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August 14, 2006

Heard In Passing

My back yard abuts those of two others on the street parallel to mine and my neighbors are two elderly ladies who have been friends since they were schoolgirls. Through the years, they shared all kinds of activities and adventures, but these days, their activities are limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards in the shade of the big ol' maple tree which sits on their property line.

I was unclogging the pond pump yesterday morning and, sure enough, they were playing cards. I was going to give them the usual friendly wave "hello" when I saw one look at the other and say, "Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but your name has completely slipped my mind! I've thought and thought, but I just can't remember it! Please--tell me your name..."

Her friend just glared at her for at least three minutes.

Then she said, "How soon do you need to know?"