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Coffee BreakMadge Cramp doesn't know why or how August got here so quickly this year.

Actually, the last 10 or 12 years.

"It seems like summer just started and now it's almost over!" she shrieked.

Madge has been a bookkeeper here at Spirit Services for 35 years. And, yes, she's prone to shrieking.

Madge was on her coffee break Monday when she realized that her life is a bit further along than she thought.

"By this time next week we'll probably have a foot of snow on the ground!" she complained.

Then Timmy Flick piped up. "July was a few weeks shorter this year!" he said.

Timmy's the new mail room boy. He was kicked in the head by a horse when he was eleven.

"What?" shouted Madge. "That's ridiculous!"

"Yeah, I heard some folks talkin' about it on the bus this morning. Somethin' about the sun spinnin' faster last month."

Unfortunately, we had already thrown away the July page of our office calendar, so there was no way to check if the month was actually shorter. But we have a hunch it wasn't.

"Well, I'm just sure I don't know what's going on anymore," sighed Madge. "I'm just sure of it!"

"I know what you mean, Miss Cramp. Most days, I'll be sortin' mail and delivering packages and helping some of the fellas load their trucks and sweepin' the floors and, before I know it, it's time to get cleaned up and go home already. The day just flies by."

The break room got quiet.

Madge looked at Timmy. He had about a quarter's worth of dirt on his cheek, but he was smiling from ear to ear, that way he always seems to be doing.

"Say, maybe your feelin' is a good thing, Miss Cramp," Timmy thought. "Maybe it's sort of a reminder that we should enjoy every day that we get. And, ya' know, pay more attention to all the good stuff."

Madge took her final sip of coffee and slowly got up from the table.

She walked over to Timmy and brushed the hair away from that horseshoe-shaped dent in his forehead.

"My, it sure is a beautiful day today, isn't it?" she asked.

"Yes, ma'am. Sure is," Timmy smiled.



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