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Do Nice Gestures Make Up For Mean Thoughts?

I know I sound like a jerk when I say this, but Margaret is dumb.

She’s that person who asks you for directions, but never writes them down, insisting that she’ll remember them and then calls you in a panic when she can’t find your house…even though she’s been there a dozen times.

Maybe she’s had a stroke that I’ve never heard about or was in some terrible accident that damaged her brain. No. Really. If I found out that she’d been lobotomized as a young girl…well, that would explain a lot.

I hate it when Margaret shows up to book club. She never reads the right chapter or, on occasion, even the right book. But, that doesn’t stop her from asking endless questions about what happened in each book, because she can’t be bothered to finish any text. She appears startled every time someone suggests that she actually read the book that is up for discussion. And by every time I mean EVERY ding dang time.

This evening, I packed a bunch of my knitted hats into my book bag. I was hoping to get some last minute holiday sales from my fellow book worms who are fans of my needle work.

Then I left them, by accident, in my trunk.

My own personal dumbness made me slightly more tolerant of Margaret during the book club meeting, even though she fell asleep for about ten minutes, woke up with a start, and proceeded to ask the exact same question that someone else had asked during her nap.

I was on my way out the door when Margaret walked up to me. She usually accosts me on the way out the door, generally with a question about what I thought of x, y, or z. She usually tries to argue some point that I made during the meeting, even though she didn’t read book.

“I’m collecting hats and scarves for children who are going through chemotherapy,” she said. “Would you make one for charity? Their bald heads get cold easy.”

Margaret, who makes me crazy with her dumbness, is collecting knitted hats for children with cancer. I stand there with my mouth agape as I try and gather up the pieces of my blown mind.

Then I give her my three softest hats.

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