Sunday, April 23, 2006

On the Nines

With my back to our bedroom door, I didn’t see JD walk into the room, but I heard him. He sat on the bed and waited for me to look up from my editing. When I did, he said, I got you something before I leave for Las Vegas.

Ooooh, I love surprises.

JD slipped his hand into his back pocket and pulled out a small rectangular sheet of paper. With perforated sides. And a scratchable surface. No. Yes. Yes, he got me a lottery ticket! The paper read “9 9 9’s in a line”. Because I would never gamble without you, I thought we should take a quick gamble before I go, he said.

I ran my fingers over the line that read the maximum prize was $999. I silently said a quick prayer for the maximum prize because I wanted a new lens. Now, I know praying and gambling are like mixing oil and water, but, I prayed anyway.

The ticket—with its tic-tac-toe grid—stared at me and begged to be scratched, much like a dog. I scratched away. No way. No way. Three nines in a diagonal row. No way! I won…

Hmmm, which lens am I going to choose, I wondered. With $999.00, I can get some nice toys…namely, the wide-angle lens I’ve been coveting at Samy’s.

Jaz, JD said, you need to scratch off the prize value to see what you’ve won. Oh…yeah, I knew that, I said.

The prize box, after being scratched off with a nearby nickel, read: $6.00

I laughed heartily and JD placated me with a hug. While I won’t be seeing that wide-angle anytime soon, I have six bucks worth of a memories.


Blogger c r y s t a l said...

What a cute story! You'll get that wide angle lens before you know it!! :)

The images you posted below from the wedding are beautiful! I can see your growth, and it is so exciting to watch! I can't wait to see you again and give you a ginormous I'm-so-proud-of-you hug!!! :)

8:42 PM  
Blogger Eric McCarty said...

$6! Go ahead and buy a skylight filter for that lens.

8:38 AM  

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