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Monday, November 22, 2010

What do I like about being back at work?

I get to take Friday off this week.

For the past 16 years or so, "Black Friday" has meant this is the day everyone gets to enjoy but me. I've had to work or I couldn't afford Christmas.  (Well it's never really been that bad, but it's felt like it.) But this year I get to eat leftovers at my own pace like everyone else. Pumpkin pie (weigh watchers be damned!) hre I come. And my granddaughters are coming and I can spend all my time with them if I want (although what they want to do is help S decorate.) That's all right; I can take pictures.


Happy day after Thanksgiving everyone. And enjoy the day before Friday by saying something nice to someone in your family. Oh heck, say something nice to all of them. There must be some reason they deserve it.

And here is something nice I want to say to someone special.

Originally posted Wednesday, October 21, 2009

If I Were Paris
Some nights this room is still on fire
As if you’d been a goddess then
And I a mortal dreaming you
Were human only to awake
And learn too late you were divine.

I’d dodge the lightning bolt that made
Anchises lame for having loved
You once and told. But you’re not here.

These myths weren’t meant to be believed.

If I were Paris, I’d refuse
The bribe you offered him and claim
Instead the right to watch the white
Foam rise at Paphos, see you step
Ashore as Flora welcomes you.

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  1. I'm glad you don't have to work on Black Friday. Having your granddaughters visit is even better. I too will be enjoying leftovers.

    Loved the poem.

    Have a terrific day and Happy Thanksgiving. :)

  2. Enjoy Thanksgiving and black Friday, Grandpa!

  3. Enjoy Thanksgiving and black Friday, Grandpa!

  4. If I'm not the someone special this was for, you got some splaining to do. . . <3