Three weeks following the embarrassment of my aborted Halloween costume, our family went over to the Witters’ house for a Saturday night visit. This wasn’t just any Saturday night though. This particular night was the first of the major, two-night television event that gave me – what I still considered to be – a great… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: A Plan Well Laid
1974 Halloween was less than a week away and I was in a quandary over what costume to wear for the two nights of trick-or-treating. I was eleven now and in sixth grade at Yorktown Middle School. I was almost a teenager and felt that it was time to drop the childish, rayon costumes that… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Cotton Balls and Guffaws
1969 It was a few weeks before the new school year started and I would be a first-grader when a new family moved into a new house kinda-sorta across Sarasota Drive from my family’s house one weekend. A few days later some kid and his younger, freckle-faced sister came knocking on our front door. Mom… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: What’s a Godfather?
In the weeks between accepting the offer to be Abby’s godfather and the date of her baptism, I was left with two issues to iron out for myself. The first one – this issue was a HUGE one – was to decide if I could or would be able to profess my faith in God… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Okay… Now What?
“She is a cutie, isn’t she?” Mary proudly said while looking down at her yawning baby. She told me a bit about the events of the day. The walk we all went on the night before had apparently done the trick; the first contraction came sometime during the night. The experience of the first two… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: The Offer
“Thad Studebaker, call two-zero-one, please. Thad Studebaker, please call two-zero-one.” That exact announcement over the public address system at work was completely foreign to me and everyone else in the plant. The code was used to alert an employee that they had an incoming telephone call. There were several frontline workers who received multiple such… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: The Next Day
1995 It was shortly after dinner on a late, late summer day when the telephone hanging in the kitchen rang. There was but one phone call I had been expecting for a few days and the news it would bring was too exciting to dilly-dally in answering the call. I leapt out of my armchair,… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Walking Towards Destiny