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wishing you …

As this year fades to an end allowing the New to bloom and blossom, I thank each and every one of you for your visits here, my online living room. Most of all I’ve appreciated when you take time to leave me a note and times when you’ve touched my heart by sharing some intimate or meaningful moment from your life, present or past. Thank you.

Qualicum Beach, BC ©Diane M Schuller

This year I have two main wishes for you. First,

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.” — Maya Angelou

And, as always, the other wish I have for you:

“May your coming year be filled with
magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and
kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful,
and don’t forget to make some art –
write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year,
you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman

on the ferry ©Diane M Schuller

And, since it wouldn’t be me to ask for a story or engage in some manner of conversation, here is my final question to you to close out 2016 …

Without revealing your actual age, what is something you remember that if you told a younger person, they wouldn’t understand? (I’ll share a couple in the comments below with the rest of you!)

Qualicum Beach ©Diane M Schuller

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Diane - January 1, 2017 - 11:07 am

How about:
where did I put my go-go boots?

waiting for the teacher to bring the mimeographs.

Diane - January 1, 2017 - 11:09 am

Unwind the camera and change the film, get the negatives and print it on glossy paper.

We need to adjust the rabbit ears to get better reception.

Cathy Hubmann - January 1, 2017 - 6:23 pm

We used to be on a party line!

Sherry - January 2, 2017 - 11:04 am

Writing down important phone numbers in the front lined page of the telephone book.

Susan - January 2, 2017 - 3:07 pm

Mangle-it was my job to turn the handle and squeeze the water out of the laundry before it was hung on the line. Then we got a spin dryer which seemed the last word in labour saving technology.

Lisa Gordon - January 3, 2017 - 11:44 am

What a beautiful post, Diane.
Thank you.
I wish you all of the most wonderful things for the New Year, my friend.

Jean Marie - January 3, 2017 - 12:48 pm

How about:

rolling down the windows in the car (which I’ve had to explain to both my 12 year old son and my 23 year old son)

changing the channel and tv volume with knobs…on the actual tv set

I still remember the appearance of the first fast food restaurant in the county I grew up in (in Virginia), it was a Hardee’s.

I could probably add more – but I don’t want to take up all of them 😉

Gabriele - January 7, 2017 - 8:35 pm

I remember a rotary telephone. No answering machine, no messages.