Last night I went to the home & school meeting. When I came home it was past bedtime. I settled on the couch to nurse and watch TV with my husband, and suddenly Nicholas appeared on the stairs. “Michael’s home!” he said excitedly. Not Mommy–Michael. Sigh.


I could get all gripey about lack of appreciation, but I know how difficult a time they had when I was gone. Alex’s schoolwork suffered in the month of December, and his teacher urged us to go easy on him. He was really worried about Mommy and the baby, she said, and she was sure it would straighten out over Christmas Break. So far it looks like she’s right.


Well, this is the day: Christmas is officially ended. Sort of. Because after all, we won’t actually celebrate Epiphany liturgically until Sunday. But by the 12-day count, this is it. So, quick show of hands: who still has their tree up and is lighting their outside lights? We do! We do!


I have a short fiction piece up today as well, if you’re interested.


I had to look up epitaphs in the process of my Write On Edge prompt today. And I have to say…they can be really funny! Check these out. May I approach death with such humor.


Since I’m pressed for time I’ll share two pictures. This one I’ll call “image that disturbs an overtired mother upon entering a darkened room, even though she knows perfectly well where her baby is and knows that isn’t him:


And this one I’ll title “image that ought to be disturbing, but to an overtired mother of four…isn’t.”

(Though I suppose if there’s any place in the house it’s rational to have a stuffed animal’s pants around his ankles, it’d be outside the bathroom!)

7 quick takes sm1 7Quick Takes Friday (vol. 159)


10 thoughts on “7QT

  1. We do, we do! I think I am enjoying our tree more this week than the week after Christmas. It is a particular beautiful Balsam Fir tree that we cut down ourselves and have been watering faithfully. I don’t want to take it down, but I’ve begun taking some of the decorations down…

  2. I remember this one epitaph from the time I visited Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, AZ:
    Here lies George Johnson
    Hanged by mistake 1882
    He was right, we was wrong
    But we strung him up and now he’s gone

  3. O.M.G. I have a picture on my FB of a stuffed Mickey Mouse with his pants pulled down and shirt pulled up over his head from when my dog got ahold of him. Looks so much like your pic! It kind of disturbed me at the time 🙂

  4. Our tree is still up as well as the other decorations. We don’t decorate heavily, however. Jim and I love our little tree and have decided to leave it up until next Sunday, the 15th, just because…..

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