Raining Silver Dollars

Back in the days when football coaches also taught classes, the senior high varsity football coach, Coach Tyree, also taught eighth grade Algebra. Now I don’t put coach in the category as the “most memorable teacher” I ever had. Nor was he “the teacher who most influenced.” But, I do remember his gruff voice, how he would get frustrated when basic algebra didn’t sink in to his students, and for his sayings. The most memorable being, “Hubbell, if it were raining silver dollars, your barrel would be upside down.” It has stuck with me, as well as the memory of “rain barrels” at the end of every gutter of my grandmother’s house. I bet many of my readers don’t know what I’m talking about.

I read recently a similar wise saying. “Some people are living in pint pots, with the covers down.” Coach Tyree and my recent reading remind me that until we are free of anxiety regarding any matter, we are not the master of it. I must be open to new experiences, new approaches, and new ideas if I’m to develop. My life, like Coach Tyree’s barrel, must be ready to receive whatever may fall. Where are you living, is your barrel right side up?

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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