Goshen News, Goshen, IN


June 23, 2014

GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Mom 'procaffeinating' among rabbits, dessert and children

I’d not heard it before. It was a new one for me, and I knew right away I was an expert. Procaffeinating. That was the word. Procrastinating while caffeinating. And shouldn’t Webster be all over this? Yes, he should.

If this was a course, then I was the prof. Any number of things, I’d learned, could be put off when one was busily caffeinating. Laundry, dishes, sweeping, typing; all of it could wait while one mustered one’s gumption and found fresh giddyup. Which was found at the bottom, not the top, of the cup.

As a girl with strong language skills, I could see multiple layers of meaning in this one word. Just as I was prolife, I was also procaffeine. “Pro” as in “for.” Two thumbs up, one hundred percent, and a great big yes to the yea.

Mr. Schrock, he knew it, too. It was on a recent family trip that he’d seen the way the wind was blowing, sensed a rising desperation and took the nearest exit. “Oh, good,” read the caption beneath the photo later on. “Now I won’t have to kill anyone. Close call.”

Yes, I was strongly procaffeine. In my lexicon, prolife and procaffeine were closely tied, and so true love took the exit.

It was Little Schrock who threw another new one at me. There I was, getting ready to leave, and here he came, knock-knock-knocking on the bedroom door with one grubby paw. “Wanna see me?” he said, eagerness coloring his voice.

“What’s up?” I said, for one never knows what one will encounter when boys run wild and free in the summer.

“I did a ‘spring clean’ on my clothes,” he chirped altogether cheerfully from his side of the door. “With the sprinkler.”

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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