One thing leads to another

Are you getting things ready for Christmas?

Are you thinking about family that lives far away, shipping things off for the big day?

You know, when you’re doing that it’s funny where things lead to.

The Lady of the House and I were at the dining room table getting boxes and cards ready for shipping. I had my address book open and was making labels for the boxes of Christmas joy. The next day we would be taking them to the post office.

As I was putting my address book away I noticed she had hers out and was scribbling away.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Putting your family addresses in my book, in case I need them,” said The Lady of the House.

“I have them right here,” I said, waving my little address book. “Why do you need them?”

“In case you ‘go on to Florida’ before me,” she said.

At our house “go on to Florida” is our li’l ol’ way of saying “going on to Glory.”

“If you go on before me I’ll need to contact them,” said The Lady of the House. “Except I don’t have their phone numbers. So I guess I’ll just have to drop them a note.”

I stared at The Lady of the House for a moment.

“So … what will you do?” I asked. “I mean you will send a letter, not just a postcard, right?

“Yeah,” she said. “Maybe I’ll print out a form letter.”

“And what would it say?”

“Something like, ‘He’s dead. So sad.’ You know, short and simple,” she said.

“You wouldn’t!” I said.

“No dear, I wouldn’t,” said The Lady of the House with a smile.

“Thank goodness,” I said.

“You wouldn’t know anyway,” she said under her breath as she turned to leave the room.


Grant McGee is a long-time broadcaster and former truck driver who rides bicycles and likes to talk about his many adventures on the road of life. Contact him through his blog at:

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