I’m just making French fries

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When a teen announced yesterday she had landed a job at McDonald’s making French fries, she was offered congratulations. When someone expressed the opinion that it was a good opportunity, she dismissed the remark with a measure of contempt.

It is an opportunity. Aside from an opportunity to develop some customer interaction skills and to earn money, you’re at the start of building a work history. And then these random points came to mind:

  • You’re learning how to follow verbal instructions and written procedures. It’s not unlikely that many of these procedures are associated with health regulations designed for your safety and the safety of others.
  • You’re learning to be part of a team. You could be assessed for your interaction with others.
  • You’re learning the importance of putting forth your best effort in everything you do, regardless of what you do.
  • You’re learning about work ethics and growing a reputation.
  • You’re learning how you can be the example of how to behave in a work environment.
  • You’re learning how to put aside the personal for the professional.
  • You’re presented with opportunities to witness good and bad behavior and how to accept one and reject the other.
  • You’re learning about responsibility and perhaps you’re learning about consequences.

So the next time you drop that basket of fries into the fryer, think about what’s ahead. More than a crunch?

The back story to the story

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Life as a dot

Life as a dot is my fifth Indie publication and as with the others—The Should I? Game, No Regrets (published under Rebecca deMond), and the two What’s behind the curtain? peek-a-boo books—it has a back story.

One evening in December 2016, I sat in my aging recliner by Bassett, and flipped through news channels between games of Words with Friends™. The constant stream of stories and messages about prejudice, racism, sexism, discrimination, violence, xenophobia, homophobia, and cruelty to people and to animals weighed heavily on my soul. I felt helpless and it was in a moment of dispair and prayer that Life as a dot was gifted to me.

What evolved from my examination of that commonplace object surprised me. In some respects the publication is not dissimilar to a virtual scavenger hunt. But behind that hunt is a search for, and a recognition and acknowlegement of, the different roles we each play in life. We can choose to respect our similarities and our differences. We can promote civility and kindness.

God bless and please share.

Copyright © 2017 Helen R. Letts
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Small actions can produce big results

Where do you go when you’re in the doldrums and need a boost? We each have a special go-to place that from experience we know will lift our spirits. For me it can be several places. But when the weather is foul, I go to Watson’s Greenhouse & Nursery, one of my favorite destinations. With a colorful array of annuals and perennials, houseplants, and trees and shrubs, it’s cheerful and it’s free. But it’s hard to resist not leaving a bit of your own green behind.

2008

I’ve always been a major fan of geraniums, favoring the Martha Washington variety. But that changed when I discovered Apple Blossom geraniums at Watson’s. I left the nursery with several plants  The potted geraniums with their clusters of flowers that look like miniature, old-fashioned heritage roses were displayed in terracotta pots on the windowsills of a bay window.

Stem of an Apple Blossom

2014

In 2014, I returned to Watson’s hoping to purchase more Apple Blossom geraniums, but learned there hadn’t been any in many years. I was so disappointed and talked with Mr. Watson, who told me how to take a cutting of one of my plants. I did, and returned the next day and left a cutting for Mr. Watson.

2016

In April 2016, I again found myself at Watson’s. After making some purchases, I thanked Mr. Watson for his helpful staff. And I reminded him that I was the woman who had given him the cutting of an Apple Blossom geranium. His next words shocked me.

“Would you like one?” he asked.

Surprised, I said, “What?” And then I followed him into one of the greenhouses where he showed me a table filled with 1-gallon containers of Apple Blossom geraniums.

Table of 2-gallon containers of Apple Blossom Geraniums

Mr. Watson is standing next to the table to the right of the one pictured. Half the table is filled with the same 1-gallon containers of Apple Blossom geraniums.

Mr. Watson

It was a stunning sight, a beautiful moment, and I was speechless.

All of these plants started with my single cutting!

I came home with two 1-gallon containers gifted to me by Mr. Watson. More importantly, I came home with this simple, powerful message from the Lord:

Small actions can produce big results.

Copyright © 2017 Helen R. Letts

Prayers for Caleb

Caleb and John, his dad UPDATE  Caleb’s surgery went well. The boy is still experiencing a lot of pain and isn’t yet placing any weight on his “new foot.” But he will. In a sad turn of events, his father, John, was just diagnosed with cancer. So, once again, I’m asking for prayers–prayers for the healing of Caleb and John.

Caleb is a seven-year-old who loves flags and eagles, is a Lego maniac, a history buff, and wants to visit the Statute of Liberty. In most respects he’s a very normal little boy. But not entirely.

Caleb was 2 pounds, 11 ounces when he was born, and as you might expect, there were some lingering medical issues. And one issue continues to be a struggle for Caleb—the ability to walk and to run with friends.

So is it any wonder that when Caleb announced that he wanted “a new foot” that his parents consulted his doctor? The doctor assured his parents that surgery on Caleb’s foot and leg is absolutely necessary for their son to be able to walk and to run. Although wary of putting their sweet child through medical procedures, Caleb’s parents, Karen and John, couldn’t deny their son’s request for a new foot.

Caleb’s surgery is scheduled for May 30. Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery. And pray that this sweet little boy—who turns eight in June—will be walking and running with his friends at this time next year.

God bless and please share.

Copyright © 2017 Helen R. Letts