Author: christyadams008

Real Rain

My dad has a fair-sized garden this year. There is an electric fence to keep the varmints at bay and he regularly goes out and checks on it. Every few days he runs the sprinkler to make sure the plants get the water they need to grow. The past few weeks, rain has been scarce […]

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Snakes

I’m not sure what it is about seeing a snake. I lose all sense of proper reasoning and everything around me suddenly looks like a snake. Branches, vines, rakes, pipes, and ropes catch my attention, making me jump and walk faster. Every sound, every shuffle, every rattle makes me keenly aware of the reality that […]

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Blown By the Wind

He hovered in front of my rocking chair on the porch, slowly flying up and quickly dropping down. At first, I thought he was trying to make his way under the eave of the house, but he darted under there only for a second and then went back into the open. Suddenly a huge gust […]

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Wearing Mama’s Glasses

Playing dress up in my parents’ closet was one of our favorite pastimes as a kid. There was nothing like wearing a ball cap, one of Mom’s button-up shirts, and Dad’s giant rubber work boots around the house. Sometimes we even got into Mom’s costumes and came out dressed as rabbits or clowns. But one […]

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Out of My Comfort Zone

As I navigated bumper to bumper traffic in Central Florida this weekend, I felt my anxiety escalate. The giant bridges with no emergency lanes caused me to grip the steering wheel a little tighter. The extra fourteen lanes around me made me second guess all my turns and lane changes. I was definitely out of […]

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Scatter Your Seeds

I refuse to mow my front yard. Last year I scattered the seed heads of dried wildflowers all over my yard and I have excitedly waited to see where they will come up. So far, the purple, pink, and white ones have made their appearance and this week the yellow ones have come up in […]

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There’s No Time Like the Present

We walked around the house and measured. Lots of discussion and thought went into the next half hour. How many boards would we need? Can we cut them in half and have them serve the same purpose but go farther? Do we have the right screws? How about the correct type of nail gun and […]

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Grow Where You’re Planted

Plants growing out of people’s gutters or flowers in the middle of a concrete slab always baffle me. First, how did that little seed end up there and second, how did it have what it needed to grow? We have a large grouping of canna lilies growing in our junk pit. Every year their blooms […]

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Taking a Sick Day

“Mama,” I heard the soft voice of my oldest. “Mama, wake up. Daniel’s puking and crying.” I slowly opened my eyes and saw the blurry 2 at the beginning of the time on the digital clock. I hurried to the other end of the house where my youngest sat, covered in what was left of […]

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