Throwback Thursday — Boo Boos

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Lauren chose the topic of “ouchies, owies, and boo boos..” She wants to know…

  1. How did your family take care of minor injuries? Mercurochrome and bandaids.
  2. Did you have home remedies you used? In addition to Mercurochrome and bandaids, Bactine spray.
  3. What was the typical way to care for a cold or flu at your house? Bayer Aspirin for Children, chicken soup, and hot tea with honey.
  4. Were you pampered when you were sick/hurt or told to buck up and deal with it? My mother pampered me. My father told me to stop being a girl and to buck up and walk it off.
  5. When you got sick as a kid did you stay home, or did you have to go to school? Mostly stayed home.
  6. Did a parent stay home with you, or did you fend for yourself? They both worked, so I was on my own unless I was really sick, in which case my mom would stay home from work.
  7. Was a doctor visited when you had a minor injury or illness? Minor injury or illness? No, never.
  8. Did you ever have a major illness or injury growing up? How did it impact your life? As a kid I had measles, chicken pox, a partially collapsed lung, and miscellaneous broken bones. And I pushed through it. As a rather stoic adult, I tore my Achilles’ tendon, have tinnitus, occasional vertigo, lost the hearing in my left ear, and lost my sense of taste. As my my father told me to do, I walked it all off.

Thursday Inspiration — Always a Woman

Brenda was a teenager who was rather flabby. When she passed her schoolmates in the halls, there was always a lot of snickering behind her back. Her self-esteem was so low that she would come home from school most days crying her eyes out.

Brenda’s mother had talked to their family physician about a referral to a dietitian, and also suggested that Brenda start working out at a local gym. But Brenda would have no part of it. She thought it would be too embarrassing and resolutely refused.

One night her father came into her room. “All those mean girls who make fun of you at school are like pebbles on the beach. There is nothing special about any of them,” he said. “But you are like a pearl hidden inside of an oyster shell. No one can see your true value, but someday a smart, engaging, and beautiful woman will emerge from that shell. No one will tease you or talk behind your back anymore. And balance will be restored to the universe. At least, my sweet Brenda, to your universe.”


Written for Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the prompt is “woman.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (teenager), Word of the Day Challenge (flabby), My Vivid Blog (snickering), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (referral), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pebble), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (balance).

Thunder Road

The rumbling sound woke me up from my slumber. It sounded like the garbage truck was in front of my house, with the lumbering vibration of the truck’s engine and the noise of the mechanical arms reaching out to grab the bin, pick it up, and dump its contents into the truck. Then the sound of the motor again as the truck moved to the next house.

I looked at the clock on the table next to my bed. 6:50. Yeah, that’s about the time the trash, recycling, and compost trucks come by every Tuesday morning. But wait. It’s Thursday. I got out of bed, went to the kitchen, where my wife, who is always up before me, was preparing her oatmeal breakfast. “Did I just hear thunder?” I asked. She nodded.

I ran to the window and looked out. There were ominous looking clouds, but no rain. It was dry outside. Damn.

Thunder storms are few and far between where we live. A rarity. And because we are in the midst of a significant drought, rain would be a blessing. But in this case, there was thunder but no rain. So what good is having thunder with no rain?

Ah, Mother Nature, you’re quite the tease, aren’t you?

Truthful Tuesday — The Forefront of My Mind

Yes, I know it’s Thursday, but Frank, aka PCGuy, was late in publishing this week’s Truthful Tuesday posts, so I figured I could be late in responding. Anyway, this week Frank wants to know…

What issue or issues are forefront in your mind at the moment?

So many issues are at the forefront of my mind right now. Let’s see, where can I begin?

  • The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and what the implications of that act of aggression by Vladimir Putin will be for the nation of Ukraine and its people.
  • Related, the affect of that invasion on the global economy. More specifically, the American stock markets, where most of my retirement dollars are invested.
  • Whether it’s time to bite the bullet and get hearing aids, since I’m about 95% deaf in my left ear and about 40% deaf in my right ear. Can you please stop mumbling and speak up? Sheesh.
  • Whether my wife and I should adopt another rescue dog, since we lost our last dog in November 2020 and our cat this past January. My wife wants to. Me, not so much.
  • What the goddam Republicans are doing to my country.
  • Whether I should pay someone else to wash all of our windows or do it myself.

Okay, I think that about covers it.