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Anatomy of a hot date

What a date with my husband involves now, after 31 years and 8 children:

Morning doctor appointment for David.

A quick stop at the local library where I find five books and David rifles through the newspapers.

A drive to the McDonald’s where husband whips out the two FREE 12 oz. fruit smoothie coupons he confiscated from the Parade magazines. (disclaimer: these were lightly “glued” to an inside McDonald’s ad. No newspapers or magazines were destroyed or permanently marred by my husband’s behavior)

Amusement at the horrified look on the 16-year-old cashier’s face when I lean in and whisper to her that this is “our hot date,” and realize she is so hoping that her future never involves two old people with a free smoothie.

A silent prayer of thanks for this wonderful man across the table from me while I enjoy what turns out to be a delicious feast with my best friend.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

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