1. Phil and I were in Costco late this afternoon. "Shouldn't we get a chicken?" he asked.
Getting a roasted chicken is the highlight of Phil's life. Well, almost. Getting a Costco chicken means I won't have to cook dinner so it's a win-win. So we got a chicken, and then we went into the fruit and veggies room. We had been in there maybe five seconds when he said, "Hurry!"
"Why?" I asked.
"Because, he said, with a worried look on his face, "my chicken is cooling off."
2. I was in the living room, talking on the phone with Hillary, tonight.
"Maddy (age 11) was going swimming with Bailey today," Hillary said. "A huge thunderstorm came up and Maddy came in the living room and threw herself on the couch in despair. Face down."
"Face down, Mom," she said. "What am I going to do with her?"
"You better watch her," I said. "You know what happened to Elizabeth when puberty hit?"
All during this conversation Elizabeth was downstairs, with the TV on. Obviously she has excellent eavesdropping capabilities.
"What?" she yelled. "What did I do?"
Then she got on the phone and said, "In my defense, I am sweet and lovely." Hillary and I were speechless. "Sweet and lovely," Elizabeth continued, "With bouts of naughtiness."
Really, Elizabeth, bouts of naughtiness?
3. One day when Liza (age 11) was here, she was sitting on the couch and had her feet up. The bottoms of her socks were so worn out you could see her feet through the weave.
"Liza," Hillary said, "nice socks."
"Thanks," Liza said, "They're breezy!"
Which sounds like a good thing to me. Somebody ought to market socks that way. Breezy socks. Really. Liza should get royalties. Really, she should.
4. Hillary told me that last night Maddy had a glass of water and a glass of milk at dinner. She took a drink of her milk, pulled a horrible face and said, "Ugh, milk. What a horrible surprise."
"What a horrible surprise," is now a by word in their house. I think that phrase can be used for lots of situations. It's kind of like the word "Interesting." Sometimes it means interesting and sometimes it means interesting! Know what I mean? I'm sure you have had some interesting things happen in your life, and so have I. Really.
5. Hillary and I continued talking. How we got on this subject I don't know.
"I hate the word 'beloved'", she said.
"You do? Even when it refers to Jesus?"
"Yes," she said, "and I hate the word 'gorgeous,' too."
Now that this is published on my blog, if any of her siblings read it--which is unlikely--they will have the perfect ammunition for getting her goat. They will probably tell her they think that one of the reasons Jesus was beloved was because he was gorgeous.
I hope this isn't sacrilegious, talking about Jesus this way. Really, I hope it isn't.
6. Which reminds me, Trent was always good at "getting people's goats." He probably still is, he has seven children to use as victims. When he was still living home, one day he was teasing one of the kids (I can't remember which one) Whoever it was came running to me, tattling.
"He's got your goat," I replied.
Whereupon the child turned around, marched back to Trent and yelled, "Give my goat back."
"He gets your goat all the time." I said. "He has a whole herd of them by now."
"Give them back!" the child yelled.
"Where will you keep them?" Trent asked. "A whole herd of goats is a lot to take care of."
"They can live in the back yard and eat grass," the child said.
Now one begins to wonder, did that child really think Trent had real goats? And then I wonder, no, I'm sure of it, they must take after Phil's side of the family.