Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fun With Infirmities

Today I've been trying to get various household tasks done, and I actually discovered a few I had completed and forgotten about. Surprise! For me this is the bright side to my dulling memory. It’s like a gift, finding out you’ve completed work that you don’t remember, like having those little phantom elves who cobble shoes for you at night like in the fairy tale.  Only these are the Bad Memory Elves.

And then there was the time I was watching the news, and these women were holding up a sign that said, “NEW BRA.” I thought, shoot, if you have to make a sign about it, isn’t it time to shop a little more often? And then I squinted and realized the sign said, “NEW ERA.”

Oh. Oopsy-daisy.

Spoken by my former mother-in-law: “Ho hum…I need to go to bed. I feel like I’ve taken an aphrodesiac.”


  1. Tammy,
    I have laughed for half a mile. No kidding. Bill and I just walked around the subdivision and I laughed everytime I thought of your post. ERA-BRA and then the M-I-L quote topped it off and got me going again. He finally said, "I guess that's one of those jokes where you had to be there." I said, "It wasn't a joke; that's why it's so funny." Thanks for the belly laugh.

  2. OMG, Tammy!! Ditto Miss Linda O.!! I'm laughing out loud this very minute, and more at your quote than your bad eye sight!! :o
    That'll be one of those things I'll think of when I'm in a public restroom, and will start cackling from behind my closed door....and everyone in the place will run out yelling, "There's a crazy woman in there!!!"

  3. Thanks, you two. Imagine how hard it was to hear that quote for real! I bet I turned ten shades of red before I figured out she was a bit confused!!! :-o

  4. We have to laugh off such indignities. What else can we do?

  5. That's so true, Pat! I figure it's when I cease to see the humor in those things that I'll be in trouble.

  6. Your mother-in-law quote is hilarious!

  7. Thanks, Donna! And thanks for stopping by! :)


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