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Men Among Women, Part II

“Tuck, please pick out a clean shirt to wear to the birthday party.”

“This shirt is fine.”

“No, it has mud all over the back from the tumble down the hill next to the library.”

“Okay, but I don’t want to wear a church shirt.”

“That’s fair.  Just pick a clean one.  Remember, you’re the only boy – you want to be a gentleman.”

“There are two other boys – her dad and her brother.”

I ruffle his hair.  “But you’re the only one who’s not in her family.  That’s really a big deal, Tuck.”

He keeps a straight face, but his lips show the telltale curl of a boy who’s deeply honored by a sparkled invitation.

We review a final few pointers before I drop him off at the party: say please and thank you, compliment the birthday girl, and say something kind to her mom.

Have fun, little man.

Just before I pulled away, he came running back to the car.  I rolled down the window and he leaned in.

“Hey, Mom, can I take my football?”


Sorry, dude.  It’s a girl’s gig.  If she tosses you a ball, that’s a whole different game.  But you can’t walk in the door with a handheld Plan B.

p. s. Her mom told me he was a most perfect guest.  Way to go, Tuck.

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. My dear brother passed away day before yesterday from an accident he never recovered from a few weeks ago. Our family is devastated of course and are overwhelmed with all the plans to memorialize him.I, like the woman who posted yesterday, have had the habit of coming to your blog first.Today, I am glad I came here. Your writing is just an amazing gift-truly amazing.I too loved yesterdays, but today? Your just so darn cute with your boys…Sparkly invitation, plan B with the ball. Hurry up and write your book.

    • Dear Darla,

      My heart aches for your family – what tragic loss. I am sorry for you, new friend.

      Thank you for your frequent visits to my blog, for your affirmation of my wandering thoughts that land on the page. 🙂

      I wish I could hug you today.


  2. AWWWWWW…..this is tooo CUTE!!!! I am laughing out loud!

  3. You are doing a great job raising those little guys into gentlemen!

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