Would you think it strange that I miss someone I’ve never met? My wife, Margaret, tells me often about her mother. She cries, too, often, when expressing how much she misses this woman. I never did meet her and now I miss her, too!
Anger is one emotion I feel when I am frustrated by not having the writings or the stories of people I miss. If I had more of my grandmother’s articles, which were published in the West Dundee, Illinois newspapers, under the title, “Just Reminiscing”, I would treasure them, as I do the few that I have. It makes little difference to the world, but it matters to me, that her words are there in print, her memories are now all I have to enhance my memories of her.
As for my wife’s mom, I know she was a beautiful, patient, kind, diplomatic woman; valedictorian of her class, a Southern Belle, a loving mom and probably more of a simply good person than I’ll ever know. And, I’ll never know.
If only we had had blogging and the Internet and a mission to capture their stories before they left us!
Certainly, you know these things are available to us now. What prevents us from going out and gathering these stories from all of the loving grandparents and parents that are still alive to tell us today? Nothing prevents us from doing this, except inaction. I have a plan. Join me.
Can you help? Will you support this cause? I’m not asking for money, yet.
Today, at the fitness center of Sun City Palm Desert, one woman said to her cohorts, “Why is my left side stronger than my right?”
I couldn’t resist, so I stepped in with a theory on this phenomenon. “There’s an explanation for that.”, I said. “Since your right hand has the skill, your left hand is used for carrying things. This makes your left hand and your left side stronger, since it does most of the work.”
I suppose I could have said, “I have a theory about that….”, instead of simply stating my explanation as if it were rooted in fact. On the other hand, three women at the gym seemed just a little bit happier after this exchange. So, no harm done.
This expression I once used to describe myself. Now I’ve found that Thurber long ago cornered the market on this way of presenting things. You might think that if “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” had been your favorite short story since you first read it in grade school, that you might have picked up a book filled with other works by that incredibly gifted author!
Not me, no, that’s not the way I do things. Or, at least, I’ve not done so for over 40 years now…. But, guess what – you can still borrow books for free! You can even go to a “clean well-lighted place” and enjoy peace and quiet as you read.
An experiment with SEO – I began on May 5, 2013. It is, as the title says, about SEO for the purpose of being found, when people search for Mouse Help. Use any of the links below for details and to follow my progress with this endeavor. Soon, a link to Mouse Help dot org will be on the first page of search results.
If you need to know more about mousy search terms, or mouse help, click any link in this paragraph. At mousehelp.org, we answer all of your mousy questions and even provide results for a long-tailed search, like; help me with my mouse – no pun intended! This is shameless self-promotion, with a link to computer mouse help, so we can compete with number one.