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Today is the 3rd day of the 38th week, the 21st day of the 9th month, the 264th day of 2021 [with only 94 shopping days left until Christmas], and: 
  • Escapology Day – in 1912, Houdini first publicly performed his Water Torture Cell escape
  • Get Ready Day – part of National Preparedness Month
  • Independence Day:  Malta from the United Kingdom in 1964, Belize from the United Kingdom in 1981, and Armenia from the Soviet Union in 1991
  • International Day of Peace
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • National Chai Day
  • National Farm Safety Day for Kids
  • National IT Professionals Day
  • National Dance Day
  • National Pecan Cookie Day
  • National Surgical Technologists Day
  • Pause the World Day
  • Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
  • Sukkot [since sundown yesterday]
  • World Alzheimer’s Day
  • World Gratitude Day
Quote of the day:
"No wise man ever wished to be younger."
~  Jonathan Swift, an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and Anglican cleric

I made Grandmom Hughes cry one day. 

In the midst of talking about the past,  I asked her if she would go back and do it all over again – and she averred that she would.  Now Grandmom hadn’t had an easy life.  The middle daughter of a Welsh immigrant coal miner, she was orphaned at 14, and had to work in a nylon factory to support herself.  She raised three kids during the Depression, had one son who ran away from home, lied about his age, and joined the Navy during WWII, and had a daughter who had to live with her while her husband fought in the Korean War.  At 50, she decided to become a pediatric nurse at City Hospital and saw much illness and  death there.  And she, without hesitation, said she would do it all over again.  And she was absolutely stunned that at 19 or so, I emphatically said that I would never want to go back.  The bullying, the angst, the family problems – none of that seemed worth repeating to the teen-aged me.  Grandmom couldn’t imagine that I was that cynical and hurt at such a young age, and she wept 

I am a decade older than Grandmom was when we had that chat, and as I look back on my life, I find myself asking myself that question again – and the answer hasn’t changed.  I mean, I didn’t really have a hard life after all is said and done, and there were definitely some high points to offset the bad times.  It isn’t that I feel tragic or forlorn or anything, I just don’t want a repeat or even a do-over



I still don’t want to go back and do it all over again.  I just don’t
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