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Thank you John Prine for your masterful songwriting – especially “Souvenirs”. “I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
for they always bring me tears
I can’t forgive the way they rob me
of my childhood souvenirs.” (John Prine) I have been hanging onto things so tightly, memories, scraps of my childhood and it’s time to let go, really let go of some of these things which really make me more sad, I can’t change it. When things would get broken my mom would be so mad and sad. We didn’t have much and those broken things were from a happier time for her. She would wrap things up and put them in the China cabinet and save them. Mama died at 50, the things she saved were for nothing because she didn’t get to enjoy them. The lesson I took from that, I used everything. I brought out the few things I had from childhood and shared it with my children since they never knew my parents. Things get broken. I have one piece of my wedding china left, we used it all the time and had many happy memories with it even when we broke a dish. So this “aha” moment came when J and I went on the porch this morning and I saw my precious garden angel that my lifelong friend T gave me- broken! I loved it so much because she gave it to me. Immediately, J said he was sorry, maybe the cats knocked it off. We could fix it. I told him no that it was okay, I had enjoyed it and tossed it in the trash and gave him a hug. Keep the good memories, let go of the bad, especially broken angels.

By LC White

A place to return to my writing, to start amid the plethora of social media outlets, of which it’s hard to be heard, harder yet to believe the perfect selfies and perfect lives. I’m a Lover of four leaf clovers, wildflowers, second chances and lucky pennies. When that time comes, I hope to have left the world a little better than I found it. Let’s create, laugh and be kind to all.

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