Dear Readers:

For the five Mondays in March I’m going to post funny stories from my next book, My Favorite Senior Moments: From the Funny Side of the Street, to be published by Harvest House on March 15 in both paperback and digital formats. Here’s a photo of the cover. See below for the first story.

My Favorite Senior Moments

Ruth Who?


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Larry bought a new painting for the wall in the master bedroom—a surprise for his wife Midge and a little nudge in the direction of romance. He chose an artistic rendering of a nude woman reclining on a bed. The colors were just right for the room’s décor and the choice of subject matter was entirely his own, for a place that was his and his wife’s private habitat. No one else was allowed in––until one day at lunch when the couple’s four-year-old granddaughter Erica was visiting. Suddenly she put down her soup spoon and piped up, “Grandpa, who’s that woman in the picture?”

Larry looked at the calendar on the wall next to the fridge. “I don’t know her name. She’s probably a model for the flower seed company that made the calendar.”

“Not that one, Grandpa,” said Erica. “I mean the one in your bedroom. Grandma, did you see it? The lady isn’t wearing any clothes.”

Larry squirmed and reached for his coffee. “What were you doing in our bedroom?” he asked.

“Just lookin’ around. I like to try on Grandma’s jewelry.” She wrinkled her brow and turned to her grandmother Midge. “Is it a picture of you when you were young and pretty?”

Midge choked on her coffee. “Hmmm. A picture on the wall of our bedroom? Something new, I guess. No, it’s not me, honey.”

Larry noticed Midge giving him her infamous look––and handing him the last word, as well. He glanced at Erica. “The woman’s name is Ruth,” he muttered, “like the woman in the Bible.”

“Do you mean Ruth or consequences?”

Midge stifled a laugh.

“Something like that.” Larry took Erica by the hand. “How about a game of Candyland?” he asked.

“An excellent idea,” said Midge. “Meanwhile I’ll look in on Ruth.”



Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.

~ Proverbs 31:29





Something New For March — 9 Comments

  1. So cute, Karen. Kids STILL say the darndest things! I just received my copy of MY FAVORITE SENIOR MOMENTS and thank you so much. I look forward to reading and enjoying it. Much love, Carol

    • Thanks, Carol, for your comment and for your wonderful support and friendship over the years we’ve known each other.

  2. So cute and innocent! A friend of mine had a nude woman’s picture hanging in her laundry room~which did not really seem obscene but was just a pretty picture. ( so she told me~I never did see it).One of her granddaughters saw it and told her grandmother right quick that she should take it down because it was NOT nice!
    I will be looking forward for more humorous stories.
    Love and blessings to you and Charles.

    • Thanks, Margaret. The story your friend shared about the ‘pretty picture’ is really cute. Made me smile.

    • Thanks, Kristi. I agree that out of the mouths of babes–and oldsters too!

  3. Dear Karen, thanks for the lovely and cute story. That’s why I love teaching kids. Their innocent minds challenge profound maturity. And their perceptions are so precious and enriching! Jing

    • Jing, you are so right. Hanging out with kids brings as many lessons, or more, than sitting in a classroom.

  4. The innocence of kids is easily misdirected, huh Karen. It’s beautiful isn’t it – until they lose it. You could write a book, right? LOL. Keep me in the loop as per release date, k?

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