Best-Laid Plans

Ups and Downs on the Long Road

By Les Tanner

Take a look at this,” Randy said, taking out his phone and scrolling through its contents until he came to the frame he wanted.

He turned the phone to me so I could see.

It was a photo of a butterfly, a rather common one around Idaho, including where we were, in Blackfoot.

I said as much, but Randy’s response was, “Look a little closer.”

I did, and then I looked again.

“Wow!” I exclaimed. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.” 

Because what I was seeing was…

Okay, I try to be dramatic at times, but this was really one of those cases in which I was truly surprised and perplexed.

In any case, I came to be looking at Randy’s photo because our daughter, Michelle, who lives in North Dakota, would be celebrating her birthday on June 4. Our son, Michael, who lives in the Chicago area, and I had decided we would both drive up to North Dakota to help Michelle celebrate, making the occasion a mini-family reunion as well.

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Les Tanner

About Les Tanner

Les Tanner is shown here with his late wife, Ruby, to whom he was married for more than sixty years, and who also was on the staff of IDAHO magazine. When Les, a retired teacher, isn’t working on the magazine's calendar, proofreading, fishing, writing, playing pickleball, or pulling weeds, he’s out looking for Jimmy the cat.

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