THE LAST SWIRL

THE LAST SWIRL
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Magnificent man-made structures meet my eye on a portion of my daily walk.
The massive homes on a certain street are so amplified that I can almost hear the money talk between houses.
I am intrigued.
My gait slows, just a tad, and allows me to enjoy the textures, tones, and variation of these customized and unique dwellings.
"Frosting" houses are my favorite which is my undignified defining of a stucco exterior.
Favorably and flavorably appealing to my poetic taste, I look at a stucco house and want to lick the knife off when the last swirl is painted ... and all kinds of descriptive words fill me.
Mmmm ...
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Today a gentleman, outside one of the elaborate frosting houses, calls out to me almost invisibly.
He is just exiting the premises and rolls down the window of his Rolls Royce.
Sporting his rolex watch he extends his hand and initiates a brief conversation with the primary desire of making an impression.
It's very apparent and impossible to misread his intentions;
Extending his arm to give a broad sweep to his air-brushed landscape he asserts that it's all "his" and he waits for me to respond.
Hmmm ...
Yes, but do you possess good comprehensive skills? I wonder.
What books are you reading and what thoughts are you thinking?
Have you something to contribute of substance to me today?

I don't say any of these things but my mind is thinking all of them.
"I like the look of the 'frosting' on the house; it's a nice finish.
Kind of the 'icing' on the cake," I say.
He looks at me quizically and an amused expression fills him as he looks at his house again and a piece of his "real" person emerges ... and he starts to laugh.
And it's good and I like it.
A little bit of "frosting" in the world of stucco is good ... and now I see beyond the frosting and I can pray.
Flavor someone's life with blessing today and be a little bit of frosting in it.
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"Labor not to be rich, cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven."
Proverbs 23:4-5