Maggie Moments

by Jeanette Levellie

My husband Kevin meets me at the door, his eyebrows in upside-down V formation. “Is everything okay, hon? You just went to mail one dinky package, and that was two hours ago.”

I throw my purse and myself onto the couch. “I had a Maggie moment,” I huff.  He shakes his head and grins.  A look of relaxed understanding replaces the V-formation.

 Maggie, bless her darling heart and ditzy head, is a crisis magnet. She’s the one member of our family we can count on to add glitter to the mundane. Every task turns into a screenplay for a feature film.

Take repairing a door that won’t lock.

“I think this door is cut wrong,” declares Maggie. “They just don’t make things right anymore. I’ll have to see who I can get to take it off the hinges and re-cut it. Lord knows I can’t afford a new door.”

Kevin and I look at the door, then the lock. We are allergic to tools, but we each have a smattering of left-brain cells. And if we collaborate, we sometimes manage to replace a worn-out part or fix a broken one.

Kevin tries the lock, then turns to Maggie. “All you need here is some WD-40. I have a can in the trunk. Be right back.”

He sprays hither and yon, wipes the door, then tries the lock again. Magic. “There you go, Maggie! Good as new. I’ll leave the can with you, so if this happens again, you can spray it yourself. Okay?”

But Maggie is unsatisfied. A solution that takes only two minutes can’t be right. She tries the key herself, jerking and tugging ‘til her forehead glistens. “I don’t know what you did to mess this up, Kevin. It’s worse than before. I can’t do a thing with it. I’ll just have to call that guy down the road who does carpentry work. I wish things were simple, like they used to be.”

We wonder if anything in Maggie’s life was ever simple. But next time we visit, her grin is wider than a melon slice as she shows us her new lock.

“After he cut the door, he realized he’d chopped too much off, so he had to put this weather-stripping on the bottom to keep the wind out. He attached the lock down here, where it bolts directly into the floor. I practically have to stand on my head to lock it, but at least it’s secure now. And he only charged me $150!”

We shrug, congratulate Maggie, and Kevin pockets his WD-40. At least Maggie is happy with her new lock. It will give her something to talk about until the next crisis arrives.

We’ve tried to analyze why Maggie thrives on trouble above her fellows. We can change a toilet valve, replace a garbage disposal, or patch a garden hose, and run into glitches that annoy us to Mars and back. Yet, we only manage to get a tenth of the emotional surge from our episodes that Maggie receives.  We still haven’t figured out why her predicaments are superior to ours.

But, hey, maybe you can you help us. I see by your knowing smile that you have a Maggie in your family, too.


A spunky, sometimes reluctant pastor’s wife of more than thirty years, Jeanette Levellie has published stories in Guideposts anthologies, articles in Christian and secular magazines, greeting card verses, and calendar poems.  Her bi-weekly humor/inspirational column, God is Bigger, has been a popular feature in her local newspaper since 2001. She writes twice a week for her devotional/humor blog at http://jeanettelevellie.blogspot.com. Jeanette also enjoys speaking to church and civic groups, offering mirth and worth in every message. She and her husband Kevin live in Paris, IL. She is the mother of two, grandmother of three, and servant to several cats.


  1. Great story and thanks for sharing!

    we had some boy trouble in our days and i am sad to say i was the Drama Queen...


  2. Oh dear. I think maybe I should check myself for Maggieness! Great post!

  3. Leontien: Yes, I just came from your blog, and you did provide some drama that night!

    Carole: Uh-oh, you too, huh?

  4. Yes, we do. Several, as a matter of fact. Makes things interesting! :)

  5. "Her grin is wider than a melon slice." I love this line, Jen! Cracks me up.

    The Mister is so glad I'm not too Maggie-ish. It would plumb wear him out. As it is, he rolls his eyes sometimes at my colorful emotions. I say, "At least you're not bored," and he says, "I'd like to be for once."

    Great post!

  6. I used to be a Maggie, and I still have my moments, but I've been replaced by my SIL and his entire family. With them, everything is urgent and everything is a crisis. It's exhausting!

  7. Some people seem to thrive on "one-up-man-ship" no matter what form it takes! My problem is bigger than your problem; my life is more complicated than your life, etc. I don't think we have any Maggies in our immediate family but I can think of a couple in our church family. LOL.

  8. Yep, I know an army of Maggies. They give me optical problems - I keep rolling my eyes!

  9. We do have a Maggie in our lives, but we don't see her very often. She's a great, warm-hearted girl, but, no offense to your Maggie, we can only take so much of her at one time! I think it's more because of us than because of her. My husband and I are both very...well...boring. Not to us, but I'm sure to most people in the modernized world, we would be considered boring. We'd rather stay in any evening than go out. We enjoy entire weekends on the beach - my husband trying to catch fish for dinner and me going through book after book. On weekends we have no plans and no Little One, we can go through an entire season of the Sopranos.

    Yup...boring...us. We could probably use a little more Maggie in our lives!

  10. My granddaughter is a Drama Queen. When she got a flu shot, she wore her arm in a sling for five hours. If she gets a paper cut, she practically wraps her hand in ace bandages. Well at least there's never a dull momemt.

  11. Not only do I know several Maggies, I know a few Magmen as well. Great post!

  12. I used to work with a "Maggie". Nothing she did was normal. She once told me she had had a disease. The way she carried on I thought she had just found out two minutes before. But if it was someone else having problems, she just brushed it off.


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