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I Have a Funny Story to Tell You
July 9, 2022

It was a Wednesday evening. BF and I were walking home from having dinner at La Trattoria. We waved to our new-ish neighbors who were sitting out on their front porch. We had met Terry and Judy a couple of times but decided to drop our leftover angel hair pasta with Vodka Sauce in the fridge and hop over for a visit. Get better acquainted. 

As nice people do, they invited us in for a chat. Maybe a half hour into our conversation, I was presented with two of the seven children’s books Terry has authored. I began to thumb through the books.

Wait. A. Minute. 

I said, “I have read this book!” 

As you can see, Terry’s characters are unforgettable. I sat for a second frantically searching all those file cabinets I keep in my head. Where? When? With whom?

Turns out, during our visit to Phoenix last December, Granddaughter Adi and I had checked out Scaredy Snacks from the library. She, not yet four years old, had chosen it. I remember reading it to her in my hotel room and wondering if she understood the implication that these cute little snack characters had eaten their friend. Cannibals.

Intrigued, I read the author bio on the book jacket. The guy was from Indianapolis.

When I returned Adi and her bag of library books to her parents, I told Son Michael, “You have to read this book to Adi, you’re gonna love this guy’s sense of humor.”

When we returned home that Wednesday evening, I excitedly texted the kids on our family thread that my new-ish neighbor was the author of Scaredy Snacks.

Turns out back in December, Michael had reached out to Terry on Instagram, complimenting him on writing a children’s book that a dad could enjoy, as Adi had included it in her nightly rotation of bedtime stories. 

And if you’re wondering, of course Adi understood these naughty snackers had eaten their friend. And she thought it was hilarious!

And if you’re wondering, my neighbor is kind of a big deal.

And to my West Old Town Greenwood community, do not be alarmed, I will keep a close watch on any suspicious snack activity I might see or hear coming from next door.

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  1. So neat!

  2. ? What a fun story and possibly not a coincidence. I see you writing a book soon, or have you already written a book? ? Now you may have the perfect neighbor to gain some insight. ? ??


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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

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