“Rats, Mice, and Other Things” Guest Post – Leslie Handler

Ever feel like you know someone because their life story feels so familiar? Leslie and I have never meet in person but became Facebook friends and formed a friendship based on a similar sense of humor and the joy of laughter. Today I’m thrilled to feature her as Guest Blogger and share her book with you.

Leslie Handler addresses the good, the bad and the sometimes silly in her book, Rats, Mice, And Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank, available on Amazon.“Rats, Mice, and Other Things” Guest Post by Leslie Handler

 Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank

Life happens. Such a simple concept but the absolute truth, and this is the message that first-time author Leslie Handler wants to share with her readers in her new book Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank: Inspirational Essays from the Humorous to the Simply Human.

Written with warmth and resiliency, this book guides the reader through life’s ups and downs as seen through the eyes and experiences of Handler.

“I have had more than my fair share of challenges in my life,” Handler noted. “I have always tried to show my kids that we all face challenges, but to truly have a good life, we must learn how to react and deal with those challenges. No matter how bad a hand we think we were dealt, there’s always someone out there worse off than we are.”

Take a sneak peek inside Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank.

Car Fairy, Tooth Fairy, Tool Fairy, Oh My!

Did you know that married men are followed by fairies everywhere they go? Take the car for instance. When it breaks down, the first thing my husband does is get out of the car and look under the hood. I can tell you as a matter of the utmost fact that he hasn’t got the first clue as to what he’s looking at, but nonetheless, he has to pop that hood and take a look inside.

Pop the Hood?

For the longest time I couldn’t understand it. I knew that he had no knowledge whatsoever about cars except where to put the gas, and even then, I had to remind him which side of the pump to pull up to. But now, I have finally figured it out. Popping the hood is the official male sign language for “please pull over and help before my wife finds out I’m clueless.”

This male only language works like a charm. Sure enough, within minutes, a strange single man will pull over, school my husband on the problem, and drive off into the sunset. My husband will then close the hood, get back in the car, and call AAA. When I dare to ask what the problem is, he responds by telling me that it of course, is the gasket, and the car will have to be towed. “Well what did that guy say that stopped?” I ask. ” Oh he just told me I was right.” So where’s the fairy you ask? Well she’s sitting in the passenger seat pretending she believes in his awesome car knowledge.

Where’s the Toilet Paper?

But that’s just the car fairy. Married men have other fairies too. There’s the toilet paper fairy, the one who always makes sure there’s a roll available when needed. There’s the cream fairy, who always makes sure there is enough cream in the fridge for coffee. My favorite is the tool fairy.

My sweet spouse has never been very handy around the house. We recently bought a new home and he’s been trying to be the fixit man all by himself. I must give him credit; he’s actually fixed a few things. It took him thirty-four years and three drills, however. You see, each time he would go to use the drill over the years, we didn’t have a tool fairy. So he never knew where the drill was, the charger for the drill, or the bits that go with the drill. Thus the next time he needed a drill, he went out and bought a new one. Well once I discovered drill #3 in the house, I found the tool fairy. She makes sure that the drill gets to go back in the little case where it lives after a fair day’s work. She’s actually one of my best finds ever. Now when my husband decides to get handy and asks me where his drill is, I can tell him with confidence that it’s in its case where it lives. Go tool fairy!

Where’s the Tooth Fairy?

As for me, I appreciate the fairies in the house. They’re so efficient, reliable, and cost effective. But somehow, they make me very tired. The more fairies my husband gets, the more tired I become. Perhaps this is why the tooth fairy hasn’t been around for a while. She was busy when our kids were little, but now that they’re all grown up, she’s taking a break. Thank goodness my husband doesn’t need her, at least not as long as his appointment fairy keeps making him dentist appointments.

You know, the tooth fairy is the only fairy who gets paid? I’ve gotta find out where she got her fairy degree because with mine, I have yet to get a pay check.


“Rats, Mice, and Other Things” Guest Post by Leslie HandlerLeslie Handler is a Society of Newspaper Columnists award winner. She’s an internationally syndicated columnist with Senior Wire News Service and a frequent contributor to WHYY and CityWide Stories. She freelances for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Purple Clover, ZestNow, and Boomercafe, as well as blogs for HuffPost. Her book, Rats, Mice, and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank, is available on Amazon and where other fine books are sold. Leslie currently lives smack dab between Philadelphia and New York City with husband Marty, dogs Maggie, Hazel, and Ginger, a collection of fish, said husband’s cockatoo who she’s been trying to roast for dinner for the last 33 years, and a few occasional uninvited guests.

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