Churchyard Chick, in her zig-zag ramblings, sometimes “overhears” things. I wouldn’t necessarily say she eavesdrops; that would be rude, which is so unlike her. It’s just that she stays “tuned in” just in case some interesting little kernel should come her way. Today, for example, the Fifth Friday Book Club conversation:
” . . . so that wraps up our discussion. Who has a recommendation for our next book?”
“I have one. It’s called The Gospel of Matthew. Everyone’s talking about it. In fact, it is the first of a series.”
“Well, give us a synopsis, and we’ll think about it.”
“Okay, it’s about this man Jesus . . . he is born of a virgin, and . . .”
“Wait! What did you say?”
“Yes, that’s right . . . born of a virgin. But wait till you hear the rest! He heals and teaches and feeds five thousand people with just five loaves and two fishes. He even walks on water! He becomes very popular, which totally upsets this group of religious leaders called the Pharisees, so they plot to kill him. He is betrayed by one of his own followers, and then, on a Friday they . . .”
“Wait! Don’t spoil it for us. This sounds like something we might want to put on our reading list.”
“Oh, good! I’m so excited. You just won’t even believe what happens! There’s such a surprise ending!”
Churchyard Chick smiles (in her heart of course). She has already read the entire series, and she knows that the “ending” is just the beginning!
She continues on her way, for she has eggs to boil.