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Monday, April 15, 2013

Taxation vs Confiscation

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No, this will not be a commentary on the current state of politics in the United States.

My mom shared with me an experience she had recently. She was in her kitchen preparing a meal and opened one of her cupboard doors. A bag of Hershey kisses lay conspicuously among the dishes. She immediately realized that my dad had tried to hide them from her (they have a long history of purchasing sweets and hiding them from one another, they call them their "stashes"). So, as any loving spouse would do, she hid them in another cupboard and left a note for him. She made it into the shape of a kiss, taped a kiss wrapper to the back of it, and wrote a brief thank you note to my dad for leaving the kisses for her. That, in and of itself, would be a good story. What makes it great is that there's more.

The next day she happened to open the same cupboard where she had left the note the day before and, to her surprise, she found a note for her from my dad. She described it as scathing. It read "Taxation is okay. Confiscation is not." And then demanded that she return the kisses to him. She was concerned that dad was actually upset. When he got home later that day she thanked him for his note hoping that he wasn't. While she spoke a smile grew on his face until he was laughing. They both had a good laugh and mom put the kisses back for him. Now she's on the prowl for one of his other stashes. I can't say which as he might be reading this and I don't want to betray mom's confidence. Just be warned dad.

Let's make this week more fun. We all need more laughter in our lives, and especially in our marriages.

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15 comments:

  1. I love reading anecdotes like this. My parents have been married for over 40 years, and they're still learning more about each other and growing closer together. It's inspirational.

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    1. It's awesome that your parents have been together so long. Please congratulate them for me!

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  2. Visit and follow from Happy Friday Blog Hop.
    Thanks for link up at my blog.
    Have a nice day.
    Nan
    http://www.blogshe.net

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  3. What a great story! My folks have been married since 1976 and it seems all they do is work, work, work! They are in the process of finishing up with a total renovation of a HUGE 3 story house that is going to be a bed & breakfast in Cherokee, IA (sorry, shameless little plug LOL). Let me know if you'd like to know more..... Anyway, loved the little story! I was expecting you to say they kept hiding the pack from each other until they ran out and one of them went to get more. LOL

    I found you on the Happy Friday Blog Hop - would love a visit back when you have time...

    Tina 'the book lady'
    http://familyliteracy2.blogspot.com
    http://givingnsharing.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome blogs Tina. I particularly like familyliteracy. I'm definitely going to share it with my wife because she would love it. We feel that reading is really important for our children and encourage it every change we get. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. BTW, I'm following you on GFC - I don't see a FB gadget or I would of gotcha that way too. Happy weekend!

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  5. I am following you at Home Educator.
    Cute story,
    Blessings
    Janis

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  6. This gave me a good smile.
    Following you from Happy Friday
    http://mydevotionalthoughts.com

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    1. I'm glad it made you smile Ruth. Thanks for letting me know!

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  7. Very cute. Thank you for sharing this fun and encouraging story with us. I'm visiting from Home Educator Mom. Thanks for linking up.

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  8. Love it! Yes, fun in marriage is where it's at!
    Thanks for linking at From House to Home. The new link party is now up!
    --Gena

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    1. Thanks Gena. I do love having fun, especially with my wife.

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