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Personal blog of christian writer Katy McKenna Raymond in Kansas City, Missouri

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Katy McKenna Raymond
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They Got Some Crazy Little Scriptures There, And I’m Gonna Get Me One!

I’m awash in paper, people.

It hasn’t been too long ago that I took on solving the Medicare Part D puzzle on behalf of my mother. If you can believe it, her former out-of-pocket cost for her prescription medications was $1500 per month—more than her total income. Now, thanks to moi, she’s only forking over $300. Of course, the taxpayers—and believe me, I am personally and painfully aware of this—are shelling out the other $1200 for her, and about that I have VERY mixed feelings.

But taxes are a subject for another day, namely, next Monday. Today’s topic is the never ending plethora of college brochures and application forms which has become such a long-term part of my existence that I truly don’t remember what I ever did before.

Look, folks, I’ve got so few college credits under my own one-size-too-big belt that it’s still debatable whether or not I’ll ever actually be a sophomore. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know my way around the essay portion and can’t take my turn on the FAFSA dancefloor with the best of you!

Kev’s getting his associate’s degree in a few weeks, and then onward and upward for him. He’s applying to maybe eight different schools and I guess you could say I’ve volunteered to be “involved.” He’s my baby, you understand, and how would I feel if I looked back on this last paper-intensive foray into his educational future and realized I didn’t help at all?

I’d feel just FINE, thank you. But I’ve still volunteered to pitch in, at least with copious amounts of what we shall euphemistically call “encouragement.”

“Kev, you’ve really got to get on this, you know…”

“I am, Mom.”

“Because time’s a wastin’...”

“I know, Mom.”

“We’re leaving in just two weeks for the old country, and I want all the applications to be in the mail by then.”

“Yeah, OK…”

“And don’t just apply to those fancy Swiss schools, Kevin.”

“I’m not—”

“Because maybe you should go to a school here and do a semester in Europe instead…”


“So make sure you ask all the schools upfront for their semester abroad info—”

“I am.”

“Cause you know what the Bible says, don’t you?”


“Cast your bread upon the waters, and…”

“And what?”

“And, umm…I think…something like…”

“What are you trying to say, Mom?”

“Cast your bread upon the waters, and after many days it will…”


“It will come back to you. Yeah…that’s it.”

“But, Mom, won’t the bread be—?”

“Yes, IT WILL BE SOGGY! When your bread returns to you after many days, it will be SOGGY! So what’s your point, Kevin?”

“Mom, are you OK?”

These are the times that try Moms’ souls.

Posted by Katy on 04/13/06 at 07:43 AM
Fallible Comments...
  1. Oh my you brought back memories. I am smiling because motherhood is universal and all your words are words like the bread I once cast upon the waters and yes, they do come up rather soggy.
    Posted by Maria  on  04/13/06  at  02:45 PM
  2. I love the way you write up conversations; for you, two quotes:

    "James James
    Morrison Morrison
    Weatherby George Dupree
    Took great
    Care of his Mother,
    Though he was only three.
    James James
    Said to his Mother,
    "Mother," he said, said he;
    "You must never go down to the end of the town, if you don't go down with me."
    - A. A. Milne

    "My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
    - Mark Twain
    Posted by Daniel  on  04/13/06  at  03:33 PM
  3. My goodness Katy, if I can get my associate’s degree, after many long years out of school, I have every confidence in your success. In fact, I believe that fallible.com should cover Comp I and II and any Sociology course of your choice. FAFSA is something I haven’t tackled yet for myself and this next year it’s Stephen’s turn to be the college student in the making. I’ll have my associate’s degree in a few weeks also and am taking a year off of part-time school to concentrate on the part-time work, full-time wife/mom thing. Honestly, it’s mostly that I couldn’t get my brain wrapped around the whole admissions process for myself and didn’t want to freak out the kid just beginning the process. :)
    Taxes – wow, that is another day. I’m very much like Scarlett. “I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow. “
    Posted by Anne  on  04/13/06  at  06:58 PM
  4. ok, that story made me laugh out loud... literally. i so enjoy reading your humorsome stories. thank you.
    Posted by joshua  on  04/15/06  at  06:53 AM
  5. Maria--Mothers do have a way with words, don't we?? :) The one line I remember my mother saying when we were kids was, "I'm not dirt under your feet! I'm your MOTHER!" The word "mother" was usually shrieked. Yeah. It was kind of like that!

    Daniel--Oh, I do love your quotes! I'll tell you what: I have enjoyed every second of the trouble I've had with my kids. I wouldn't trade a bit of it for any other life.

    Anne--Major congrats! I am so thrilled for you! What degree do you intend to pursue? I'm afraid I'm on the one-semester-every-thirteen-years track. However, I SHINE for that semester!

    Joshua--I'm so glad you checked in! It reminded me to go catch up with your life. (You have built a beautiful fence, from the looks of it.) I may see my Kevin today, and I will see him tomorrow. I'll keep my eyes and ears open for more blog fodder! :)
    Posted by Katy  on  04/15/06  at  08:58 AM
  6. Once a mother, always a mother. Once a child, always a child. You're wedged between mom and son. (The cheese or the bologna?) This "sandwich" post is a classic.

    LOVE your wit, Katy.
    Posted by Macromoments  on  04/15/06  at  09:44 AM
  7. Macro Bonnie--Yeah, um...the cheese or the bologna. I'm afraid that really IS the question. My kids (and my mom) would say that when I'm not being cheesy, I'm full of...yeah. :) Happy Easter to you!
    Posted by Katy  on  04/15/06  at  09:25 PM
  8. I love this. Made me think of what my daughter is now going through with her son who is a JR in HS. Lots of colleges looking at him for football. But, she keeps saying, 'but son, you must make the grade in studies, too, in order to get that scholarship.' And, it's "Ah, Mom, I know."
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  23. tax paying always killing us from behind. It sucks away our money as well as cut our throat. I wonder when government will give some subsidy in tax.
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  24. Well, kids nowadays are sometimes smarter that us, don't you think. Let's take them to God and let them know Him. That way, they will become great generations.
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