Two For The Price Of One

I got upset with someone I don’t know and will never see again. On an airplane. She and her husband were going to Chicago.

We visited. I asked about her world and her husband’s. Basic. She is very proud of her husband and their two Junior High School kids. Nothing more.

I then asked, “What about you?”

She muted, looked down, muffled a cough with both hands, almost whispered, “I’m just a housewife.”

Closed her eyes.

I waited.

She looked at me (finally), a slight smile, a stronger voice, “Guess that’s something.”

“Ma’am, so much more than something. For you and your family that’s everything…please know the great value in your vocation in being a housewife. The word ‘just’ has no value. Good for you for caring for your home and family. Home-maker is essential.”

On with the day…as often as possible don’t use “ just” and know being a home caretaker…ah, the joy and value…early on, I loved driving my sons to their piano lessons. Plus, I was a pretty good car pool driver.

A second blog for today—ideas happen in the car dealer waiting room!

I love the writing of Harlan Coben. In the novel Don’t Let Go, this is said,

“There are good days and bad days. I look at each day as good if you do the right thing.”

To me, MHM here, that is so very profound, deep and true. Most of us look at the results to verify our feelings or maybe more, justify them. So much better to make the results secondary. Such good medicine to keep depression from clawing us in a pine box. Sure, results can mess with us. But stand on your goodness and courage and heart and values ultimately. Do the right thing.

End of homiletic notions for today


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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