Short Story

The Muffin Lady

A childhood story from
Lynette Jenjen Douglass

THE MUFFIN LADY

The years between four and seven were some of my favorite years of growing up!

We lived in a neighborhood of middle-aged and elderly people. I had another pair of grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa Hoppie, and there was another aunt, my favorite person in all the world, Aunt Lizzie!

I really liked Lizzie because she not only made the most delicious muffins, and she had a black and white cat named Buster. She also let me help her do things, like make muffins and work in her backyard.

There was one day that I spent with her that is never to forget. Summer had just begun and all the flowers were beginning to bloom. There were daffodils. purple crocuses and tulips, alongside a bunch of weeds. This was the day I learned what weeds looked like and why my dad pulled them up and threw them in the garbage! These were ugly looking and from that day on, I was more than eager to help in Lizzie’s as well as our home garden!

Most importantly, I discovered the joy of being needed and able to actually do something constructive. I felt really important that day and proud to be able to do something that needed to be done!

After we pulled most of the weeds in Lizzie’s backyard, she rewarded me with a plate of her yummiest muffins, applesauce and pecans. They tasted so good with a glass of cold milk and it was definitely time for a nap!

I lay on her soft couch and she put a blanket over me! Her soft and perry black cat crawled beside me and I will forever treasure the fresh scent of green grass, the wonderful smell of fresh flowers, the taste of Lizzie’s applesauce muffins, and the warmth and purring of a loving black cat!

Poetry

A poem and a song

Simply Believe (short version)
by Lynette Douglass

Chorus
This is the day that the Lord has created
Simply believe and be glad for NOW!

The spirit of love divine
Lives in us all
Amid the coronavirus
It sheds a bright light!
A light that can brighten
The darkest of days
Like a candle on a winter’s night
It never dims!

This is the day that the Lord has created
Simply believe and be glad for now!

All you need is a voice
The presence of a friend
To walk right beside you
Till the very end
It only takes a call
Computer or phone
We are in this together
No one’s alone!

This is the day that the Lord has created
Simply believe and be glad for now!

All we have is today
The here and the now
And friends to surround us

Our God lives in them
A God who cares for you
Matters not who you are
Just reach for the light in you
And simply believe!

This is the day that the Lord has created
Simply believe and be glad for now
Simply believe and be glad for now!