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An old lady with tears in her eyes

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I stood in line at the pharmacy fiddling around with my cell phone.My granddaughter was busy sitting on a bench playing a video game.She was behaving to get a toy for being good at school!I was watching her and then noticed an old lady with tears shining bright in her eyes,gazing over at Aaliyah.Is she yours?she asked.My grand I answered.She is beautiful and so well behaved she said quietly.She seemed to be pondering something then opened her purse.She pulled out a very old photo of a little girl that favored Aaliyah very much.She explained her tears and the photo was her daughter at five years old.I gave her a hug and told her I hoped she was ok.she slipped a twenty in my hand and said Buy her something nice,Today Candace would have been 75.I reluctantly accepted it,took Aaliyah's hand and turned to pick up my meds.Aaliyah said Grammy why was Grandma crying?She is very smart so I told her.WAIT! she shouted and ran and hurled herself at the lady giving her the biggest hug ever...Thank you Grandma!her small hand touched the lady's tears,wiping them away because by now every person there had tears in thier eyes too!As we were spending her $20 she was smiling at me and I tickled her under her chin....she asked can I buy some food for the poor little kids at the shelter?I almost lost it then!4 years old and so compassionate.We were able to get her game,some food for the shelter and herself a lollipop...of course I donated quite a bit but she thinks she paid for it all and is so proud!!She is a real firecracker of a kid and I simply adore her!!....... emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/19/2011 4:35PM

    What a darling. She is a credit to her upbringing.

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JAMER123 9/18/2011 12:41AM

    Susan, thank you for sharing such a lovely and tender hearted story. I really enjoyed it and it has a wonderful moral. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 9/17/2011 11:03PM

    That was a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing, though I teared up reading it, too! Someday, some of us will be in that older woman's place............ emoticon

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ARTPRINTER 9/17/2011 10:52PM

    What a beautiful story! You must be so proud of your granddaughter!

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BARBAELLEN 9/17/2011 10:42PM

    Awwww! Really touching!
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IILAAD65 9/16/2011 12:20PM

    OH WOW GREAT story!!!!!

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BELINDADUVESSA 9/16/2011 3:43AM

    Oh wow. I got tears just reading that.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/15/2011 8:04PM

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Melt my heart!!! Your Aaliyah is so precious!
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MARTHASPARKS 9/15/2011 7:43PM

    Oh Susan, how wonderful. Perfect! Evidently your value system has passed along the way to the grandchild level. Mine was that way as a child and look where she is now!

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SHASSYSUE2 9/15/2011 6:24PM

    That Grandbaby is an Angel!! Children learn by example, and she has learned that from someone VERY close to her!!! God Bless Her!!!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/15/2011 6:17PM

    Too precious! emoticon

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BETTERHEALTH123 9/15/2011 5:57PM

    It sounds like your grand-daughter takes after you.

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KIND2ME 9/15/2011 4:51PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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PJBONARRIGO 9/15/2011 4:42PM

    Thank you for sharing this story- it made my day :-)

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ATMANI 9/15/2011 4:31PM

    Simply beautiful!

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SUKOTO 9/15/2011 4:30PM

    That was such a sweet story.

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Automobile blues

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I firmly believe,somehow,that cars break down as soon as we have money!!!I was going to pick up a few things I've been wanting and BAM!!She starts smoking and making a grumbling noise!I am counting my blessings that I DO have a car and the money to repair it but,the little girl in me wants to throw a tantrum....LOL,I wont trust me.My hubs had to take my car to work so i'm relying on Doge Country's shuttle to bring me home.I got there at 8:15 and didnt get home until 10: 40!I'm not leaving appliances out either!The stove is almost 5 years old now and the baking element broke,the burner switch is bugging and the vacuum just went kaput!In my mind i'm thinking positive.At least the AC is still going strong emoticon emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/19/2011 4:39PM

    My bread maker just quit, I am taking it as a message from on high. But yes, things don,t last as long as they did. All the fancy stuff inside makes them better to use but there,s more to go wrong.

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MARTHASPARKS 9/15/2011 7:47PM

    At least you are loved and have a granddaughter like Aliyah! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/15/2011 10:55AM

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MNOT2THICK 9/14/2011 11:50PM

    I'll throw a tantrum for you. Keep the faith.

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SHASSYSUE2 9/14/2011 10:18PM

    Hang in there Girlfriend!!!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/14/2011 9:14PM

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Ya, that's not pleasant.
I've got a hubby that insists he'll fix everything...he's still fixing #1 broken vacuum and #2 is now dead. Sweeping the rugs is so very old.

You know I think you've had your fair share of broken things for a while...no more for you!

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FRAN0426 9/14/2011 8:49PM

    I know for us that ever time we had a little chunk of money( from taxes) some appliance or the car needed repair or replacement. Now that we are senior citizens I keep hoping nothing will need a major repair or replacement before we decide to sell our home. We did by a new car so hopefully that should do us for some time. Nothing lasts long enough like it did years ago. Poorer quality of materials and higher prices.

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TRESSWANN 9/14/2011 7:56PM

    I believe in the car god. Years ago my bff learned this lesson. Never ever mention that you have any kind of money around the car. it hears you and eats it and more. and I am beginning to believe in the appliances. Didn't sleep well Sat got up way too early on Sunday so coffee machine broke!

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BARBAELLEN 9/14/2011 3:04PM

    Okay, so they say things happen in threes, right? If so, you're out of the woods for a while!
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MAMAG476 9/14/2011 2:06PM

    If only I had a magic wand. Maybe you just need a nap. But whatever you do quit touching stuff. I am beginning to think it is you. Not really but just in case dont touch the dog. Love ya. Things will get better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cancer does not have to be in your family for you to have it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I have had three bouts with cancer!The first was cervical,then skinx2!Yesterday,sadly I lost a dear friend that had NO cancer in her family.She was 45.She went to the Doctor too late and it had spread through her body.If I reach one person today that listens to old wise tales about cancer,You CAN get cancer with No family history.We wont catch it all before its too late but,I'm damned sure going to try on my behalf.My Grammy died of cancer that originated in her cervix.None of her family had cancer!!Marciella my friend,left behind a husband,3 kids,3 pets,relatives and friends that adored her.I got the privelege of being there when she left us.I'm sad,but happy I got to know her and will remember her loving kindness that made us friends!I care so much about each of you,and hope you will not be too fearful of the unknown like alot of people are!...... emoticonSUSAN

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/19/2011 4:32PM

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MOBYCARP 9/13/2011 8:29PM

    This is a poignant reminder to me. A few weeks ago, my oldest sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. The way she tells it, she found a lump, spent a month in denial, and then got it checked out. Good prognosis, everything is going well so far.

What I remember is that practically her first action after getting the diagnosis was to send out an email. The strongest concern in that first email was that all her female relatives should know that they no longer can say there's no cancer in the family.

I"m grateful she didn't dismiss it, got it diagnosed early, and that it she should be with us for quite a few more years.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 9/13/2011 6:07PM

    Susan: I'm so sorry for your loss and the loss your friends family is feeling. Thank you for reminding us how precious our bodies are. Pat

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ARLENE_MOVES 9/13/2011 5:33PM

    What a good person you are... and thank you for reminding us all that we need to check out any concern. My son, two years ago, had a bump on his right hand, middle finger. It ended up being a very rare type of cancer and the only way to stop it was removal of the finger. He's doing well now, except for the ghost finger feeling. There is cancer in my family so we check everything!

Thanks so much for being who you are!!!

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BARBAELLEN 9/13/2011 2:51PM

    Susan, you are a great friend! So sorry for your loss.

You've generated a couple of important reminders through this blog. First, too many people miss the opportunity to SURVIVE because they let the disease go on too long before they get treated. Also, let me add to your reminder that cancer doesn't have to be in your family in order to have it. Not only does it NOT have to be in your family, MOST people who are diagnosed have no family history. In the case of breast cancer, family history is a risk factor, but 90% of those diagnosed have no family history. You're so right that there needs to be encouragement across the board, not just for those who have a family history as an incentive for getting screened.

Thanks for the reminder.
xxoo

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SHASSYSUE2 9/13/2011 1:57PM

    A wonderful reminder for all of us!!! What a fabulous way to honor your friend!!! Bless You!!!!

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PSEUDONURSE 9/13/2011 12:11PM

  This is so true! At the "ripe old age" of 34, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There was no other family history of it. I had a mastectomy and reconstruction, followed by chemotherapy, and I am happy to say that it has been 16.5 years. Unfortunately, 3 years ago, my brother (!) was also diagnosed with breast cancer. We went from no history to a really bad history. He was extremely lucky that when he found the lump in his breast he did not dismiss it like most men do. He realized there may be a connection and went to the doctor immediately. Unfortunately, most men who find lumps in their breast don't make that connection and by the time they go to the doctor, it is too late. We do need to get this message out there. Thank you for trying to educate as many as possible.

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MR54BLD54 9/13/2011 11:46AM

    Remember your friend with smiles and laughter. Thank-you for your most moving message.

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I had 2 bad days but,Im back!

Monday, September 12, 2011

When it rains,it pours in my life!First,Kayla forgot to turn off the water in the sink and flooded the kitchen.Next,our neighbors lawn caught fire and came very close to our home.Next,we lost power due to wildfires and our freezer thawed some and we had to throw out food!!Next,the car broke down(a minor thing)Next,my husband wanted me to bake 10 dozen cupcakes!Guess what?The oven baking element broke in half and not one place has the part in stock!!I tried to get on sparkpeople and the computer would'nt do anything(again a minor thing)the internet box was turned off accidentally.Today we are back in the hundreds but as soon as the sun goes down...Voila!it's like a Spring day!We ended up cooking on the grill and in the microwave for 2 days!I just got back from bathing the dog,drying her off and grooming her and she made a beeline for the dirt and rolled in it!!...... emoticonSUSAN

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/13/2011 12:05PM

    Sue, I'm glad you can smile through the storm still. Well done, you are a trooper!
Did you get the cupcakes done? I'm not even going to ask about the dirt-magnet dog ... emoticon

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SUECHRIS50 9/13/2011 11:42AM

    FIFI..the cupcakes are for a bake sale and the proceeds go to the children's cancer ward!!WOOHOO!And I got my oven repaired too!!

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RATFINKROB 9/13/2011 10:08AM

    Isn't that the way it always goes. We had a run where the hot water heater, air conditioner, and then the refrigerator went out. Not a fun summer.

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MAMAG476 9/13/2011 12:17AM

    wow! I wish I was there to help. Sounds like you had one hell of a busy day. Tomorrow will be better. I really dont think you could top that kind of day at least I hope not. I send prayers and my love. Hang in there you can do it. emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 9/12/2011 9:56PM

    I am sending a prayer up for you and your family!!! Satan Get Behind Thee!!!! Hang in there Girlfriend!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/12/2011 7:27PM

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/12/2011 3:47PM

    Wow you got to clean your kitchen floor and your lawn didn't catch fire! Sunds like a good day to me! Seriously though, good job on bouncing back from these setbacks. What's with baking 10 dozen cupcakes? That sounds like a major mission to me!
Here's something to help with the wildfires.
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RAINBOWCHOC 9/12/2011 2:03PM

    the joys of real life and not commercials!

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KDWM5156 9/12/2011 1:20PM

    Whoa - I thought I was the only one who had runs of luck like that!! Sounds like you made it through OK. Congrats! emoticon

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Riding in the car with boys!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

So my 17 year old tells me one day she was going to go to the mall after school and grab a bite with her"friends".I'm assuming that they are girls and boys.When she came home it was with 3 boys!!In your opinion is that a safe thing?She claims they have been her friends for 6 years.I trust her alot but,If they wanted to take her by surprise it would be easy!She thinks Im not trusting because they are boys.They are not your regular size boys either!!Am I being unreasonable or cautious??I'd rather her be safe than be sorry emoticonSUSAN

  
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BARBAELLEN 9/11/2011 9:08PM

    I agree that you're getting some sound advice here. Your daughter is only 17, and you need to know what she's doing, where she goes, and who she's spending her time with. I have to wonder how it is that she's been friends with these boys since she was eleven years old and yet it seems you haven't been aware of them until now? I know you want to trust your daughter, but you are responsible for watching out for her while she's still a child. I think you need to get to know the friends (boys or girls) she's out with. In this case, I think you have reason for concern.

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GLASSART43 9/11/2011 2:00AM

    There is some great advice here. Really getting to know her friends as individuals is important. I'd also be concerned about who's doing the drivng.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 9/10/2011 11:54PM

    It doesn't matter the size of the boys, creeps come in all sizes.

Sue, I was 17 and raped by my 'friend' of 8 years. There was only one of him.
Childlike faith that boys see friendship as wholesome and playful as girls do is a recipe for disaster. The only reason a girl allows herself to be alone with 3 young men is because she craves the attention and affirmation. It is only a matter of time before boundaries are crossed. Either she'll be experimenting with her sexual prowess and have things under her control, or she won't be so fortunate. Either way, she has to to face reality that 1:3 is too much sexual tension and she needs to care enough about herself to take safety precautions.
My mother tried to warn me...I ignored her. She ended up taking me to counseling for a year.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/10/2011 11:38PM

    I'm old school, I would not have been happy emoticon Plus these days you just really never know. You hear some crazy stories.

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MARVEEME 9/10/2011 10:58PM

    She's 17, but she's known them since she was 11, therefore, you must already know them too. If you don't already know them, then there is a bit of a problem. You need to get to know them, and fast. If this is the case, keep your eyes and ears open, and choose the right moment to discuss your worst fears with your daughter, respectfully and with love and support.

I always got along better with the guys than the girls at that age, so it was not uncommon for me to be the only girl in the group. I, in turn, was treated like one of the guys and looked at my male friends like brothers, nothing else. We girls know how to shut a guy down if we're not interested in "that" type of relationship, and the guys get it. This really could be just a group of friends, but if you don't know them yourself, start to create a place at the house for all of them to hang for awhile. Go as far as to invite them to a special gathering, maybe for a political discussion. You may discover they're as upstanding as your own, and that she has good taste in friends.

Blessings

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SHASSYSUE2 9/10/2011 9:43PM

    As a Mom I can understand your concern!!! Even though they have been friends of hers, do you know any of them??? I mean really KNOW them, not just in passing?? I can honestly say I had more friends at that age, that were boys, but my Mother would have questioned going with a group of them, without any other girls going as well.... I am an extreme worry wart, however, if my son wanted to go out with a group of girls, I would let him, but not in a car with them!!!! I am probably no help..... Sorry.... Shannon

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