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Friday Five: What You Absolutely, Positively, Can’t Leave Home Without

will be at a chaplain’s convention when you all are answering the
Friday Five Questions. I’ll look forward to reading your answers next
week when I get home. At the moment we are trying to get the car loaded
so we can hit the road, so this will be a simple F.F. This running
around madly in order to leave has me wondering: what are the five
things you simply must have when you are away from home? And why? Any history or goofy things, or stories?

1. Cell Phone – is this an obvious one?  I have an iPhone (a gift) and
it’s my mapper, internet, alarm clock, bible, prayers and music….
it’s awesome to have it all in one gadget.

2. Knitting – and lots of it.  I always take too much, and this helps me from taking too many…

3. Shoes – cutting back on these, though in the past I always had
several that I didn’t wear along with extra shirts and pants too.  The
yarn and knitting projects have slowly taken over the space the extra
clothes took up.

4. Books and Magazines – you never know when you won’t be able to knit.

5. Swiss Army Knife – You wouldn’t believe how often this has come in handy.

  • how it feels to be needed and to be helpful to others on a daily basis

  • sisters are funny people

    the odd places you find things… today I found a banana (a real live
    banana) in a box of cereal (Golden Grahams, since you asked.)  Random
    banana in the box outside the bag with the cereal, but going brown

  • the way things end up in different places from day to day (i.e., cereal bowls) (well, and, bananas)

  • the beautiful rhythm of the voices lifted in prayer together

  • how much patience it takes to be with someone who is memory-challenged

  • how much joy it is to be with each one of the sisters

  • how entertaining a NASCAR race can be when shared with several others (and how much knitting one can get done while doing the sharing)

  • the daily laughter

    eating with others and preparing a meal – daily sacraments

  • how i fit in the world

  • the tyranny of “the way it’s always been.”

  • the comfort of “the way it’s always been.”

  • challenge, hope, peace, prayer, acceptance, love, frustration, generosity, charity, faith, and all the bananas

July 2008