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If You Give a Mary a Mop, aka My day in child’s prose.

If you give a Mary a mop, she’s going to ask you for a bucket to hold the water in.

When she sees the bucket, she’s going to remember she needs a container for some of the kid’s toys.

When she sorts through the toys to put in the bucket, she is going to find some to go in her garage sale.

When she wants to price them, she will realize she is out of pricing stickers and take a trip to Walmart to get some.

In Walmart, she will see some shampoo on clearance that she has coupons for in her coupon box.

At home.

She will go back home for the coupon box and forget the pricing stickers.

When she gets home, she will realize she didn’t cut out last week’s coupons, so she’ll ask for a scissors.

When her daughter hands her the scissors she was using, she’ll notice how long her fingernails have gotten and she’ll ask for the clippers.

After her daughter’s nails are clipped, she tells her that she wants to take a shower.

When she starts the shower for her daughter, she remembers the shampoo on sale at the store.

And the pricing stickers.

She looks at the clock and realizes the store is closed.

And her house isn’t clean.

So she asks for the mop.

Then realizes all her floors are carpeted.

So she goes to bed.


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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