When I arrived home tonight I saw that the wise men had been quite busy. Bags were packed and by the door. They were so intent on peering at this map that they didn't even notice my entrance.
Wiseman #2: Oh hello, dear landlady. We are planning out our itinerary for our arrival in Paris.
Me: Really? You are going to Paris? When?
Wiseman #3: We leave tonight.
Me: What? Let me see the invitation.
Wiseman #1: Well, that would be difficult as we told a wee lie to your dog Lucy.
Wiseman #3: Yes, we apologize, but we could not wait for you to return so we told her there was a treat inside of the envelope for her. And knowing the high level of gullibility that your dog possesses, she jumped up onto our bed and ripped it open. Fortunately we were able to read the invitation before Lucy devoured it along with the envelope. You really should do something about that dog's lack of manners!
Me: Well, you set her up. Anyway, do I need to take you to the airport?
Wiseman #2: That won't be necessary as a limo is being sent for us.
Me: What? This is all too much to take in. And you all seem remarkably calm.
Wiseman #3: You forget, dear landlady, that we are seasoned travelers who have followed stars to a manger in a field outside an obscure village. Travel is in our blood.
Me: Then why are you studying that map so intently? Can't you just follow the stars in Paris?
Wiseman #1: Obviously you have not been to Paris of late. The city suffers from high levels of air particle pollution and it would be impossible to navigate by stars. Hence, the map!
Wiseman #2: Enough of this chit chat! We must get ready!
Me: Well, how will I know you are ok?
Wiseman #1: we will text you.
Me: Really? with no arms?
Wiseman #1: (icy stare)....cruelty is not becoming dear landlady.
Me: I know. I apologize. It's just that I'm going to miss you on Thanksgiving.
Wiseman #3: Knowing how attached you are to our royal-highness-ness, we left you a prayer and some selfies.
Me: Selfies? I really want to ask how you could possibly take a selfie but I know you will think it cruel so I'm just going to wish you safe journeys and bon voyage!
Evening Prayer 4.23.17, Second Sunday of Easter
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