May 15, 2009

Unwanted Visitors

Is there conflict in the house? Do we have a curl in our lip or a furrow in our brow? Are we snappy? Irritated? Critical or Rude?


If so, you can be sure that around every corner is the unwanted visitor Complain Complain. Yep, that's right. Her first and last name is the same.

She loves to visit at mealtime. Oh what a ruckus she makes. The food is never good enough. She hates vegetables. And if by chance we are serving something yummy - something no one would complain about - well, then she complains that someone got more than she did.

Complain Complain also likes to show up early in the morning. She hides in the closet or in the dresser drawers. What a sneak! She points out the flaws in our clothes - the bad colors, how old and out of style they are, how they make us look fat or frumpy or poor. It's hard to get rid of her once she is in the house.

If, somehow, we can get her away from our clothes she goes into the bathroom. There, she stands in the mirror with her arms crossed. She will speak with such authority, it's hard to remember that her father is the Father of lies. She complains about our blemishes, our teeth, our hair, our weight. When Complain Complain visits soon enough there is a conflict.

If it's not Complain Complain visiting, then it is her best friend, Dispute-n-Argue. What a nasty character he is! He is a master at what he does. He can provoke anything and everyone to anger. While he is fluent in many languages, he usually only uses two words: "Why?" or "But".

What a lazy fellow! You never did see anyone as lazy as that Dispute-n-Argue. He always has a reason for being unproductive. It's too hard. It's too expensive. It will make make him (or us) tired, sick or dizzy. He sneaks around.  Just when the Santos Times seem so organized and happy, Dispute-n-Argue will jump in to make us feel how wrong or silly or foolish we are. Like I said, Dispute-n-Argue loves to provoke.

I don't know how these characters get into our house.  One of us lets them in or they come in through an unlocked window, and once they get in, it is nearly impossible to get them out.

Fortunately, we have a very good friend, a faithful friend, that Complain Complain and Dispute-n-Argue HATE. When this friend comes over they usually leave. If they don't leave willingly, he will throw them out for us.

He is very strong and capable and I must say, quite handsome. What a wonderful friend he is! His name is Thankful.

He is SUCH a good friend that, recently, we asked him to come and live with us. We have had to make a lot of adjustments to the home in order to make him comfortable, there are some things he just won't tolerate. But for all he does for us, we would gladly do anything to have him around. He makes us all smile, he keeps those bad visitors away, and we are even healthier because of him. We thank God every day for our good and faithful friend Thankfulness.


Do all things without complaining and disputing: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Philippians 2:14 -15


  1. Reading your blog reminds me of Auntie Nina.

  2. Very cute Laura : ) Thanks for the thoughts. We get such visitors as well : ( Much love, Kacee


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