Skip to content

The Old Can’t Do Attitude

December 13, 2013

I read recently (I’m no longer a reader…it was in Real Simple)  that Lucille Ball said it is more important to know what you can’t do than to know what you can do.  I have been thinking about this all day, and though I am still not sure why anyone would think this a jolly quote to put on the spine of the festive holiday edition of Real Simple, but it did motivate me to think of all the things I can’t do.  Such as costumes.

Although the Hand in Hand Christmas Program announcement has hung proudly on our fridge for weeks, I only just this week spotted the line that read, “Students should come in an angel costume.”  Or maybe I did read it and just blocked it out.

I don’t know what it is about costuming that is so daunting to me.  I’d rather do almost anything else.  Tell me I have to make a costume: Whoa Nelly!  You will find me lying in bed with a cool cloth on my head.

Which is why on Tuesday, when I heard Phil ask Mary if she minded spending the day at our house as he was needing the car, I (inwardly) began to cackle.  Mary Olson: my prisoner for the day!

The feeling I get when I think about Mary Olson is very similar to the feeling I get thinking about Theresa Bulger.

1477412_10152091972449532_416106869_n (1)-001

Poor Mary Olson, hunched over the sewing machine in my sweatshop for the rest of the day.  But not everyone can do this with an old, white sheet.

angel 533

angel 517 angel 530

About these ads
4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2013 2:39 pm

    Consistent, well-written, touching, humorous and insightful. The delightful pictures only add more icing on this cake. Ms Olson knocks another run out of the park. I stop what I’m doing when a posting comes my way. Merry (un-politically correct) Christmas. Thanks for the early presents. Mac

  2. December 13, 2013 2:43 pm

    If you need it, I have 2 sets of angel wings and a halo thanks to Halloween costumes!

  3. J Scruton permalink
    December 13, 2013 4:29 pm

    Pretty darn cute, good job on the fly!! (angel wings and all!)

  4. Aunt Brenda permalink
    December 16, 2013 6:00 am

    Kudos to Mary Olson, amazing woman and blessing to all. May the angels watch over her. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 87 other followers

%d bloggers like this: