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Thursday, May 27, 2010

rain or shine


"Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?"
"Oh, yes."
"That's nice to know... It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past, that sort of thing."

-Tiffany's Salesman and Paul Varjack, Breakfast at Tiffany's

This morning when I pulled out of my driveway I noticed a lot of bright pink tassels hanging out all of the neighbor's newspaper boxes.  Curiosity, as you all well may know by now, usually gets the better of me.  I can't stand not knowing things.  So, I put my red Toyota (endearingly named Georgia, in honor of Gone With the Wind) in park, and peeked into my own newspaper box.  It was a Salvation Army bag.  On it was stapled a note that read, "We will come to pick up your donation Thursday, May 27. RAIN OR SHINE."

Rain or shine.

For someone who has a hard time keeping promises, and not procrastinating, it's refreshing to know that there are some people, some things that you can really depend on.  Like the good old Salvation Army.

It's nice to have definites in this world.  Like the prizes in Cracker Jack boxes.  I remember as a kid, going to the Richmond Braves baseball games (before the Richmond Flying Squirrels took over), digging my hand and wiggling my fingers at the bottom of the boxes to find the inevitably sticky prizes.  Granted the prizes are totally lame now,  temporary tattoos.  Always temporary tattoos.  Usually of Cracker Jack himself.  Not even half as nice as something your almost-lover would have engraved at Tiffany's for a cheap, quasi-engagement ring that is sure to turn your finger green, but the times are changing, I guess.

All Cracker Jack and Breakfast at Tiffany's conversation aside, wouldn't it be nice if joy was the same way?  Would it be nice if despite circumstances in your life, or the turmoil in your heart, or your particular mood, you could still have joy? 

Rain or shine.

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Elisa said...

you are hysterical! i love love love you and yes joy is consistent (because of the Lord) BUT patience is something that comes along with it.long.suffering.love you brett elizabeth wilson

Kaleena J. said...

I like this post.. enjoy your holiday weekend! keep posting, love to read what you have to say.

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