I am as I am. I tend to be a contradiction and this post is typical of that.
Somber first, to get it out of the way.
My family experienced a terrible loss this last week. After more than ten years of fighting far too many incursions of cancer in far too many places, my mother passed away due to complications from chemo. I’d like to thank all of you for your support and your caring. I told very few the details, but many of you were extra kind. Please know that it was noticed and it helped. If you ever have the chance, please consider donating or volunteering for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. They do good work against a sinister thing than touches far too many families.
I have a large magnet and a t-shirt that both say “Save the Ta-Tas.” My son is too embarrassed to let me put the magnet on the back of our vehicle, so it’s on the fridge. I sent Mom a coffee mug (she drank coffee like I do) with a pink ribbon that said “My Mom is My Hero.” She always will be.
Okay, so that’s the somber.
Now with the silly!
Here are my lies… erm… statements from the “Creative Writer” Award:
- I was a pogo stick champion in fourth grade.
- I can juggle three oranges, but chainsaws are out of the question.
- I spent time with an exiled King.
- I loved my vacation in New Zealand and hope to return.
- I paint landscapes with watercolors.
- I have been married twice.
- I’ve been a coffee fiend since my teens.
Can you pick out the truth? DonP did. Yes, it’s true that I spent time with an exiled King. King Leka I of Albania and his entourage came to the office of the Congressman for whom I was interning. (I may have been the youngest intern, at least to that point. I was fourteen.) I was introduced to him and did the polite thing: stuck my hand out to shake his. I had no idea who he was as I hadn’t checked the schedule that morning! He very kindly shook my hand. Tall man, very big hands. (You know what that means, don’t you? Big… socks.) I escorted him and his entourage of several well-dressed men over to the Capital building to meet with the Congressman. As I walked away upon being dismissed, I heard, “Your Majesty, this is…” and I nearly fainted. I actually got lost in the office building for a moment when I returned, I was so shaken.
So there you go. Some somber, some silly and even perhaps a little sweetness thrown in. Thanks for sticking with me.