Two in a row OK, but three is sus­pi­cious

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So that you know, I am not sus­pi­cious (knock on wood). I take a rather prac­ti­cal ap­proach to life and try my best not to get bent out of shape. At my age, it’s rather dif­fi­cult to keep my shape. I try to keep my guard up, but no mat­ter what I do, I drop it.

Tues­day I was en­gaged in a “project,” when the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age came and brought me an ap­ple frit­ter. “I thought,” she said rather cheer­fully, “that you could use an ap­ple frit­ter.”

I was most gra­cious for this ap­ple frit­ter. Noth­ing raises your spir­its and en­cour­ages you to do your best like an ap­ple frit­ter. I know my wife and I dis­agree as to the na­ture of these ap­ple frit­ters so it sur­prised me that she brought one to me.

My in­sis­tence is that an ap­ple frit­ter is an ap­ple and an ap­ple is an ap­ple. She, on the other side of the break­fast ta­ble, in­sists that it is a dough­nut. We have never re­solved this dif­fer­ence in our re­la­tion­ship. When she brought me an ap­ple frit­ter I was a lit­tle bit sur­prised, but was think­ing deep in my heart it may be I have con­vinced her that an ap­ple frit­ter in deed is a fruit.

I smiled most gra­ciously, thanked her and en­joyed the ap­ple frit­ter like I en­joy ev­ery ap­ple frit­ter I eat. It was the high­light of my af­ter­noon, I can tell you that.

Noth­ing more was said about it be­cause I do not like to spoil a good thing. I just en­joyed it and went on think­ing that per­haps we have come to a con­clu­sion about this con­tra­dic­tion.

Then Wed­nes­day came around and in the mid­dle of a project in the af­ter­noon, my wife came in and said, “Here, I thought you might en­joy an ap­ple frit­ter for to­day.”

With­out think­ing, I took it, smiled and thanked her most gra­ciously for this af­ter­noon treat. Noth­ing bol­sters my day more than a warm ap­ple frit­ter. Noth­ing goes bet­ter with a cup of cof­fee than an ap­ple frit­ter. I am quite con­vinced that in heaven we will en­joy ap­ple frit­ters.

With me when­ever I have an ap­ple frit­ter in the af­ter­noon the day goes by so smoothly. I en­joyed that ap­ple frit­ter to the nth de­gree, what­ever that may mean.

I did not think much of it, be­cause you should just en­joy your day and what­ever bless­ings come, like an ap­ple frit­ter, just en­joy it to the best of your abil­ity.

Let me re­peat that I am not a very su­per­sti­tious per­son (knock on wood), but I do like to take pre­cau­tions. Once it is over, I like to move on.

Then on Thurs­day, the in­con­ceiv­able hap­pened.

“Here,” my wife said most cheer­fully, “I thought you would en­joy an ap­ple frit­ter for the af­ter­noon.”

I did not know what to do or say. I put on a greasy smile, ac­cepted the ap­ple frit­ter, nod­ded my head and said, “Thank you.”

For her to bring me one ap­ple frit­ter was a won­der­ful thing, and I deeply ap­pre­ci­ate it and did not give it too much thought.

For her to bring me the sec­ond ap­ple frit­ter was a lit­tle sus­pi­cious, but I was not go­ing to say any­thing or spoil the mo­ment or dis­cour­age her in any way, so I ac­cepted it.

Now the third ap­ple frit­ter, three days in a row has made me more than sus­pi­cious. I do not want to be judg­men­tal here. I cer­tainly don’t want to do any­thing that would spoil the next ap­ple frit­ter that might come. But I was sus­pi­cious. I mean, I was very sus­pi­cious about the whole sce­nario.

For her to bring me three ap­ple frit­ters in a row, know­ing that she does not like ap­ple frit­ters, caused me to re­think the whole sit­u­a­tion. Why, for ex­am­ple, was she do­ing this? What was she ex­pect­ing from me in re­turn? How much trou­ble am I re­ally in now?

All of these ques­tions jammed my brain so that I could think of noth­ing more.

Has she come over to my side con­cern­ing these ap­ple frit­ters? Or, was she set­ting me up for some­thing?

As I slowly munched on the third ap­ple frit­ter, my mind went a mil­lion miles an hour. My mind was go­ing so fast I al­most could not en­joy the ap­ple frit­ter. Never fear, I took the time to en­joy the ap­ple frit­ter, then I re­sumed my sus­pi­cious think­ing.

The first thing I thought about Fri­day morn­ing when I got up was the sus­pi­cious ap­ple frit­ters. Was she go­ing to bring me an­other ap­ple frit­ter to­day? Would I find out to­day the scheme be­hind this ap­ple frit­ter sce­nario?

Fri­day af­ter­noon as I was in­volved in some work my wife passed by and said, “How’s ev­ery­thing go­ing? You get­ting some work done?” I nod­ded and she con­tin­ued walk­ing with­out pre­sent­ing me with an ap­ple frit­ter.

To this day, she has never men­tioned the ap­ple frit­ter sce­nario. I, lov­ing life in all its ameni­ties, have never ques­tioned her about it. What she meant by it and what was hap­pen­ing, I prob­a­bly will never know.

Think­ing about this I was re­minded of what David once said, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will re­joice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

I do not know the story be­hind the ap­ple frit­ters, but I cer­tainly re­joice in those ap­ple frit­ters.

Dr. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­ The church web­site is www. whatafel­low­

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