The Norman Transcript


May 17, 2014

Butting heads with gargoyles



On other occasions, water or hot coffee did not arrive at the intended destination. Perhaps inattention or neglecting to part the lips was to blame, but it seems that I can actually miss my mouth. My first clue is the unsophisticated dribble of liquid down my chin onto my clothing. These are those moments when a disembodied voice should say “Don’t try this during an elegant dinner party.”

Some people glide through life while others race. I belong to the latter group. For some reason, I often run up the stairs. One particular moment is etched in my memory with painful clarity. I tripped on my way to class with half the student body close on my heels. To make matters worse, this happened at an all-male university. Not exactly cool and alluring behavior!

One may conclude that the preceding events could have been rehearsals for the main event.

I enjoy working in the yard, pulling weeds, mowing the lawn and planting flowers. The activity is mindless, productive and often sets the creative wheels churning.

Mother’s Day was no exception. I shopped for plants, but had to stop when Hubby growled, “Don’t you think you bought enough plants for today?” I smiled, shook my head, but wisely headed for the checkout counter. When you consider that my thumb is any color but green, one can never buy enough plants.

Back at the Funny Farm, while Hubby watched a ballgame I pulled pesky weeds and planted flowers. Reaching for another beckoning clump of weeds, I lost my balance and literally butted heads with a gargoyle. As I sat on the ground assessing the damage (mostly to my ego, my butt and my head), I wondered what ever possessed me to buy a gargoyle that resembles a winged Chihuahua rather than something more sinister.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her latest novel Sins of the Father available on Website:

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