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The Big Win

March 17, 2014

In a big family, it’s good for everybody to have their special niche.

Annie is getting a lot of attention from friends and strangers for her face this week.  She fell down Patty’s front steps and caught herself with her nose.

Elizabeth is on cloud nine after receiving a letter in the mail from her new mentor (who didn’t even know that Elizabeth prays regularly , on her knees, for a piece of mail) with an invitation to tea.

Miss P’s special niche is her upcoming colonoscopy on Thursday, the outcome of her recent “poop conference” as we called her appt. with the poop specialist last week.  (She has an aversion to doctor’s appts. as she always thinks they are going to “open her tummy”, so we avoid the phrase).  The children are all a’buzz.  I heard Charlie following her around this morning saying, “Miss P, we are going to take you to the doctor today for your colonoscopy.”  I yelled down the stairs that the colonoscopy isn’t until Thursday, and besides, he is not invited.  He was understandably devastated.  Miss P, on the other hand, is raring to go and feeling like a celebrity.

Charlie may have found his own niche this week: the world of gambling. We were pleased to be invited again this year by Patty to a Friday night Lenten fish fry at St. Albert the Great’s Catholic Church.  While eating fish I overheard someone say something about BINGO in the gym.  Patty has been holding out on us.  BINGO!

We made straight for the gym.  Bingo, we discovered, is fun for the whole family. Miss P and Annie were content to arrange chips on their cards, for free.  The rest of up played for big money.  Charlie played two cards at a time.  I would guess there were around 70 people in the gym.  The winnings depended on how many people bought into the round and whether it was your “traditional BINGO” or your “cover-all”.  Out of all those people can you guess who BINGO’d? Only the shortest guy in the room. He proudly carried his card forward for verification of the win, and collected his $14.50.  A fortune!  I am glad he won the 14.50.  The next round’s winner won $119.00.  We wouldn’t have known quite how to handle that.  And Elizabeth would never have recovered.  $14.50 in Charlie’s pocket was almost more than she could swallow.

Below: BINGO! BINGO!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Papaw permalink
    March 17, 2014 3:08 pm

    I recommend that Charlie wear his Alabama shirt to all games of chance.

  2. March 17, 2014 3:52 pm

    Just sayin, it must be his teacher that made Charlie such a math whiz! 😉

  3. Nancy Stroud permalink
    March 17, 2014 4:24 pm

    Precious children!

    Sent from my iPhone

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