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One night in Key West on our recent holiday there, Kerry and I ventured through the heart of the city as we let Kyle and one of his best buds (and my newly-adopted kid) Dante do the same. We were taking in the fabulousness that is Duval Street (a/k/a where everything happens) when we saw her. Better make that heard her.
"THAT'S WHAT I'M TELLING YOU! I CAN'T FIND IT! I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT IS!!!!!!!" screamed one very blonde, very sunburned and VERY LOUD woman clearly oblivious to the fact that she was smack dab in the middle of paradise...and the sidewalk, yo.
As my mind pondered what "it" was lost (her manners? her inside voice? her ability to discern that she was, in fact, NOT standing in her kitchen but in a very public space?), Kerry mocked hollered at me: "SHE CAN'T FIND IT!" To which I shrugged, "Well, in her defense, she doesn't know where it is."
Not sure if it's the 24 years of being a couple or what but we were both immediately struck with the same thought. "You know..." he started to say as I nodded in agreement, "Yep, I know." That's another thing about being married for decades; you can speak without talking. Which is exactly what we were saying...silently.
The shared thought was this: Boy she sounds like an ass. And so do I. And so do you. And so does every human who lets their emotions turn them into a screaming lunatic in the middle of paradise --- or anyplace else.
We decided to make a pact right then and there that the next time one of us was getting grumpy with the other, our code phrase to trigger a truce is: "I CAN'T FIND IT!"
That way, we will. #SpeakKindly #WordsMatter #FamilyIsEverything #DontBeADork
Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 R. (see 4abc) One thing I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord. R. Alleluia. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life's refuge; of whom should I be afraid? One thing I ask of the LORD this I seek: To dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD and contemplate his temple. I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD. Alleluia Mt 4:4b R. Alleluia, alleluia. One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.