Mary Beth Writes

Have you ever concentrated so hard at your laptop that when you finished your project and got up, you took your computer glasses off, set them on the desk, picked up your regular glasses and carried them out of the office wondering why you couldn’t see?

Have you ever stood in front of the mounds of zucchinis in the grocery store in August, stabbed through the heart because you used to make zucchini-egg patties for your kid at the end of each summer but that kid is now 35 and living in another state and you don’t even have a word for how you feel?

Have you bought a “perfect’ gift for someone when it is not Christmas or their birthday, so you take it home and put it in a safe place and you find it wo years later?

Have you ever walked slowly through a dark room so that you don’t trip over the cat, except you haven’t had a cat in years?

Have you ever put on long underwear under your heaviest pants, plus your Icelandic sweater, plus your biggest, fattest down coat and then gone outside to discover today is 50 degrees warmer than yesterday?

Have you ever driven yourself to a Woman’s March while unconsciously humming “I enjoy being a girl?”

Have you ever put on jean that more-or-less fit but seem to have become somewhat misshapen only to realize you put on your partner’s jeans?

Asking for a friend.

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ALL of the above...as well as a few others!

Absolutely. I say it Loud and proud! Patricia/FL

Ha. Made me laugh! Yes to all of the above and like Helle - a few more!

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