Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

Peppermint Dust Giggles

A glorious Sunday morning in coastal South Carolina, filled with sunshine and cool temperatures. Waiting in the car while Alan closed the garage door so we could leave to go to church, I reached in my purse and found my small plastic bag of red and white peppermints. Just a small treat of peppermint would taste delicious. The soft ones are my favorites. The candy dissolves quickly while providing a nice mint taste. Also, great for when my stomach growls during church.

Only this time, the candy I pulled out of the bag was wrapped different. I opened the clear plastic wrapper and proceeded to put the mint to my lips. Right as the mint touched my mouth, the whole little treat broke apart into a burst of peppermint dust. Now, this would be fine except that I was wearing black pants and of course, the whole thing fell in my lap. Laughing, I stood up and began to try to wipe the dust. Not a good idea. The red and white peppermint dust spread all over my black pants, front and back. Part of the mint fell under my lap and when I moved out of the seat of the car, I smeared it on my clothing.

I could not stop laughing. Alan tried his best to help by “wiping” the back of me. What a sight that must have been!

By now, we were running behind and needed to get to church. Once we arrived at church, I asked Alan to check my backside.

“Well, it’s still there. I can see some of it.” He answered while standing in the church parking lot, once again trying to “clean” my pants. People drove their vehicles into the parking lot, parked and said “Good morning”. They probably had no idea what was happening. We continued to laugh.

Explaining the situation to a friend inside the building, she politely said, “Don’t worry. If anyone is looking that close at you, they need to step back.” Ha! Ha!

A silly situation caused us to have laughter and another funny story to share. God is great at giving us simple joys and many moments of laughter.

Have a blessed day and please be careful if you ever open those soft peppermints! You never know when the peppermint dust will find you and your pants.

Keep giggling and remember God loves you,


  • florencewitkop
    Posted at 15:41h, 26 November Reply

    Love your story because I love giggling.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 15:44h, 26 November Reply

      I love giggling, too. Have a wonderful day full of laughter! πŸ™‚

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 15:46h, 26 November Reply

    Isn’t it fun when something so simple can give us the giggles? πŸ™‚ I love the soft peppermints too, Melissa! Enjoy your day! <3

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 15:59h, 26 November Reply

      The soft peppermints are my favorite. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • readywriterbr
    Posted at 15:54h, 26 November Reply

    Love this, Melissa. I needed the laugh it brought this morning. Have a great day!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:00h, 26 November Reply

      I am happy to provide laughter. haha! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Cathe Swanson
    Posted at 16:00h, 26 November Reply

    You probably smelled good, too!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:03h, 26 November Reply

      Ha! Ha! Yes, now that you mention it, the car and my clothes smelled like peppermint. Love it! Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Lily Pierce
    Posted at 16:09h, 26 November Reply

    It’s great that you can laugh about the minor inconveniences of life instead of getting in a huff over it! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:37h, 26 November Reply

      I am still laughing about the whole peppermint situation. This morning, as I opened the jar of peppermints, I was reminded about the dust and I started laughing. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 16:34h, 26 November Reply

    If this were me and it caught me at the wrong time I’d have been in a complete flap about it, especially if I started panicking about being late to get somewhere. Being able to laugh at ourselves and inconveniences and brightly coloured sweet dust all over us is definitely the best way to deal with these sorts of things! Take it in your stride and with a smile on your face =]

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:38h, 26 November Reply

      Yes, there are times when laughter definitely helps lighten the stress. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Julie Loos
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing this story! When we embrace what’s happening even the frustrating and annoying, God can use it, can’t He?!?

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:48h, 26 November Reply

      I am thankful for all the funny experiences in my life. God provides joy through many ways. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Carol
    Posted at 16:50h, 26 November Reply

    I love those mints too. Cute story.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:19h, 26 November Reply

      “It’s Always A Story with The Henderson’s”. Family motto! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful, blessed day!

  • Anne Mackie Morelli
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 November Reply

    Melissa, sometimes we just have to laugh at life’s little mess ups! We all have them and as we do, we can either laugh at how silly we can be or let it frustrate us and ruin our day. Good for you to laugh and find the fun!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:21h, 26 November Reply

      I am thankful to be able to find the joy in the simple things in life. πŸ™‚ Even something as small as a peppermint can make me laugh. Have a blessed day!

  • Ava
    Posted at 17:22h, 26 November Reply

    A story set to put a smile on ypur face. Lovely!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 17:29h, 26 November Reply

      Thank you. I am still smiling about the whole incident. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Paul Zunker
    Posted at 20:53h, 26 November Reply

    Laughing at the mess ups is priceless! It really helps avoid shame over it. πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:48h, 26 November Reply

      So true! Laughing can change our whole perspective of a stressful situation. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 21:15h, 26 November Reply

    Thinking of the scene made me laugh with you. Loved how you handled the situation with joy instead of stress. Thanks for sharing

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:48h, 26 November Reply

      I washed those pants today and all the “peppermint dust” is gone now. haha! I am still laughing. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Christina
    Posted at 21:42h, 26 November Reply

    What a great disposition you have…I would not have giggled.

    I do love soft peppermints too and am so happy it’s peppermint ice cream season… My absolute favorite!!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 21:49h, 26 November Reply

      Yummy! Peppermint ice cream sounds delicious! πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • John Eli
    Posted at 22:41h, 26 November Reply

    You did make me giggle. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 23:24h, 26 November Reply

      I am happy to make people giggle. πŸ™‚ A giggle can brighten the day. Have a blessed day!

  • June Foster
    Posted at 22:44h, 26 November Reply

    Melissa, I love your sense of humor. I’d probably be stewing and groaning. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 23:21h, 26 November Reply

      I love finding things to laugh about. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Bettie G
    Posted at 00:44h, 27 November Reply

    Dear Melissa,
    Oh what a fun story! I imagine that you gave those ones who watched you something fun to laugh over also! My husband and I used to get into those same kinds of silly situations. Thank you for the sweet reminder, I really needed that tonight! Blessings to you!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 01:15h, 27 November Reply

      I am glad the story made you smile. Blessings to you, too, sweet friend. Have a blessed week!

  • Stephen De La Vega
    Posted at 01:54h, 27 November Reply

    Well, I can’t say that’s never happened to me or my wife before. Never with a peppermint, but for sure with other things, edible and not. I’m glad you could laugh about it. I don’t think we ever did, but I probably will when it happens again, thinking about my friend Mimi. 😊

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:52h, 27 November Reply

      You are so kind ! I truly believe God gives us simple things to laugh about each day. I am looking forward to my next round of laughter. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

  • Karen
    Posted at 03:14h, 27 November Reply

    I enjoyed your story, dear Mimi. Those soft peppermints are my favorites, too. I’m glad you warned me about the dust, though, in case one ever decides to explode on my lap, lol. I’m thankful to have a friend like you with a great sense of humor. Much love xoxo

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:53h, 27 November Reply

      I filled the candy dish with more soft peppermints. I also filled the bag in my purse. More chances for laughter. πŸ™‚ I am thankful for you dear friend. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚ xoxo

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 14:23h, 27 November Reply

    I’m sure you smelled very nice! Once my friend had a headache while we were in church, so I gave him some of my peppermint essential oil to rub on his temples. But it was so dark I couldn’t see if the oil was dropping in his hands, and he ended up with a puddle of of it! And we peppermint scented our entire section! And tried not to giggle through the service!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:48h, 27 November Reply

      Oh my! I bet the whole church smelled very nice and fresh. haha! I can imagine you all trying not to giggle. Thanks for sharing your story. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Emily Saxe | To Unearth
    Posted at 15:04h, 27 November Reply

    I just love when God gives us something to giggle about! It shows that He loves to laugh too!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 15:08h, 27 November Reply

      Yes, I truly believe God enjoys our giggles and He loves to giggle, too. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Q
    Posted at 16:28h, 27 November Reply

    Peppermint dust? Is that anything like Fairy Dust? Giggle…. thanks for the chuckles.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 16:31h, 27 November Reply

      Peppermint dust could be fairy dust. haha! Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 22:17h, 27 November Reply

    Ha, this was great! I’ve experienced something similar. Thanks for the giggles.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:02h, 27 November Reply

      I would love to read your similar story. πŸ™‚ Giggling is fun. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Nancy E. Head
    Posted at 12:41h, 28 November Reply

    Great lesson on how to not take ourselves too seriously. It’s great that you could laugh instead of being frustrated.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 14:57h, 28 November Reply

      Laughter is best! πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week!

  • Jennifer King
    Posted at 18:45h, 28 November Reply

    What a fun story! Its wonderful that you laughed about it rather than allowing yourself to be annoyed by it. I bet you smelled wonderfully minty too!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 22:57h, 28 November Reply

      I do enjoy the smell of peppermint. haha! Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • stephaniemgammon
    Posted at 19:13h, 29 November Reply

    This had me laughing and reminded me of a story my husband told me the other day. He drove through Dunkin Donuts on the job (he’s a police officer…of course lol) and ordered his usual. Only they gave him the wrong order and when he pulled the donut out, he said it was like an explosion of powdered sugar all over his cruiser, his uniform, his coat. He couldn’t get clean all day. I love how you chose to see this as a moment of joy instead of a moment of inconvenience. Life is all about that, isn’t it? Making the choice, in the moment, to find joy. Be careful with those peppermints!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 19:19h, 29 November Reply

      Oh my goodness! His uniform must have been messy! πŸ™‚ I am thankful for laughter. Have a blessed week!

  • Peggy Bodde
    Posted at 01:52h, 30 November Reply

    Thanks for giving so many of us the gift of laughter! What a fun story. Here’s to sprinkling the world with more peppermint dust and giggles!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:39h, 30 November Reply

      I opened a new container of peppermints yesterday and started laughing. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 04:48h, 30 November Reply

    I’m sure that was amusing to passers by! Now that you’ve warned us of the dangers of the soft peppermints, maybe we can all keep our clothes clean when eating them. I also love peppermint!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 13:38h, 30 November Reply

      Laughter can break the tension. I could have chosen to be upset, but laughter is much better. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 14:58h, 30 November Reply

    Melissa, this had me smiling BIG, then laughing. I’ll watch out for those soft peppermints from now on and especially if I’m wearing black. Haha!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:59h, 30 November Reply

      Yes, watch out! haha! I am still laughing about the whole incident. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Chip Mattis
    Posted at 18:16h, 01 December Reply

    What a funny story! I’m glad you saw the humor in it at the time too. I take myself too seriously, so I probably would have been more upset at the time and only after the fire had burned out would I be able to laugh at myself. Good for you!

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 20:48h, 01 December Reply

      I do enjoy laughter. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed weekend!

  • Marcie Cramsey
    Posted at 01:52h, 02 December Reply

    I’m definitely giggling! I love your posts, Melissa. You make me smile! πŸ™‚

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 18:50h, 02 December Reply

      Thank you so much Marcie! Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • jmshistorycorner
    Posted at 03:41h, 02 December Reply

    Funny! Yes, I’m sure we’ve all had moments like that.

    • Melissa Henderson
      Posted at 18:51h, 02 December Reply

      Wonderful moments of laughter! Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • debwilson2
    Posted at 15:12h, 12 December Reply

    Melissa, I love how you turned something that could have been irritating into something fun! I was reminded of when we had longhaired cats. A friend left our house, and on her way to the car I noticed the backside of her black pants was covered with white cat hair. I laughed so hard I couldn’t speak for a minute. I don’t think she thought it was as funny as I did. πŸ˜‰

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:23h, 22 December Reply

      Finding laughter in the everyday life experiences is truly a blessing. πŸ™‚

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