by Kay D. Rizzo

November 18

A Pocketful of Gratitude

Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8, NIV.

I thanked the woman profusely, then hurried to the vending machines for a can of lemonade and two bags of trail mix. Just then the gate attendant called my flight.

By the time we landed in Bismarck the shops were closed, and my ride to the academy where I would speak had given up and gone home. I contacted the appropriate people, then sat down in the deserted airport lobby to wait.

I’d barely arranged my luggage when a young woman car­rying a crying baby in one arm and holding the hand of a tear­ful 4-year-old by her side came up to me. “Ma’am, sorry to bother you, but my plane was late and I need to call my hus­band, but I don’t have any money. You wouldn’t have a quar­ter or two I could borrow?”

I smiled as tears filled my eyes. “Did you come in on the last flight too?” I asked as I pawed through my purse for my wallet.

“Yes. It’s going to take my husband an hour to drive back to get us,” she confided, but not before her daughter whined, “Mommy, I’m so hungry.”

“Shh,” she whispered. “Not now. Daddy will bring some­thing from home.”

I dumped the remaining quarters into the surprised woman’s hand. I cut off her protests with “There are food vending machines at the end of the hall.”

“Popsicles, Black Holes & Burnt Toast” - Kay Rizzo


About "Popsicles, Black Holes and Burnt Toast"

So far today I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, havent lost my temper, havent been greedy, grumpy, or nasty. But in a few minutes, God, Im going to get out of bed, and from then on Im going to need more help. If your morning is anything like that, then start it out right with a revelation from Rizzo. She always has something new to say about God. It wont take long, but the smile in your heart will last the day. You'll encounter eggs that explode and missiles that dont. You'll meet Cha-Cha, the parrot that learned how to order the dog to bring in the cows, then take them back to pasture againover and over. And that's just the first two weeks! The rest of the book really is out of this world, with tales of triumph and tragedy, and stories terrestrial and extraterrestrial.
Kay Rizzo

Kay resides with her husband and business partner, Richard, in California's San Joaquin Valley. Her greatest riches include her hubby of 40+ years; her two daughters, two sons-in law, two grandsons and a cat named Pepsi.