Family enjoys salsa for dinner –
{with steak tacos on the side}
6pm. Watch local news, pay attention to weather –
{possible snow on Sunday, what?}.
7pm. Pull off boots and socks and plop down on bed –
{dream someone would rub my feet}
8pm. Watch television with my wife –
{two episodes of Homeland}
10:30pm. Kiss wife and kids goodnight –
{wife konks fast, kids dink around til 11pmish}
11:15pm. Open window in bedroom –
{seize the chance, possible snow on Sunday}
11:16pm. Tell God Thank you for a full day’s life –
{muy bueno, amen}
11:17pm. God says You’re welcome –
{voice disguised as the sound of a passing train}

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  1. Jamie Bagley on April 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I love it. The last two lines, especially. The way it was winding down I wasn’t expecting it to end like that and it was a pleasant surprise. Thank you, as always, for sharing your poetry.

  2. Susan Irene Fox on April 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Your down-to-earth writing is always a treat, John. (And funny, isn’t it, how we tend to miss His voice in the beautiful, mundane way He speaks to us.) Thanks.

  3. R W on April 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    The last two lines were my favorite.
    Also? The Very Worst Missionary is The. Best. Ever. 🙂

  4. pastordt on April 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    So. An afternoon delight AFTER both Costco and the grocery store? Wow. Now that is impressive.

  5. Cindee Snider Re on April 27, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Oh my gosh! I read this and laughed. Read it aloud to my husband. He laughed. Yup! Life in a household of busy teens. LOVED your post about prom too. Good, good stuff! 🙂

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