Surprise on the Links

Early in the dewy morning, we went to fight the lazy Monday

blues by annihilating five hundred calories or so at a beautiful

three-par golf course in Damascus, and a slightly unkempt, young

gray tabby met us at the golf carts, greeting, purring, petting us.

She caddied the whole nine-course for us, polishing our clubs with

her striped fur, arranging the balls with her paws, lying on the tee

areas to help us find them, assisting in looking for lost balls,

chasing the putted balls on the greens, letting us pet her and lighten

up our blood pressures after bad slices, lending a hand at rescuing a

lost bull frog on green number six.

Found out, before leaving, that the little tabby was just a new and

unwelcome stray, although a distinct lover of people who golf!

How can that be unwelcome?

Our very special Caddy Cat.

An Evening Raid

After the Husband grilled our two burgers and baked-potato halves, and we were ready to eat, a friend called to take the Husband away to play golf.  The Friend has a big game next Saturday and he wanted to get some practice in.  So, the Husband rushed eating, grabbed his clubs, and ran off to play golf.

I finished eating and went to watch a movie downstairs in the basement, where it’s cool since it’s been real hot here for the last couple of days.  

Well…a quarter of the way through the movie, I cringed when all of a sudden, someone heavy started walking around upstairs!  You know, the creaking and heavy banging of body weight.

It wasn’t time for the Husband to be home!

Then my lamp went off, flickered, and came back on!

So, I picked up my killing tool (the fishing rod) and crept upstairs, doing the FBI thing, brandishing my killing tool (the fishing rod) like a sword from room to room, closet to closet.

It was real dark.  The sun should have been shining, and the “walking noise” was still happening, so I looked out the front window and my mouth dropped open in surprise at the hard pouring rain and trees flapping wildly in a high wind! Lightening stabbed down across the street, behind those trees, thunder blasted, rain poured! As it turned out, the wind was pushing the house, causing the creaking, and the rain gutter was banging against the roof!  No one was here, just me, with a fishing rod in my hand, crouched by the window, feeling sheepish!

But, wait!

The Husband and the Friend were out playing golf!

Were they fried?  Were they safe?  I didn’t know!

Then the town siren started up!

Was it a tornado?  I didn’t know!

I immediately called a Friend of mine, and she said, “No Tornado!” Just the fire trucks being called out to something dealing with fire truck stuff!

So, forcing myself to relax, I watched the storm. I love thunder and lightening.

Soon, the guys drove up and the Husband, coming in soaked, said that at the third hole they’d noticed a big black cloud and ignored it. But at the fourth hole they heard “CRACK!” as lightening hit somewhere not far away, and thunder exploded, and they golf-carted fast-forward style for the clubhouse!

Now, an hour later, the Husband and I are watching television and I’m going to make me some hot tea.

Did I talk your ear off? Thanks for listening.


Exhausted at the Fifth Hole

Muscles scream, burn

Legs like lead weights, drag

Arms like jelly, weak

Willpower waning, must quit

Suddenly, high school boys

Pass ahead walking jauntily

Hauling bigger bags

Strength flickers through my limbs

Husband says

“You can do it, thanks for being with me, Sweetie!”

Finish the hole, move to the next one

Can’t find it, waste time searching

Friendly golfer points the way

The ball actually gets into the air

this time

Another flicker of strength

Seventh hole a bit easier, shorter

Gulp a bottle of water thirstily

Eighth hole, wind blows the ball over to another link

Further to tread

Can’t putt worth week old beans

Ball passes across the cup, again and again

Pick it up and plop it in, just to say “I was there”

Pride surges vaguely at the ninth hole

If exhausted on the fifth hole

what would it be called an hour later?

Bankrupt, collapsed, crumpled

disintegrated, dissolved, caved in

But I did it

I did it