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15 in 5 : Hope and egg salad

April 17, 2013

Because I love a list. Especially a random list.

  1. Reentry is rough. The Boy asked if we get a vacation after our vacation. We needed one more day.
  2. I enjoyed the fact that so many of you became golf fashion police last week. The violation updates were numerous and appreciated. The two most notable outfits were the daisy duke cutoff jean shorts and the gentlemen in the University of Florida orange and blue pants/shorts.
  3. Who lost a bet? The only other explanation for those atrocious pants is that one of your wives found the pattern on Pinterest and thought it’d be cute for y’all all to match. She had to have sewn them. No other woman would’ve let y’all out of the house dressed like that.
  4. Does anyone else find it ironic that the dude arrested for heckling people because of their attire at the golf course was arrested (inside the course) wearing a t-shirt? Talk about living in a glass house. Probably shouldn’t throw stones.
  5. No matter what you think about all those visitors, our town looks pretty incredible this time of year. There are some idiots, including those who still yell “get in the hole!” when Tiger hits. The bigger idiot was the one who yelled “redonkulous” every time Jason Day was on the tee box. I’m not aware of any official contest, but he wins. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he goes back to his hours of DVR’d golf and shows his friends that somehow he’s even more of a fool than they. Actually, I wouldn’t. They can have that moment.
  6. There was great debate about the pimento cheese and chicken sandwich. I don’t typically eat either, but from what I saw, the pimento cheese was not the same, and the chicken was no more than a previously frozen chicken patty. I’ll stick with egg salad. Oh, and beer.
  7. I’ll admit to throwing away a few plastic cups out there. A tall stack is nothing more than evidence.
  8. Following such a wonderful week with my friends and family, the situation in Boston was jarring.
  9. Once again, we find ourselves in the wake of a terrible tragedy. The deaths and injuries are awful and shouldn’t be minimized.
  10. Unfortunately, the face of the marathon has changed forever. Athletes who once ran with optimism and pride will always have fear. The race, which has a deep history, continuing through two World Wars, will now be a memorial.  Patriot’s Day, a great day of celebration in Boston, will be a sad day of remembrance.
  11. I’m sorry for the Saudi student who was questioned after showing up injured at the hospital. Authorities say he was seen running from the scene. One, It was a marathon. Two, it was scary. Three, utter chaos ensued. Um, I’m no expert, and I’m certainly not a scientist, but all three of those lend to a little motion I like to call running.
  12. We had to explain yet another terrible something to our children. Their friends were talking about it. I don’t mind being up front with them. I do mind that these things are happening. When we were little, we worried about tornado drills and taking candy from strangers.
  13. An 8 year old was killed. As mine have waited for theirs after dozens of races, he was waiting for his daddy at the finish line. The Kids don’t know that part.
  14. So many have talked about “this next generation” and “kids today” with frustration. You know what? The Boy and The Girl give me hope. I hope the things they see now will cause them to act. I hope these shootings and bombings will remind them that life is precious. I hope they don’t live in fear because of the things they know. I hope they’ll learn from the mistakes and actions of others. I hope they know compassion.
  15. I choose hope. Cheers and God bless, y’all.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Carol Byess permalink
    April 17, 2013 8:47 pm

    Jenny, I love your #14!!! And you are n excellent, insightful, and funny writer! You make this former teacher very proud.

    • Jenny permalink*
      April 17, 2013 8:48 pm

      Thank you so, so much! It means a lot coming from you, one of my favorite teachers of all time!

  2. Pat Perry permalink
    April 17, 2013 9:10 pm

    Jenny is right. Where is my notebook?

    • Jenny permalink*
      April 17, 2013 9:14 pm

      Dadgummit, Pat. I still have it. 🙂

      • Pat Perry permalink
        April 17, 2013 9:33 pm

        Keep writing like this and you can have it. You’ll make it famous!

      • Jenny permalink*
        April 17, 2013 9:51 pm

        Well maybe I’ll hold on to it. Might be my good luck charm!

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