Goobers and Raisinets
Raisinets and Goobers
Mighty fun to eat!
“How about some Goobers?” I asked my friends as I stood in line with them at the movies.
“Goobers! Sure! Let’s get some Raisinets, too!” After we got our tickets, we made our way to the concession stand. The smell of salty popcorn and chocolate assaulted our senses. I pulled a ten-dollar bill out of my pocket.
Goobers! Chocolate heaven! But the word goobers also means lovable goofballs. We stick out in a crowd cause, well, we’re just too nuts to miss.
I recently attended an action-packed writers’ conference in Portland. Butterflies in my stomach flipped and flopped with steel wings. I was the only person in the room with blue electrician’s tape holding broken eyeglasses together.
I’ll get a cup of tea. That’ll settle my nerves. Maybe I can threaten the butterflies by pouring scalding water on them. I set the glasses down on the table and carelessly dropped a my used tea bag on top of them. (The glasses, not the butterflies.)
Then the emcee announced that Paul Young, author of The Shack, was about to speak. I don’t want to miss this guy! I grabbed the glasses and wobbily hooked them over my ears. To my chagrin, the tea bag dangled from the corner of the frames. Now my nerd-face glasses sported a tea bag. Yikes!
Later that afternoon, I met with an agent who took pity on this poor writer and made some good sounds over my book pitch. At the end of the brief meeting, I stood and thanked her. The pages I brought to present leapt from my hands (don’t blame them for making a break for it) and fell at my feet, scattering across the tiled cafeteria floor. Sheepishly, I bent over and picked them up. The agent left to get a cup of coffee.
When we’re total goobers, I used to figure Jesus was laughing at us. Who wouldn’t? But now I’m beginning to understand that He loves us and laughs, not at our expense, but with us in the joy of the botched moment.
Next time my Home Boy Jesus and I go to the movies, think I’ll buy Him some Goobers. And a big box of Raisinets, too, just to be on the safe side.
Goobers and nerdettes,
Funny, funny dorks,
Nerdettes and goobers,
Mighty funny snorts.
(Lynn, don’t quit your day job.)
What’s your favo candy? What do you do that makes Jesus laugh?