Notes from Jan

School’s Open

August 27, 2018

Ogden Nash wrote, “Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you.”

Been there.

Sometimes I’m asked to join an advisory group.  “We need your wisdom”, which is open to interpretation.

On the other hand, who wants to simply bide time while aging, unless you’re a cheese or wine.

To live purposefully until we live no more is both a challenge and a choice.

John McCain lived purposefully until he died.

As tributes pour in honoring Senator McCain,  even political enemies laud his integrity, humor, principle over party, service over self. I voted for Obama but appreciated McCain’s role in the senate, love for and service to his country.

We have lost a good man in a bad time in America.

Who will take his place,  or have we grown so conflicted, numb or risk averse when a call comes, we hope it isn’t for us?

Perhaps this is a tipping point, when an example of good and honorable takes us back to school to study civics and civility, to examine what went wrong and how to make it right or better.

Last week the Grand girls and I went back-to-school shopping and lunching.  After a full day, I was thankful for my new knee. Maggie and Kate were, too.

“Momo, you used to walk like a snail, now you’re more like a snapping turtle.”

I thought, “When you’re going downhill, you pick up speed.”

At lunch, we  split a napoleon.  Kate took her portion and licked out the filling and strawberries, leaving a stack of puffed pastry on the side.

When I asked what’s up, she said, “I’m sharing the hope.”


Hope that someone would want what she didn’t!

It takes more than hope to right a wrong, to make better what’s gone bad in relationships, in our country and world.

School’s open.

Are we?





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  • Reply Linda Moore August 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Just keep in mind dear Jan that wine and cheese IMPROVE with age….take note!

  • Reply Jan August 29, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    I’m taking note, Linda. Thanks.

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