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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: Weird or Wonderful
By Sarah Dirk
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With a grunt, Ila reached over and flipped the radio switch off. She had heard enough commercials in her life to tune them out, but sometimes they really bothered her. Each advertisement was sure that they offered the best.
“Mama?” Josh, her six year old son, sat on the floor and was looking at her with a peculiar look. “What does exotic mean?”
Ila drummed her fingers on the counter for a moment, before returning to grating the cheese. “I think it means unique. Unusual, maybe?”
Not thinking twice about the conversation, Ila covered the casserole with tin-foil and slid it into the oven. Thirty minutes until it was done, and by then Roger would be home. She had timed it perfectly!
“Julie! Give me that toy! He is mine.”
Ila winced. The twins were arguing again. With a sigh, she walked over to the kitchen door, and folded her arms.
“I'm not giving you my doll,” Julie spat at Josh, “She doesn't want to be played with by such a boring person.”
“Ya, well, at least I am not exotic!”
Ila frowned, confused.
Julie puckered her lip. “What's exotic mean?”
“Weird. Now give me my action figure!”
“I am not weird! Mom!”
Ila fought a smile, “Okay you two. Break it up. Who's toy is it?”
With a shake of her head, Ila took the doll. “I guess it is off grounds for both of you right now. And Josh... I never said exotic means weird.”
“You said it meant unusual.” Josh pouted, “That is the same thing.”
“No, son. Exotic has a beauty behind it. Weird doesn't always.”
Ila slipped back into the kitchen and checked the casserole. Coming along. Sitting down at the table, she reached for the kids homework.
“Is God unique?”
“'Cause there is none like Him, right?”
“Uh-huh.” She flipped a page and marked a red x.
The front door slammed open. “I'm home!”
“Daddy!” Josh barrelled to the front door, and Ila followed with a grin.
“Daddy, guess what I learned today.”
“What's that, Squirt?” Roger leaned over his son to give his wife a kiss.
“God is exotic!”
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