(Hard, 2 pts): Quote Maya Angelou
(Easy, 1 pt): Mention a past U.S. president
As a child, I was called 'kazenoko', a Japanese word for 'child of the wind'. I'd go outside, and even on windy days, whether to ride a bike, fly a kite, jump through puddles, I'd come back home with wind kissed cheeks. I'm also born under the sign of Aquarius, the water bearer. I don't know if these attribute to the fact that I love rain storms. Thunder and lighting with it all. I still park in the back lot, to walk the long way into the store, even if raindrops keep falling on my head, as Colleen sings, just like in that scene in the movie, you know the one.
Anyway, the cold rain hitting my skin, is exhilarating to the point that my blood cells flow quickly, straight through my blood vessels. Some people really think that I'm kind of a nut, sometimes, but, you know, I don't care. You have to live life. Irene would tell us that this type of gallivanting in the rain can make us sick, and no one wants germs running through their system.
Another pastime that I used to love, was baseball/softball. It was kind of neat to be on a team like that, because even in life, you can apply the concept of the game to everyday things. As social people, our friends are like different people on our team, because every friend has a special place in your life. They become your life family, because we all need to be accepted, even aside from our blood relations. And think of it when we are ill. Not just a cold, but REALLY ill. With health care, you are the pitcher, and your doctor is the catcher. The nurses, medical & nurses assistants, specialist doctors, and everyone else are your in-fielders, out-fielders, base men, and what not. Without the team, we may not make it through our ailments.
Even with all of our daily grind, stresses, ailments or what not, Jessica gives us good advice when she points to this Maya quote "I've learned that you can't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back". And it's true. You can't win a ball game with a mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw the ball to the proper teammate. So even though I'm too old and out of shape to play the real game, at least I have it in my blood to play the life game of ball.
And while I do appreciate the smaller things in life, a pet peeve is stupid. I'm not including those "duh" moments that we all get. It happens to the best of us. And of course we occasionally do dumb things. But most of us don't do it normally, and most of the time it's because we're too tired, or it's an easy over-site to make, or an honest mistake. Those are fine. I'm talking about those who, no matter how you try to help them, teach, explain, discuss, reason, what ever, they just "don't get" what seems to be the sense that many of us learned at a young age... Yet they don't.
I love this Maya Angelou quote "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors". I am reminded of my Hungarian great grandmother. She was born here in the U.S., as far as I know, and was bilingual in English and Hungarian. She only went to school "til the third grade", because her help on the family farm was very needed. When my great grandfather, an immigrant straight from Hungary, came to her, didn't know English. They married, and they bought a blueprint for a good brick farmhouse. They built it with the help of friends, family and other local places. Mind you, this was probably about 120 years ago or more... They didn't have the modern machines, and this was in the boonies. They were behind in modern things than what the "city folk" have. My Great Grandma... 3rd grade education... A builder!?! Farmer!?! Butcher!?! All without even completing her primary education! That is SMART!
But it really irks me, when I hear people talk like they don't have a lick of sense... At all. As if these days we can't get the education? And these are people who live right here in the USA, making silly statements that Canada is south of the United States, when they really mean that there is a part of Canada that is further south on the latitude line than Wisconsin. Or when things are stated CLEARLY, and they read something in it that doesn't exist, then miss the obvious point. Totally. It's this type of thing, which seems to be spreading, is helping to lead to the down spiraling of culture and society. These are the germs clogging the natural flow in the figurative blood of our planet. I think that Nissemeth agrees with me that we need one of those deals to help the people in our country get back on our feet like what FDR did back in the depression.
Things will get better! I can feel the energy flow through my veins. Until then, life is a concert. You go to the ones that make you happy, because we all could use a brand new love, or at least refreshingly new with the current.