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A little slice of life


November 28, 2018
"I can see it now! Newspaper headline: 'Woman Caught Under Chair!'" says my husband as he watches me gingerly go down on all fours for a look under his chair.

"Well, it won't be in MY column now, will it? 'Cuz I'll BE the woman caught under the chair," I answered.

This had already happened. I'd been on a mission to find the nail clippers. Unable to find it in the usual spot—a catch-all soup can wrapped in an "heirloom" photo—a panoramic view of two grandkids when they were a year-and-a-half old or so playing together on Aunt Joan's playroom floor. (They graduate from high school this year—one in Tennessee and one in Traverse City.) All that is beside the point.

So—back to what had already happened. I had just tipped back Mike's recliner, and was in the process of reclining mine. Mike came along, wondering why his chair was reclined, and hit the handle on the side of it to put it back upright. "NO!" I said with probably a bit too much spirit. "I just raised that to look under it for the nail clippers."

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He reclined it again. Before he could volunteer, I did. "I'm going down."

And that's when he said what he said as he watched me haul a stash of heretofore unmissed or un-accounted-for items. There they were—four pens, three well-sharpened pencils with the best kind of erasers (for Sudoku challenges), a Skittle, brownie crumbs, and a shoehorn—all mixed in with an embarrassing amount of dust and other grime. But no nail clippers.

I pushed the mess into a little pile and picked myself up off the floor, re-positioned both chairs, and felt down the cushions in Mike's before sitting down in mine and doing the same. Mike checked the junk drawer, then the pencil drawer, and came up empty-handed. Meanwhile, I reached for that little "butler" can...for the third time...this time dumping the entire contents into my lap. And there it was—the nail clippers.

So here it is after all—in this column. A little slice of life.

Email Willene at willenetanis@aol.com.

Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.
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