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An eavesdropped conversation.
Last Friday I took the dogs to the vet.
While Hondo was with a grooming technician, the front office staff played an icebreaker game. I listened in.
A staff member drew a card from a box, and asked the three other staff members, “If you assigned a chapter title to this moment of your life, what would it be?”
One pondered, and replied: “Hell.”
Shocked expressions appeared, consoling words were spoken, light jesting ensued, encouragement was given.
I came back the following Monday.
I approached the desk.
I looked at the staff, recognizing the afflicted.
“I’m here to pick up medicine for my dogs,” and turning to the staff person I had overheard speaking Friday, I said, “But first I want to know if you’re still in hell, or if you’ve turned the page and begun a new chapter.”
“You heard that?”
“Of course! I was sitting right there!”
“I was speaking quietly,” she said.
She then said she had a stomach bug—not an encouraging piece of news considering our seemingly eternal and persistently ongoing era of heightened concern regarding communicable disease.
“I’m a writer,” I told her.
“I listen for stuff like that.”
I finished James K. A. Smith’s The Nicene Option: An Incarnational Phenomenology. I also finished a collection of writings by Jacques Ellul, Essential Spiritual Writings.
Sights and Sounds
Last week I watched Batman: The Killing Joke (2016), If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd (2018), and Shelby Steele’s 2020 documentary, What Killed Michael Brown?
I liked Dune, will reread the novel, and look forward to the next installment.
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