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The shapes of men

I’ve been wondering about this. I look at my husband and can see the years have piled on. The thing is, there is still so much I love about him…that old spark is still there (oh, he WILL have a laugh at this!). Anyhow, living your life, something so fleeting in reality and having lost so many loved ones over the years, one tends to remember little quirks about them. Things they did…like Mom, how she used to scratch her chin (ha-ha…shame, it really was funny!) and how she used to fold her dress under her when she sat down and shuffle her shoes to scare the dog….my sister had her own things too…slapping her knee when she laughed, eyes crinkling, just kind of giving in to the joy of laughter. How she used to sit and think…arms folded, staring through the window…wonder whatever went on in her mind. I never thought to ask her.
My husband is very much alive, and I’ve decided to make a point of LOOKING for the little things. I was always fascinated by the manner in which he dressed himself…so prissy and particular…folding his shirtsleeves down to tie the cuffs, sitting down to tie his shoes and just lately, combing what little hair he has left. His way of strolling…yes, he strolls, he doesn’t just walk. He always seems so serene, ‘strolling’ to the car and ‘strolling’ inside when he comes home. Oh, and the way he sometimes leans against the wall to listen (for a change) to something I’m telling him. He also has a Peter Pan pose…hands propped in his sides, very straight up…that is something I’ve come to know as his ‘I am convinced you are super stupid’-pose. Many such things…well, I’d better be going…he’s ‘strolling’ back inside now, and would be super-pissed if he catches me writing something personal about him on my blog!

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Yes, she has a bizarre sense of humour (if any, that is)…..but she has her moments….few and far apart, but they are worth waiting for….listen to this one!

DAMN FAIRIES
40 years of marriage.. A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, ‘For being such an exemplary married couple and f or being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.’ The wife answered, ‘Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband The fairy waved her magic wand and – poof! – two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands. The husband thought for a moment: ‘Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I’m sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me. The wife, and the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish. So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof!… The husband became 9 2 years old. The moral of this story: Men who are ungrateful bastards should remember fairies are female….. SEND THIS TO A WOMAN WHO NEEDS A GOOD LAUGH . AND TO ANY MAN WHO CAN HANDLE IT!

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Yip, today I’m prepared for standing in line……1 litre cranberry juice, kindle, forms completed and ID photos taken. I am NOT in the mood, though, but it has to be done…..just hope I’m in time for the kids!

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I read about a guy (name of ‘Crazy Mel’)……quite a criminal, this one. Apparently working his way through the abc’s of crime: arson, burglary, counterfeiting, drugs, and so forth. Unfortunately he died ..in a ‘gardening accident’. He was trying to break into a house when the owner hit him with a rake…killing him instantly. You get it?? Gardening accident, indeed – I don’t know, it just sounded very Jerry Lewis…..so I laughed myself into oblivion!

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What!! No auntie-clothes!

Yeah, guilty as charged. Yesterday I posted a pic of my daughter in a ‘dress’, hat and heels…..I was supposed to provide these. Much to my astonishment I realised I don’t own a dress, or heels and the only hat is one I wear on the beach! I had no auntie-clothes!! My Mom NEVER, EVER wore pants, she never went to the beach without (giggle) her nylons and heels and I saw her in a bathing suit (a borrowed one to boot) . She was a born auntie, you see. My husband says I’m one too, I am 45 years old after all…..but goodness!! I just can’t imagine myself in a little flowerprint crimpelene thingy!!

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Ms Gingerbreadman

Grade 1 dramatics……

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I’ve always considered Anne Rice’s adaptation of the vampire legend to be one of the best ever. Both the book AND the movie. And, boy, what a bunch of superlooking hunks!!! I mean, obviously, they have chosen the most beautiful, yes BEAUTIFUL, of the Hollywood starlets….Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, ooooh and Antonio Banderas (he is especialy yummy in this one!!). Oops….and mr Cruise (don’t like him so much….too cocky, me thinx), but even he manages to mesmerize old me as the ‘evil’ Lestat.
To all those Bella-lovers out there…THIS IS A REAL VAMPIRE STORY!!! I’ve read Bram Stoker as well, and the Moura tales…even van Helsing, but Interview is, in my humble opinion, the most honest, authentic tale of them all. You really BELIEVE it….that is, of course the secret of a well written story; to let the reader (and the watcher) believe it’s the truth! Now, where shall I go to find the lovely Louis….and warn him about the omnipresent Lestat!! Maybe we will flee to Paris and seek out the gorgeous Armand!

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What will you do if…

…..you knew you were going to die?? Yes, okay, we’re ALL going to die….but what if you knew exactly when and how. I’m reading a book by John Connelly, ‘The killing kind’ and in it a lady sees her killer at a train station. She was so disturbed by the man that she actually called someone about it. It was as if she understood he will be the end of her, even though they didn’t speak…..they just caught each others’ eye.
This is what put this line of thought in my mind….what will you do if you knew? I’m sure we can say ‘oh, I’ll go on a binge or a spending spree or ask forgiveness for my sins….turn to God and goodness at last’. We will definitely be able to come up with an entire menagerie of ideas to fill our final days with. The fact is, though, I’m not really sure how I will react. Aren’t we all living on borrowed time anyway? Will it help to seek salvation before it all ends? I’ve often wondered…..I’ve seen my sister live through her last days, but she was half out of her mind with chemo and radiotherapy….I don’t think she realised what was happening. Perhaps it was her mind’s way of denying the truth, making the passage easier. She didn’t start praying or begging forgiveness from loved ones, she just lived on as usual until the end. But then, I must add…..there was no evil or badness in her…..she was one of the good ones.
But the question remains….what will I do if I knew the time and the way?? I don’t think I’ll try to avoid it….I don’t fear death – never have. Perhaps I’ll try to experience things more intensely, perhaps I’ll focus on really living each moment and enjoying each breath….perhaps I should start doing this anyway and not wait for the day that we hear the VOICE calling, because, you see……we really do live on borrowed time – ALL of us – each and every day…..somewhere there is always someone who will never return home, who brushed his teeth for the last time or, like my sister, left her sandals under the bed for the last time…..who knows….in a few minutes it can be me……or you….. No, we shouldn’t waste time…..we should use it and make it worth living!

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Tyla’s mashed potatoman.

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Sunday……surprise me!!!

Got some work to do today. Summaries for Tristan’s Science test on Tuesday (and making sure he actually studies it), ironing, strawberry muffins for lunch….etc etc…..no rest for the wicked! Just hope there won’t be any surprises like yesterday with the Dad-incident!

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