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One short story about two tall stories

A Word to the Wise
By: Tom Rupp
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Name that tune — “When this old world starts getting me down, and people are just too much for me to face.” If you said “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters, you are correct. Although this old world certainly is getting me down and sometimes people truly are too much to take, last week I got up on the roof for a different reason. Our gutters were full of leaves, so in anticipation of even more falling autumn leaves it was time to clean them out. I am not afraid of much of anything, but as the years pass I am becoming more afraid of heights. Or, as one of my buddies said, “You’re not afraid of heights. You’re afraid of falling.” So I gingerly climbed the ladder and made my way to the roof. I brought a cell phone with me just in case. You never know. Well, that was the problem. I laid it on the roof — the angled roof. It began to slide and I began to scramble after it like a sandcrab. There it went, down, down. But it didn’t slide off the roof to crash into the yard below. No, it went into the gutter. More accurately, it plopped into the gutter — the gutter full of water. It was full of water because I was trying to wash out the gutter. Feverishly I plunged my hand into the water, searching for the phone. I retrieved the phone and it still works. A little boy walking by with his mom, said, “Hey Mom, what’s Santa Claus doing here in August?” OK, maybe that didn’t really happen, but it certainly could have. Well, it was time to come down. And therein lies the problem. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t swing my leg around. So I sat there for a while. “On the roof it’s peaceful as can be, and there the world below can’t bother me.” Finally the world above started bothering me. Fear is a powerful, sometimes legitimate, thing. Former Green Bay Packer Max McGee died falling off his roof as he blew leaves off of it. I came inside and posted a line about it on Facebook and got 20 responses. I could have used one of my Facebook friends at the base of the ladder. Tom Rupp is a Bible Teacher at Capital Bible College. He can be reached at truppfolsom@yahoo.com or through his blog at thomaswrupp.blogspot.-com.