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Fencing May be an Option


By Ellie Behman

“Back away slowly and no one will get hurt”, I sneered. I have been mocked for keeping a knife that appears to be the length of a saber fit for a fencing match. (I embellished a bit here.) It has a narrow 8 inch blade and it slices everything from bread to partially frozen meat. I find it interesting that I can stand at the sink and pick out the eye of a gnat at 40 paces with the point of my knife, never missing a beat in my slicing and dicing.  

Some would say I have an unnatural attachment to inanimate objects but it’s my guess that most women, as well as men, have their favorite tools to work with.  

I’m sure by this time the reader is thinking I have too much time on my hands and an overactive imagination. Well, maybe I do but the truth of the matter is, I don’t like to get rid of anything that I have become comfortable with for many years.  Good news for my hubby, Ron.  

I believe I just thought of a new use for my favorite knife. I refer to an incident that occurred recently. I had prepared cabbage rolls for our dinner the next day. I didn’t add any liquid as I usually do that prior to baking. I asked Ron to turn on the oven when he got up so I could wake a little later and do the finishing touches. Well, being a kind man, he did exactly that and when I awoke, the oven was quite hot. I looked for the cabbage rolls in the fridge and didn’t see them. To my utter surprise, Ron put them in the oven and they had been in there for hours. I hesitantly lifted the lid and there, staring back at me, were about a dozen or so charcoal blackened rolls. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. I had only asked him to turn the oven on but he insisted I told him to put the rolls in to bake. Hearing is a big problem in this house.

Back to the knife.  In the future, when we have a difference of opinion or a disagreement,fencing may be an option. I knew there was a reason I held onto that old knife. En garde, Ron!

Ellie, a freelance writer for more than 40 years, has written more than 400 articles. She and her  husband spend as much time as possible at their cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where she accomplishes the majority of her writing, as it is the perfect, quiet setting for a writer.


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