Never say, “Never.”

I’m usually pretty consistent in never saying “I’ll never…” You know, “I’ll never do this,” or “I’ll never do that.” Whether in reference to raising my kids or being rude to a waiter, the concept is the same. Well, never say, “Never.” I said I would never write a blog, and yet, here I am. I’ve spent years working on becoming NOT a perfectionist. Though grammatical errors really annoy me. Especially my own. That can create problems for a perfectionist. I also have made a point NOT to compare myself to others. Of course this may be my first, and last, post which would solve both dilemmas. I don’t like being boxed in. In addition to my aforementioned proclamation, my family has an unusually high percentage of excellent writers. Somewhere around 100%.
My husband, Glen, has written 2 books “Busy and Empty,” and “The Abiding Cycle.” My daughter, Mattie writes beautifully and can move me to tears almost immediately. Which, considering that I rarely cry, is saying something. Her husband Jake writes wonderful short pieces ( and My son, Todd, is not only a great persuasive writer but also has been writing wonderful creative songs for years. (Todd Whatley and the Frontmen) So it seems futile to make the attempt. Then it occurred to me that I could write it for me And I guess for my sister Mandy also. She has my sense of humor and would enjoy it even if no one else does. As a side note: She is also a better writer than I am. Frankly, I’m almost talking myself out of having a blog, but I hate to waste effort.
As a parting disclaimer/warning, I will leave you with this thought from J. J. R. Tolkien: “But I warn you, if you bore me, I shall take my revenge.” One of the advantages of the written word over the spoken word is that you may stop reading. I occasionally feel and am in fact, as evidenced by this post, long-winded. If you were with me in person you could: A) pretend to listen or B) actually listen. Fortunately, you have a third option. C) Stop. Do not pass “Go.” Do not collect $200. It’s better than revenge. Just say, “No,” is applicable in numerous instances. This may very well be one of those instances.