Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go by any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds; they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, American fiction writer
Silence just might be
Worse than angry words.
At least with angry words
One has communication.
Silence is so … quiet, so empty,
Like the vast wasteland
Decried decades ago.
Still, it’s angry words
That wound so bitterly.
Angry words that scar,
Leaving hurt feelings
And bitter memories.
That cause rifts in relationships
And once said, cannot be taken back.
Family isn’t the place
For this type of insidiousness.
Family is where love should prevail.
Support, encouragement, and loyalty triumph.
And peace predominate.
At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.
Sad that too often it doesn’t happen.
Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb
I’m probably the last person in the civilized world to learn this — and if you’ve known it forever, just mosey on down the road, trying not to snicker too loudly — but laundry is lots more fun when using wool balls!
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. ~Author Unknown
I have a question — a serious question — and I hope someone older (or just wiser) can give me an answer.
When should the average person start prepping for old age?
Sisters may share the same mother and father but appear to come from different families. ~Author unknown
Sprung from the same womb
Competitors for too long
Now we’ve become friends.
Note: Happy Birthday to my sister and friend!
A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~Earl Wilson, American journalist
The pressures had been building for some time.
An aging parent. A fur-kid with arthritic hips. A new laptop that I didn’t have time to set up properly. A work-in-progress that was going nowhere, thanks to some web design projects demanding my full attention.
In short, an overburdened psyche.
So I did what any rational person would do — called my sis and persuaded her to take a vacation with me.
People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are not taking cold. ~John Jay Chapman, American author
My mother is a worrier.
And by that, I mean she worries over everything.
Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be. ~Holbrook Jackson, British journalist, writer, and publisher
The smile says it all —
Nothing better than a hug
From my favorite kid!
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ~Mary Oliver, American poet
[wait, don’t leave]
Gotta unload these groceries. Start dinner. Get Sissy to her friend’s house and Bubba to the ball game.
[wait, it’s hot]
A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries, American editor and novelist
We’ve got to find a better way of teaching our kids how to drive.
Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. — Dale Carnegie, American writer
Where do you get off criticizing me without having walked a few miles in my moccasins?