Lake Woebegone and getting older

@sallypup (27048)
Moses Lake, Washington
April 4, 2017 11:26pm CST
Its as though I'm on one shore line of Lake Woebegone: I see across the deep water, calling, knowing no one can hear me scream for attention. I see the shadow of my Dad way over there. I see my older sisters over there. They're griping about not getting popcorn when they wanted it, being smacked for not being quiet when they were supposed to be asleep. Did all that happen? I wasn't even born when the nasty stuff happened if it did. If I could only paddle in a canoe across that lake, paddle quickly back to childhood, I'd ask Dad: were you angry cause you were in pain from your smoking and your ulcers and bad back? Hey Dad, did you really cook in a restaurant when you were young, there on the Oregon coast and hey, did you drive a logging truck and most of all, did you honestly, really, break broncos in Montana? Broke them to ride? Is that why you could walk up to a pasture of horses and they would all run to you as if they'd known you forever? But here I am unable to paddle a canoe, a physical canoe. So I must head out, doing my best to be the elder, the one providing good memories for the next generation. I must attempt to be a role model, someone to remember, even if its only me showing them how NOT to make a canoe propel in water.
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@Jessicalynnt (47846)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Apr 17
wow, that made me sad, and made me want to write down things, and get gram to talk and write down things, before no one remembers.
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@sallypup (27048)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Apr 17
@Jessicalynnt Yes, run over to Gram and record her and write her wisdom down for the ages. You need to do that. Now not later.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Apr 17
@sallypup I will have too, when we visit, sadly that wont be for a time
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@sallypup (27048)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Apr 17
@Jessicalynnt It will be hard to find the time but write her a letter and encourage to write back.
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@celticeagle (118210)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Apr 17
Do you know the radio show and the guy talking about Lake Woebegone? Great stories he would tell. My ex and I used to listen to it on the college radio station.
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@sallypup (27048)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Apr 17
@celticeagle Good old Garrison Keilor. He retired last year. I miss the old duff. I miss the show Prairie Home Companion.
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@celticeagle (118210)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Apr 17
@sallypup .....I loved listen to him. I have his book. Great fellow.
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@andriaperry (50496)
• United States
5 Apr 17
Unanswered questions, we all have them.
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