A Cupboard Comparison

a handful of uncooked spaghetti and two small tomatoes on a table

When our son Clint was in high school, his friend (whom I’ll call Lissa) came over to work on a school project. They soon got hungry and went to the kitchen. When Clint opened the pantry, Lissa practically jumped back. Said in a shocked tone, “What happened?!” Indeed, the shelves contained only a handful of items. (Picture how it looks…

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Just a Couple of Old Soldiers

It was 1981. My parents were visiting Japan, helping us to build a building. While Dad installed kitchen cabinets, the Japanese tile man, Mr. Narahashi, was installing the Japanese-style bath. (Everybody should have an American kitchen and a Japanese bath!) During a breather, the two men stood drinking coffee. Only the most casual of introductions had been made. (Of course,…

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