By Charles Towne

My dear, loving sister, Betty, AKA, The Snapping Turtle, when not down at the river eating snakes, toads, and rotten fish, was invariably thinking up ways to build my character.

I love raisins, always have, but there was that time when my sinisterly sweet sister gave me a nice handful of raisins. I, unaccustomed to her generosity, sat there in my mud puddle in a raisin induced state of euphoria, just munching away.

Awhile later she offered me some more raisins which I gladly accepted. Now you should know, in my defense that I was only five or six at the time, not in my teens as she likes to tell it. When she offered the raisin box to me I was sure I had been raptured, I mean, it couldn’t get any better than this!

I took the box, jammed my grubby little paw in, grabbed a handful, and shoving them into my mouth I began chewing. Chew, chew, chew, stop chewing.

Yuck! Up until that moment I had never heard of a rotten raisin.

My sweet, loving, sister stood there watching me with a wicked smile on her face as she asked, “What’s wrong?” “bad raisin!” I answered as I started spitting the nasty raisins out, trying to wipe my tongue off at the same time. She snickered an evil snapping turtle snicker as she asked, “Do you know where raisins come from?” I shook my head and answered, “A Raisin tree?” “no you silly thing.” She replied, follow me, and I will show you.”

And she led me out to the rabbit pens and pointed at all those little smart pills scattered under the cages, saying, “See, raisins.” As far as I can remember I never accepted another raisin from her.

Isn’t it wonderful that Papa God always gives us good gifts? Gifts like Jesus, born as an infant, crucified, raised from the dead, and soon to return, that we may have eternal life. And that my friend, aint no gift from any Easter bunny!


Live simply,
Love generously,
Trust God, and make a difference, today.

Charles Towne is a longtime Apopka resident, member of Insp!re Church and a published author.


  1. My older cousin showed them to me too, and called them Cocoa Puffs, LOL At least he didn’t get me on that one, as I was a Lucky Charms kind of girl. He had other sinister things he would tell me though. Playing out in the yard, he would find an occasional large white spider web across the bushes, and he would tell me, “you see that writing there in the middle?” I was very young, and wasn’t sure if it was writing, and I would ask him, if it was writing. He would tell me, “yes, of course, it is writing, can you read the writing?” I would say no, I don’t know how to read, and he would then say, ” the spider wrote your name, and if a spider writes your name in its web, that means you die!” LOL

  2. Mama Mia, I am not sure but maybe I was the fortunate one, at least I didn’t have night mares. Many blessings, Charles Towne

  3. There is one other thing that I want to tell everyone as a sort of public service message. Many of you out there have a cat and may have it either in your home, or in your yard, and lilies, especially Easter Lilies, Stargazer Lilies, and Asiatic Lilies, these which are the most deadly 3 toxic lilies to cats. If a cat nibbles on a leaf or petal from these lilies, or gets yellow pollen on its paws or nose and licks its feet and ingests it, or even if a cat drinks water from a vase that has cut lilies in it, it can cause your cat to have kidney failure and it can die. They say if you suspect that your cat ate some of these lily parts or drank water from a vase of cut lilies, get them to the vet immediately as it is a toxic poison to cats. Thought you all should know this, as I saw this fact, and I didn’t know this myself.


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