June 11, 2012
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Naughty or nice?. Yep, you've been both this year. You've been nice because it's the right thing to do, it gives you a warm-fuzzy, and you want to make the world a better place.
Nobody packs a suitcase like you do.. A weekend away? No problem.
The game, as they say, is the thing.. It's the thing at your house, that's for sure. Ever since your child's friends started playing sports at school, it's been the No. 1 topic around. He craves competition.
When you were young, you couldn't wait to escape.. Your old hometown was boring.
Your dog gets the best of care.. Before you give him toys, you make sure the squeaker isn't a choking danger.
When you're gone, you'll leave behind many important things.
Your former classmate leads such an interesting life.. She told you this summer about the trips she took recently: Aruba, Paris, Johannesburg, Tokyo. She waves perfectly manicured hands as she describes partying all night, leisurely meals, Sundays with an unspoiled newspaper, and a fun job, unencumbered.. You hate her.. Yes
It gets dark earlier now, which means you reach for the lights earlier, too.
How well did you know the kids you played with?. Back when you were young, you might've said you knew them well.
Everybody looks different, but they haven't changed a bit.. The classmates at your reunion got older, that's for sure. Some have gotten a little wider, a bit grayer, too, and more lined than they were decades ago.
Some days, you hear a good story, and you pounce on it. You spin it to make it funny, bend the facts for more entertainment, and jump to conclusions to make it interesting. The truth might get stretched but when you're running a good tale, who cares?. Someone does --
It's 10 minutes after the hour, and you've done it again.
Nothing in life is ever as it seems.. The package of potato chips feels full, but you find 12 chips inside when you open it up. It appears that you've got plenty of money for vacation, then you actually get there.
The other day you met somebody who could change your life.. It may not happen immediately. You may not see life alterations for years, in fact. Right now, the two of you are in a get-to-know-you phase. But one thing's certain: this former stranger will be a
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Your noggin is plumb full.. You've got appointments crammed there, as well as directions, grocery lists, kids' schedules, weekend plans, and to-do's.. Your head is your calendar but it's also full of useless things: your junior high locker combination, a jingle from 1980, a recipe for sky-high-calorie
Your Mom is awfully tired of you.. She's tired of you running up and down stairs, in and out doors, from kitchen to bedroom. She's tired of your noise from video games, talky toys, TV shows and electronics.
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You've got your finger on the pulse.. You're quick on the draw, Johnny-on-the-Spot, the person with answers.
There's nothing fair about a fairy tale.
You'll always remember the breakup.. It started with a he-said, she-said moment forever burned in your mind. You remember where you stood, the words that were said (or not), the anger, and the queasy feeling that a mistake was about to be made but you didn't know whose
Mom says you're getting to be a big-enough kid.. This summer, she says, you're big enough to start making the family's lunches. She says you need to learn how to cook and make meals -- and that does not mean PB&J every day, either.. You learned a little
He's had many names.