Magazine article The Christian Century

The Newspaper Guy

Magazine article The Christian Century

The Newspaper Guy

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Four days a week the newspaper guy drives by at dawn or dawnish And flips the paper toward our house from the window of his Olds. It lands in a different spot every single time. This fascinates me no End. I mean, he's flipped it hundreds of times and not once that we Remember did it ever land in the same place twice. My lovely wife Is fascinated by how wide the range of landing sites is--the garden, The path, the rosemary bushes, the annual booming dandelion farm, Once the welcome mat by the door, once amazingly on the chair by The door--a spectacular shot, when you think about it. Twice I have Been unaccountably up early enough to see the thing done. He slows Infinitesimally from about twenty miles per hour to nineteen and out Flies the paper. He's an older guy, from what I can see. Probably this Is his second job, or he's retired and picking up a little cash. The day When the paper was delivered by a boy is gone. …

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