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Polly's Perfect Peaches: Understanding Teleios

Polly's alarm went off. She immediately reached for her phone.  She opened her Instagram app to see how many likes she had gotten while she slept. 




Her Fourth of July party had been epic. The neighbors kept complimenting her on the beautiful table and delicious patriotic-themed foods.   She never could have done it without her popular Pinterest board.


Polly frowned, only 136 likes.  Maybe she hadn't included enough hashtags.  She hit the explore button to see what hashtags other popular 4th of July posts were using.  She found a couple she hadn't thought of and quickly added them to her post.  She put her phone back on her nightstand and got dressed.  Just like a watched pot never boils, a watched Instagram post never gets liked.

Polly looked out her window and saw her next-door neighbor Meredith filling a basket with peaches.



 Polly frowned and let out a long sigh.  Meredith was known for making the best jams and syrups from her fruit trees. 

Polly couldn't help but…
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"I am afraid I must.  I am meeting with someone," he answers.

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She laughs, "I will know the instant you are gone."

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