We were out for a quiet dinner, just my Beloved, our teenage daughter and me. In the party room down the hall, there was a raucous rah-rah meeting going on for the coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tim Miles. Boosters were whooping it up. A few of the family members sat in the dining area where we were.

I had just mentioned that someone I know who used to be a good swimmer has decided to take it up again, for weight loss. My Beloved commented, “I can’t think of anything more boring than swimming laps. What is there to do? Stare ahead at the next turn? You can’t talk to anybody or read.”

Ah, I countered. Nowadays many swimmers have waterproof ear buds and iPods. They can listen to music or podcasts just like joggers.

My Beloved was skeptical, and got to chuckling. “I wonder what the music sounds like underwater,” he chortled. Suddenly, he threw his head back and pretended to start gargling a song. I believe the tune was “How Dry I Am.”

Just then, the Nebraska basketball coach burst out of the party room to come into the restaurant and press the flesh with the fans who were there.

He saw the mysterious gargler with his head tipped back and his wife and daughter looking shocked . . . and he demonstrated a picture-perfect basketball pivot, to greet families on the OTHER side of the room, instead of us.

Stats for the night: no goals, no assists . . . and three laughing red faces wishing they had bags to put over their heads.

By Susan Darst Williams | www.TheDailySusan.com | 2-17-18 | © 2018


BIBLE QUICKIE: In numerous verses, the Bible advises people to turn abruptly from sin. You’re supposed to do it as deliberately and purposefully as the coach turned away from the wackos who were gargling the other night. It’s really not hard, but it does take willpower to change directions. When you turn away from committing sin, it’s as pleasing to God as a three-pointer from the center stripe. “If my people, which are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)