the race

note: yeah, I purposely buried this post under another one because this is the braggy sort of story I hesitate to share. But I DO want to remember it; I’ll likely put it back in the drafts folder after a day or two.

There are some venues where I wouldn’t even try to compete: on the basketball court with Michael Jordan, planning a dinner party with Martha Stewart, or reading a book faster than Stefan. Especially a book of scripture; he’s just not normal.

But Erik got this hare-brained New Year’s resolution that he would read the Book of Mormon just a little faster than Stefan. Erik traveled most of last week and was thrilled to get ahead on his reading. Upon his arrival home Friday he was just a few chapters behind. He eagerly settled in the read chair in his quest for victory.

Later Stefan came home from a friend’s house and headed up to his room. After an hour or so Erik grew suspicious and yelled upstairs, “What are you doing up there? You’d better not be reading your scriptures!”

He was.

Stefan sauntered downstairs as Erik quizzed him, “What chapter are you on? What page? When did you start?”

“Oh dad,” Stefan replied. “I’m sorry. I forgot about your race. I already finished it once in January. Now I’m on the second time through.”

Poor Erik. He never had a chance.

January 19, 2010
January 20, 2010



  1. Jeanelle

    January 21, 2010

    oh my goodness! Poor Erik, indeed! Tell Stefan he totally rocks.

  2. Kerri

    January 21, 2010

    That is ridiculously darling. Sigh. Don’t bury this…it gives me hope…

  3. Michelle

    January 21, 2010

    Can I just say that my most favorite part in the story is when Erik actually called out to Stefan,
    “You better not be reading the scriptures!”


    I actually, literally and physically laughed out loud, right here at work.

    Just glad none of the other ladies in the office were paying attention to me because, really, not only would I have a hard time explaining the hilarity of it all, but I wouldn’t have wanted to share it with them anyway…they wouldn’t get it, you know?

  4. Michelle

    January 21, 2010

    P.S. Don’t take this one back to your Drafts, Michelle. It’s a good one.
    Besides, I truly believe you should never apologize for:

    a. Your life (Big huge mistakes, yes. Everyday-ness….all the good, all the yucky, all the joy, all the sorrow, all the blessings, all the momentary mommy hiccups–no, absolutely not!)
    b. Your writing style
    c. Your beliefs
    d. Your point of view

    This is why I love your blog—in my world where reality is barely recognizable, your writing gives me something tangible to hold on to. So no pressure or anything, but I really, really, really, really, really, really hope you don’t ever stop sharing! 🙂

  5. Jan Russell

    January 22, 2010

    Put this back into the drafts folder? Pish posh. I love it! And I’m 100% with Michelle!

  6. Claudia

    January 22, 2010

    That is so awesome. I think I might make myself a shirt that says: I ♥ Stefan

  7. jendoop

    January 23, 2010

    I’m glad I found this post and want to talk to you about an arranged marriage for Stefan 😉

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