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Mix-spelled Emotions

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Not sure who implanted this idea, or why they still believe it, but 50% of my parents think “LOL” is an acronym for “Lots of Love.” If you’re also under the same spell, let me un-spell-it-out for you: LOL = Laugh Out Loud. It’s not a big deal to me; actually, it’s kind of entertaining. Sometimes I would go so far as to say, inspiring.¬†For instance, let’s say they email me with some bad news. I’m sure we can all relate to losing a pet… We had to put Fluffy to sleep this morning. She was getting too old to move around and it’s been very hard for your father to deal with cleaning up all of her messes from not making it to the litter box on time. I know he would really like to hear from you. Stay in touch. LOL, [signature] And then, the sun comes out from behind the clouds. I don’t like being the bearer…

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Share More, Thanks

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I began writing this last December, but finally feel it’s time to share…. Today, I was among the few recipients of a touching and overwhelmingly kind email from someone very dear to me. —— I want to express my appreciation and love to you. I know e-mail is a bit impersonal…I would much rather be with you face-to-face, but it is what we have. This past year has been really difficult for me with finishing school and moving to a new city. I have had a lot of fear around me “growing up” and venturing out on my own, leaving the comfort of school, and having you all so far away. Regardless, it is the knowing that you are supporting and loving me where you are…that knowing keeps me strong and happy. It has been ten years since [mom’s]¬†death, and we all have seen so much happen. I pretend…in my mind, imagine her at those moments. I cry because I…

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Paraguay, Day 8: Finale

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EARLY MORNING – OUTSIDE – PERRELLA-PRIETO RESIDENCE After dancing, drinking and having a great time watching football with the family (and new friends) – and finally convincing the DJ to play one song I could sing and dance to, I arrived back to Meli & Jorge’s house. Went upstairs, removed a somewhat damp shirt (63% due to the early morning humidity), and laid down in bed. Lights out. I tried sleeping in, but ended up getting up at 11, (looking back, this is sleeping in for me), to go to the pool at Meli’s parent’s house, where I was offered an all-natural Passion Fruit drink, which I accepted. Naturally. Cecilia, Meli’s mom, brought it back and it was one of the strongest “mixed” drinks I’ve ever had. I quoted “mixed” because it was fruit-colored alcohol. CUE: numb tongue. (Say that repeatedly until your words get tied.) This was the second Brazilian drink I was introduced to while in Paraguay. The…

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How-To: Line Dance

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People always talk about a line we’re not supposed to cross, (but many of us want to). Albert Einstein said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” I try to make a mistake on a daily basis, but I never regret anything. If you learn from your mistakes, then you can surely avoid those situations pegged “regrettable” in the future. To that end, I sometimes cross the invisible line. Feel like you’re ready to do the same? I will use a recent story from my life to create an anecdote out of the steps one needs to take when effectively crossing the line. Situation with line arises. My brother and his wife just had a baby girl. The proud father takes a picture of baby girl and sends to family members who have yet to meet her – namely me. Say/do exactly what you feel like saying/doing. This is usually the first thought you have….

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Flighting Connections

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The emotions people experience after touchdown and prior to takeoff are not documentable. Family, friends and significant others have various ways of materializing the standard hello/goodbye into something much more tangible than the familiar two-syllable exchange. Inbound, I notice smiles, laughter, high-fives, handshakes, and running (sometimes) combined with an aerial hug and kiss. For variety, a three-quarter, or full spin is added, (and can even be followed with a smooch session, or hand-holding). Some are just simple head nods – usually between bros. Outbound, I observe aggressive waving, extended [group] hugs, low-fives and long kisses goodbye, many times combined with ocular condensation and/or the repeating, 15-degree shoulder twist. Feet remain stationary, while everything north of the knees rotates on a vertical axis back and forth. Bros exchange a fist bump, handshake hug or just a simple “later”. I people watch as all of this happens around me, traveling from gate to gate on the horizontal escalator….headphones in, with my music…

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I Missed A Lot

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This weekend was supposed to be an awesome time with family, but Mother Nature had to come along and change that. I made it from AUS to ORD almost incident-free. There was about a twenty-minute delay at takeoff due to the weather surrounding the Chicago area. The pilot claimed that the weather was subsiding – not the case at all. We landed in what can only be described as the eye of the storm and as I stepped off the plane, I noted how crazy/busy Chicago’s O’Hare Airport seemed. I had about ninety minutes before my next flight from ORD to ROA, so I leisurely made my way from gate to gate, stopping for an airport-priced Cobb Salad on the way. As I approached the hallway housing my destination gate, I felt a gust of hot air and smelled the indoor campground that were the F and G gates. With about an hour to spare, I took a seat among…

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