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

How a Famous Author (and friend) Save the Day

A road trip to see a famous author, who is a sweet friend, brought laughter and joy to a special event. We never know what will happen with the Henderson family. God always gives us something to bring happiness and joy. Today’s blog is about how a famous author (and friend) saved the day.

Alan and I enjoy attending book signings and author events. Sometimes we know the person and other times we learn about new writers. Often, lunch is served and everyone has an opportunity to fellowship with other readers.

Recently, we were blessed to attend a presentation and book signing by author Nancy Naigle. She’s written many great stories and some of her work has been turned into movies. Alan and I met Nancy years ago when we went to see her speak at an event in South Carolina.

We became friends and now, every time Nancy visits the area, we make sure to attend her events. Nancy enjoys laughter and we often share giggles about the simplest things in life. The first time we met Nancy, a person was giving away Vidalia onions after the presentation.

Although we never found the Vidalia onion person and didn’t get any of those special offerings, the three of us joked about how we met on that onion day.

At the latest event, a delicious lunch of garden greens with a hunk of chicken salad on top was served. Yummy warm bread accompanied the main course. Slices of decadent chocolate cake were served for dessert.

There were eight people at our table, including Nancy’s mother Bettie. During lunch, we chatted, shared which stories were our favorites, and enjoyed getting to know each other. A delightful time.

After a few bites of food, Nancy reached over and touched my arm. “Melissa, just want you to know a spider hanging from the chandelier and it’s getting ready to fall into Alan’s salad.”
I immediately glanced over to try and see the culprit. The light hit the tiny spider at just the right moment. The spider held tightly to a thin translucent string of web as it inched down towards Alan’s salad.

Everyone at the table became alert when I shared, “Alan, there’s a spider about to go into your salad.” I thought Alan would discreetly dispose of it with a napkin. But, of course, nothing goes quietly around us.

Before speaking a word, Alan clapped his hands together with a “SLAP”, and the spider was gone. The sound was loud enough to cause everyone at our table, and probably in the room, to pause to see what was happening.

Alan had acted before thinking the spider might have landed in his lunch. Oh, well… After getting rid of the spider, Alan decided he wasn’t hungry anymore.

There were giggles and remarks about how the salad now had more protein because the spider was in it. My salad was fine so I continued eating. Alan did enjoy some of the warm bread.

Thank you to our author friend, Nancy Naigle, who saved Alan from eating a spider. 😁

Nancy’s new story, “And Then There Was You” is available at retailers. Visit her website at

Have a blessed day! Watch out for spiders in your food.
Mimi aka Melissa Henderson

  • Lynn J Simpson
    Posted at 13:40h, 06 September Reply

    Oh, thank goodness Alan was saved from a spider crawling on his salad! I think I’d loose my appetite, too, if that happened to me. How wonderful to spend time with authors you enjoy and admire. I imagine it is very inspiring, too.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 13:57h, 06 September Reply

      Yes, sharing time with Nancy is always a joy. I enjoy meeting authors and learning from them. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 13:51h, 06 September Reply

    I’m all for protein in my salad, but I draw the line when it comes to spiders! Wonderful story, Melissa. I’m happy you had a nice time with Nancy. I love her books!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 13:58h, 06 September Reply

      I agree. Protein is good, but not the spider variety. haha! Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Dianne Miley
    Posted at 14:15h, 06 September Reply

    Thanks for introducing me to a new author!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 14:45h, 06 September Reply

      You are welcome! Nancy is super creative and such a joyful person. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Katherine Pasour
    Posted at 17:11h, 06 September Reply

    A great story, Melissa. Thank you for sharing smiles. Wishing you a blessed day!

  • Kimberly Rose Johnson
    Posted at 18:52h, 06 September Reply

    My husband would’ve done the exact same thing. Thanks for the chuckle. I’m still smiling.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:06h, 06 September Reply

      Alan was so shocked by that spider. Glad Nancy saved the day. haha! Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Barbara Harper
    Posted at 19:25h, 06 September Reply

    Oh, how funny. What a great memory of this occasion.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:07h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Barbara. Yes, we will remember this funny time. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Doris Lankford
    Posted at 19:31h, 06 September Reply

    I would have wanted someone to tell me about the spider too. Good job, Nancy.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:12h, 06 September Reply

      Haha! Me, too. I’m thankful Nancy saw the spider and alerted us. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Nancy Ruegg
    Posted at 20:53h, 06 September Reply

    Oh dear–poor Alan! I’m sure I would have done the same thing. Thank you for introducing Nancy Naigle–I’ll be checking out her books!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:08h, 06 September Reply

      You are welcome Nancy. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • June Foster
    Posted at 22:10h, 06 September Reply

    Melissa, I can always count on you to tell a funny story. The great part is they are all true.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:08h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you June. Yes, our family motto continues. “It’s Always A Story With the Henderson’s”. Have a blessed day dear friend! 🙂

  • Yvonne Morgan
    Posted at 22:38h, 06 September Reply

    What a joyful post. I loved it and so glad you got to spend time with your friend. Thanks for the smiles from the Henderson.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:09h, 06 September Reply

      Thank you Yvonne. The day was truly wonderful. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • JD Wininger
    Posted at 02:07h, 07 September Reply

    Mr. Alan showed much more restraint than I could have. I would have had to make a comment along the line of “Finally! some meat!” LOL It’s always something my friend. Thanks for sharing Ms. Nancy’s latest work with us.

  • Jeanne Takenaka
    Posted at 02:55h, 08 September Reply

    Oh Melissa, this story made me smile. More protein was the first thing I thought. 😉 I’m glad Alan was saved from eating an arachnid, but I can imagine the attention that CLAP garnered! Thanks for the grin.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 12:42h, 08 September Reply

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Yes, that was quite a unique experience. But, it did bring lots of laughter. Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Paula @ Grace~Filled Moments
    Posted at 03:29h, 08 September Reply

    This made me giggle. Not sure I’d have been as “collected”as Alan was though.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 13:54h, 08 September Reply

      I’m glad the story made you giggle. There’s always something funny happening around here. 🙂 Have a blessed day! Hugs!

  • Nancy E Head
    Posted at 20:37h, 08 September Reply

    My husband would have clapped the spider too. Discretion is the soul of …. other people.

    Thanks for a laugh, Melissa. God bless!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 14:31h, 11 September Reply

      Haha! Love how each person reacts differently to situations. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! 🙂

  • Karen Jurgens Harrison
    Posted at 22:53h, 08 September Reply

    I would’ve slapped that spider too! Fortunately I’m not afraid of bugs, but my daughter screams and drowns them in a pool of Windex. She says that makes it easier to catch and throw them away. Lol 😂
    Likewise, thanks for the introduction to this author. I’m glad you had a nice lunch and lots of giggles. Blessings!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:22h, 08 September Reply

      I have not heard of the Windex idea. That’s interesting! 🙂 Bugs aren’t my favorite and we definitely have some weird bugs in SC. haha! Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • colarnold
    Posted at 23:21h, 08 September Reply

    Love this story. I don’t mind spiders – not even in my house – but I don’t like them in my meal!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 23:23h, 08 September Reply

      Thank you. I agree with you. I don’t like them in my meal. haha! Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 03:18h, 09 September Reply

    Ha, so glad Alan didn’t get that extra protein in his salad!! Great story.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 15:01h, 09 September Reply

      Haha! Thank you Jessica. I thought he might ask the server for another salad, but he didn’t. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 04:48h, 10 September Reply

    As always, not a dull moment with the Hendersons!

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 15:19h, 10 September Reply

      Yes, there’s always a story with us. haha! Have a blessed day! 🙂

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 14:29h, 22 September Reply

    An unforgettable memory! Thanks for sharing a new author.

    • Melissa G Henderson
      Posted at 14:56h, 22 September Reply

      Thank you Gail. I hope you get to read Nancy’s books. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

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