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I decided to call my mother. "Hi mom. I thought I would give you a quick call."
"How sweet. You took time to call your mother."
"No. No. I didn't take anything," I protested.
"Oh yes you did. You even took my advice to call more often. And you took account of your mother's happiness. And you took ... Hello? Hello?"
I just could not take any more. I scrambled out door, receiver still dangling from table.
I had to take off. No, that would just keep me from sleeping. I saw my neighbor. Surely I could give him a hand.
"Sorry. Today I'm just relaxing." He studied stress etched upon my face. "You look like you should take a break, too."
"No, I can't take a break. Takers don't sleep well at night."
"Well, at least you're taking a stand on something."
"I am NOT taking a stand," I protested. I was beginning to feel like a career protester.
"Take it easy, fellow."
Yikes! My neighbor was making me into a champion taker. I darted back toward my house.
"Take care," my neighbor called after me.
"Noooooooooo" I screamed with my hands over my ears.
Crouched in safety of my favorite closet, I tallied up day. I gave advice, a compliment and my opinion. I took it back, my silly opinions, time, my mother's advice and account of my mother's happiness, off, a break, a stand, it easy and care. I gave three times and took ten times.
No wonder I wasn't sleeping well at night. I was truly a taker. There was nothing left to do but to take a sleeping pill. That should give me at least five hours of sleep, give or take a few.
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