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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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