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Good to be reminded that what I have is plenty

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BY BETTY WILLIAMSON
Quay County Sun

TUCUMCARI — I was visiting with a new acquaintance recently in her lovely home in Portales.

During the afternoon, as we sipped ice water and munched on cookies she’d baked earlier in the day, she twice used a word that rarely makes it into conversations anymore.

In fact, I can’t think of the last time I’ve heard anyone use it.

It’s not a challenging or unusual word. It’s not even hard to spell.

It was this: Content.

I’m talking about the one with the accent on the second syllable; the one that my American Heritage Dictionary defines as, “Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.”

When this gracious woman welcomed me into her home, we walked past what turned out to be a 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that was mostly completed.

Picture puzzles came up in our visit.

She gestured to that one and mentioned that she loves to get a cup of coffee first thing in the morning when her house is quiet and the day is just waking up. She settles next to that puzzle and sips her coffee and fits in a few pieces.

“I just feel so content,” she said.


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