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Yesterday when I posted my new-found word
I did not know how timely was my post.
Yesterday was the first ever
World Toilet Day.
Apparently the United Nations has proclaimed
November 19 as the day.
Really if you read the article you will see that this is serious
and in many places not something to laugh about.
I am so very thankful that I live where I do.
Where it is safe to…well…do-do.
Today, I think this has made me feel very blessed
but at the same time sad for those without potties.
Do you know what a thunderbox is?
Have you figured out what it is?
When you do you will
a stool enclosing a chamberpot
a rudimentary outside toilet
Now tell me that didn’t make you smile.
Some other names used are:
the throne room
the long drop
In our house it is the potty.
What do you call it?
This reminds me…when I was young and dating I dated a guy that I thought… maybe… was married.
He said quite passionately, profusely, and convincingly he was not married.
Then one evening we were leaving my apartment to go to dinner and he asked me if I had to go potty before we left.
I asked him how many kids he had and did his wife know where he was.
He left, without me, and never came back.
I am thankful for his use of euphemisms.
Today, I think this will do for Two Shoes Tuesday prompts, fast or smile,
and it tells you something about me,too.
Ok so I have been away.
Not far away.
Just not near my computer.
I was getting so aggravated with my computer that I called a cease type.
For a couple of days I didn’t even turn it on!
But I am back.
Still being aggravated but I will soldier on.
I had signed up for the NaBloPoMo thingie but I haven’t done that either.
I wonder if they shut you out or talk bad about you
if you don’t keep your part of the deal?
Anyway, I was going to tell you something about me everyday this month
and since I haven’t posted for six days today I will tell you six things.
Heavens I wouldn’t want to disappoint you!
So here goes
- I am a Southern-ized Yankee. I have lived in the South longer than I lived in the North. But I still think of myself as a Ohio girl transplanted to South Carolina by circumstances beyond my control. When I moved here I thought I would stay a couple of years and go back home. After thirty-five years I guess this is home.
- Have you ever watched a group of people at a restaurant or a party and noticed that some older people sit and kind of smile and nod a lot. Well, I know why they are like that…they can’t hear. How do I know this you ask? Because I have become one of those older people.
- I don’t exercise. I do like to walk and go for walks around the neighborhood. I have a great neighborhood for this activity.
- I have this love-hate thing with sleep. I hate to give up and go to sleep. Once I am asleep I love it and don’t want to wake up. Then when I am up I love being awake and don’t want to go to sleep. I think it is one of those vicious cycle things.
- I have lived in my condo a little over seventeen years. That is the longest I have lived in one place. When I was a kid there was one house where I lived with my family for nine years. I have some gypsy blood in me.
- My comfort foods…besides chocolate anything…are oatmeal with maple and brown sugar, macaroni and cheese, scrambled eggs and baked beans, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with potato chips.
Now I am all caught up.
Wasn’t this just too interesting?!
I am truly thankful for your agreeing with me.
Today, I think I need to, as they say, get a life.
My thoughts about “they” is a post for another day.
This is my Two Shoes Tuesday post.
The prompts for this week are over and always.
I am a quiet person and always have been.
But my spirit has not always been quiet.
When I was a child I had a temper and it flared often.
I learned to control it when I was a teenager.
It was then I realized anger had other outlets.
My anger was quiet…rarely loud.
But it was mean and spiteful.
I hurt many people.
I hurt myself.
People who didn’t know me then…and some who did…
don’t believe me when I tell them I was a hellion extraordinaire.
They just always see me as this quiet person and think that’s who I was always.
But you can be rebellious, angry, bitter, hateful, unkind, just bad
without being loud or boisterous.
You can be quietly sugar sweet and be the most ugly of persons.
I know this because that was me for a long time.
Life was hell.
No other way to put it.
Then one day all that was over and done.
I was given a great gift…a gentle and quiet spirit.
I did nothing to deserve it, I didn’t ask for it, didn’t expect it.
It was simply given.
I am, and will always be, thankful that God waited for me,
forgave me, and welcomed me into the family.
The past is over forever and always.
There is something I like to do.
Actually, there are a lot of things I like to do,
this is just one of them.
It started with a blog I read
…bad me I cannot remember what blog…
it was years ago…before I started to write.
The blog was about doing something kind everyday.
Well, it got me to thinking about what I could do.
What I decided to do, and still do,
is put gift certificates in library books.
Just $2.00 certificates from Baskin-Robbins.
I put a little note on them, open the book, slide the coupon in,
and return the book to the library.
I have no idea if anyone has used one.
I hope so!
I am not telling you this to get pats on the back
but to let you know that I am thankful for the blog
…I can’t remember the name of…
that made me think about how blessed I am
and encouraged me to in some small way pay it forward.