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A Blatant Ad for my Sister’s Book

20 Sep
A Blatant Ad for my Sister’s Book

The thing I hate most about being old is dealing with my own grouchiness.

Sometimes I don’t even know what causes it. I’ll be in the middle of a million little tasks (okay, I exaggerate. I’m not a multi-tasker. I can’t handle more than two things at once), and I’ll suddenly get mad because one of those things just isn’t going my way. I mean … unreasonably upset, kick-a-chair-leg pissed off. The printer is out of ink and I forgot to buy some. Adobe Acrobat has crashed (again) and I’ve lost all changes I made in the last hour. I’ve been waiting two days for an interview source to call me back and he chooses to finally do so while I’m in the bathroom. Or my favorite … I’m in the bathroom when the phone finally does rings and I rush to answer it only to get a pre-recorded message about carpet cleaning.

I want to be the cool, calm, collected individual who simply breathes deeply and deals with it. Unfortunately, I am the loud-mouthed grumpy gal who never takes things out on people, but gives holy hell to machines and office furniture. My dogs have learned to accept this situation—they know when I grumble and swear it usually has nothing to do with them. They lift their heads from their paws, give me a bored look and lay back down again with a “it’s-only-mommy-again” sigh.

I am connecting this phenomenon to aging for two reasons: 1) it seems to have gotten exponentially worse as the years have passed, and 2) I tend to blame everything bad in my life these days on how old I’ve gotten.

I have no magic solution for my fellow friends who are in the same boat. If they’re my friends, they are likely as ancient as I am. So I’ll offer a solution to the next generation (or maybe the grandchildren of the next generation. I really am ancient.) Buy my sister Allyn M. Stotz’s latest children’s book, Grumpy Kyle. It’s one of my favorites because of the lesson it teaches you: its all a matter of how we look at life.

And now I’m off to the bathroom to await a really good offer on carpet cleaning. Guess I’ll take her book for some calming reading material. — Genilee Swope Parente

 

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “A Blatant Ad for my Sister’s Book

  1. allynstotzyahoocom

    September 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Yep, we are sisters for sure. I, like you, don’t beat up people…but things…better watch out! I’ve thrown many many things across the room plenty of times. I blame Dad. lol Anyway, I’m glad you were grumpy when you wrote this because I got some free advertising! Thanks, sis. Now that you did something nice for someone, you can SMILE!!

     
  2. swopeparente

    September 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I was smiling when I wrote it. I really do like the book, Al. Like I like all your books. I like the lessons you’re teaching kids. And in this case, it was a big kid that needed the lesson.

     

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