No more Tears…

It’s often said about “killing someone with kindness”, something I thought about recently. There are many different ways in which one can carry an act to extreme measures. I am guilty of such malevolent behavior. 

Well, not really. I was a mere child at the time, so please, lighten up. And my actions did not involve “killing”, not by any means. But I did manage to inflict injury on something I loved dearly. 

She was my favorite doll, named “Joanie” for reasons I can’t explain, guessing now that it must have been an important name to me way back when. Made of rubber, she drank and wet and was one of very few dolls that came my childhood way. What made her special was that I could feed her with a bottle. And feed her I did.  So much so that her butt eventually rotted away. She started leaking, terribly, through whatever washcloths or dish towels I wrapped her in, but I loved her and felt that it was my duty to keep up with the doll’s water torture.   I think that if there was a way for her to refuse the constant flow of water that I forced into her tiny mouth she might have screamed ENOUGH!  But, she never did, just kept drinking that water like a drunken sailor.

Poor Joanie ended up being unceremoniously hauled away with the garbage along with a stern warning from my parents on any future doll requests. Oh, I made them, received one or two but kept them as is, some in their original packaging. They became something to look at, rarely played with, and I still have one or two tucked away.

For what and who I have no idea but at least their butts are intact. 

From Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop…Tell us about your favorite childhood toy.
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Just five things…

 

5 things

 

What you don’t know about me (and probably don’t honestly give a hoot about!)

  1.  I attended General Motors Training School years ago.  Received certification in Engine Rebuilding, Carburetion, Ignition Systems and Air Conditioning.  (Can I work on any present-day automobile with said credentials?  Sadly, no.)
  2. I did a fair amount of drag racing back in the day.  (Loved it and wish I had the opportunity to do it again.)
  3. Thanks to a huge collection of cookbooks I’ve amassed over the years, I am a self-taught cook.  Not a chef, mind you, but I can hold my own in the culinary field. (From Julia Child’s Kitchen was my first)
  4. Type A Personality?  Yup, that would be me.  (I aggravate myself on a daily basis)
  5. First impressions mean very little to me.  I have a tendency to see beyond who and what I come face-to-face with.  (Judgmental, moi?  Not at all, I gravitate towards honest people and have little time for anyone overly full of themselves.)

5 things I’m knowledgeable about (you won’t give a hoot about this either, trust me!)

  1. Writing.  (Simple enough.  I am here, on my own website and still attempting to finish my first book.  I think that qualifies me.)
  2. Scleroderma.  Nothing humorous here.  Both my father and mother-in-law suffered with and passed-away from complications of this  chronic connective tissue disease which is generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.  Research indicates that there is a susceptibility gene, which raises the likelihood of getting scleroderma, but by itself does not cause the disease. (Research being what it is, this is a disease not listed with high priority on the list of any big fund-raising conglomerate.  It affects so many individuals and is often mis-diagnosed for Lupus or Fibromyalgia.)
  3. Intuitive feelings.  (This probably goes along with the whole “first impressions” deal but I firmly believe in going with any thought that pushes me toward…or away…from either a person or situation.)
  4. Tom Petty.  His words, his music. 
  5. Finding everything my husband misplaces.  E v e r y single day.  (Trust me, when he doesn’t misplace something, I worry)

5 things I know nothing about (only 5? )

  1. Nuclear Physics
  2. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
  3. Where Jimmy Hoffa is. (Maybe someone should check #2)
  4. Hunting
  5. Pokemon

5 things I believe (As is often said, one has to believe in something.)

  1. God.  I was educated in a parochial school system and live with the fear instilled in me about not believing.  So I do.
  2. Human Nature.  People will behave at their worst sometimes more often than their best.  This is pretty evident on a daily basis where politics are concerned.  None of us will change the world based on our opinions but to turn on each other over the right to express same is asinine.  Underneath it all, I need to feel that most of us are decent and caring.  (Regardless of any chosen political affiliation.)
  3. The world is round.  Definitely believe that. (Can you believe there is a “Flat Earth Community” who believe that that the Earth is not a globe, as most of us think, but some kind of plane, with edges?  Reminds me of lyrics from Hal Ketchum’s “Small Town Saturday Night”.)
  4. Miracles.  They do happen.  In small ways that we don’t even realize and in much larger fashion.  Give them a chance.
  5. Santa Claus.  Of course I believe, don’t you?  (I’m no dummy, less than one month before Christmas.  Call it my need to hold onto the magic of the season!)

My choice of Writing Prompts from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week and a re-post of what I shared back in 2018.  Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

So, there you have it.  Gave this prompt my best shot given that writing about oneself can be taken in various ways.   I mean, who really cares?  Mostly, it’s more information that anyone needs but, hey, it’s light reading and probably far more interesting than all the malarkey shared by the hapless mainstream media.

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Just five things…

What you don’t know about me (and probably don’t honestly give a hoot about!)

  1.  I attended General Motors Training School years ago.  Received certification in Engine Rebuilding, Carburetion, Ignition Systems and Air Conditioning.  (Can I work on any present-day automobile with said credentials?  Sadly, no.)
  2. I did a fair amount of drag racing back in the day.  (Loved it and wish I had the opportunity to do it again.)
  3. Thanks to a huge collection of cookbooks I’ve amassed over the years, I am a self-taught cook.  Not a chef, mind you, but I can hold my own in the culinary field. (From Julia Child’s Kitchen was my first)
  4. Type A Personality?  Yup, that would be me.  (I aggravate myself on a daily basis)
  5. First impressions mean very little to me.  I have a tendency to see beyond who and what I come face-to-face with.  (Judgmental, moi?  Not at all, I gravitate towards honest people and have little time for anyone overly full of themselves.)

5 things I’m knowledgeable about (you won’t give a hoot about this either, trust me!)

  1. Writing.  (Simple enough.  I am here, on my own website and still attempting to finish my first book.  I think that qualifies me.)
  2. Scleroderma.  Nothing humorous here.  Both my father and mother-in-law suffered with and passed-away from complications of this  chronic connective tissue disease which is generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases.  Research indicates that there is a susceptibility gene, which raises the likelihood of getting scleroderma, but by itself does not cause the disease. (Research being what it is, this is a disease not listed with high priority on the list of any big fund-raising conglomerate.  It affects so many individuals and is often mis-diagnosed for Lupus or Fibromyalgia.)
  3. Intuitive feelings.  (This probably goes along with the whole “first impressions” deal but I firmly believe in going with any thought that pushes me toward…or away…from either a person or situation.)
  4. Tom Petty.  His words, his music. 
  5. Finding everything my husband misplaces.  E v e r y single day.  (Trust me, when he doesn’t misplace something, I worry)

5 things I know nothing about (only 5? )

  1. Nuclear Physics
  2. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
  3. Where Jimmy Hoffa is. (Maybe someone should check #2)
  4. Hunting
  5. Pokemon

5 things I believe (As is often said, one has to believe in something.)

  1. God.  I was educated in a parochial school system and live with the fear instilled in me about not believing.  So I do.
  2. Human Nature.  People will behave at their worst sometimes more often than their best.  This is pretty evident on a daily basis where politics are concerned.  None of us will change the world based on our opinions but to turn on each other over the right to express same is asinine.  Underneath it all, I need to feel that most of us are decent and caring.  (Regardless of any chosen political affiliation.)
  3. The world is round.  Definitely believe that. (Can you believe there is a “Flat Earth Community” who believe that that the Earth is not a globe, as most of us think, but some kind of plane, with edges?  Reminds me of lyrics from Hal Ketchum’s “Small Town Saturday Night”.)
  4. Miracles.  They do happen.  In small ways that we don’t even realize and in much larger fashion.  Give them a chance.
  5. Santa Claus.  Of course I believe, don’t you?  (I’m no dummy, less than one month before Christmas.  Call it my need to hold onto the magic of the season!)

My choice of Writing Prompts from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week and a re-post of what I shared back in 2018.  Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

So, there you have it.  Gave this prompt my best shot given that writing about oneself can be taken in various ways.   I mean, who really cares?  Mostly, it’s more information that anyone needs but, hey, it’s light reading and probably far more interesting than all the malarkey shared by the hapless mainstream media.

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