She promised. My sister-in-law Sally has the best refrigerator ever. Inside, it's always full of good food as Sally is a great cook and a wonderful hostess. The outside is covered, every inch of it, with pictures; pictures of relatives and friends, new photos and old. Everybody I know and plenty of folks I don't know have their face on Sally's refrigerator. That is, everybody except me. At Christmas, I asked Sally the reason for my exclusion from her Wall of Fame. Her reply was that the picture I send each year with my mission trip informational letter was the same shot, me holding a little girl in Honduras who just received her first pair of shoes. So, last month, when I sent out my family letter about my Vietnam mission in July-August, I included a picture of myself and two Chinese little girls from my work in Asia last summer, complete with a quotation from Jesus, as seen above. On Monday, I called Dave about an unrelated topic and since I had him on the phone, I asked him to take a look at the refrigerator. Guess what? STILL NO STEVE! I'm not saying I was fighting back tears when I hung up but basketball coaches have known to walk an emotional tight rope. Let's just say I'm hanging on.
You know, I think I am a pretty good brother-in-law and brother as well as uncle to Sally and Dave's three kids. I also don't think I'm arrogant- I'm not demanding a prominent placement on the appliance. Believe me, I would be overjoyed to be magneted to an inconspicuous corner or even plastered right above floor level. I just want inclusion. Years ago, the rock group Dr. Hook composed Cover Of The Rolling Stone, lamenting their never being featured on the best known musical magazine. It worked for them and they graced the cover shortly thereafter. Maybe my ploy will pay off as well. If you want to come to the aid of a disheartened brother-in-law, please leave a comment and I will forward them to the stunningly beautiful wife of my brother. Maybe you can help me swing the tide. Sally, can you hear me?
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*The refrigerator picture was borrowed from http://www.goldcountrygirls.blogspot.com/