I Think I Did

Word of the Day Challenge: Wildly

A Black Cat Holiday, 1905. Illustration  by Charles Robinson.

Did I run?

Did I fall?

Did I yell, laugh, cry?

Did I make a sound on

those days I flew through the air as high as the trees

that I climbed when I was little

when I was fearless

when I lived wildly

and magic and curses were as normal to me as  peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches

topped with marshmello fluff.



The House Always Wins

Prompt: Monday Pet Peeve

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Just before Thanksgiving, way ahead of Christmas and New Years Eve people were warned to not get on those planes, to not fly all over the Country and to not celebrate the holidays with people who don’t live in your house.

So during that time,  on the news people were interviewed and they said things like, ‘they wore masks and they weren’t sick and they people they were visiting were fine’ so they felt they were being responsible and taking responsibility  for themselves’ and I guess they felt their reward for taking these so called actions was to be able to do whatever the hell they want.

One young woman I talked to on the commuter train I ride said she just ” had to be with her family ” so she was flying to California ( yeah, anybody see their numbers today? ) and then she sniffed and stiffled a sneeze.

Fast forward and guess what, Covid 19 is raging like a wilfire in the mountains during a draught  and there are pictures of freezer trucks for the dead  and bodies wrapped in plastic being carted out of the hospitals on the news almost every night and people still DO NOT EFFING GET IT.

So let me break it down.

I like to go to Vegas and I like to play the slot machines.

I usually break even and sometimes I win.

My secret: Every time I hit the spin button I say to myself:

” They house always wins. ”


Basically  I’m playing  it safe and my reward is watching a bunch of candy riding a roller coaster or I get to see a bunch of dalmatians jump on fire truck and put out a fire or a fisherman pulls up buoys and tells me what a great catch I got.

It’s fun in its own way and guess what, I don’t lose any money and I have a few laughs- but no way do I think  I’m beating the odds and winning.

On the other hand, every time you pull a jackass stunt and think you’ve got the odds figured out and you get on a plane and go to an event with a bunch of other people as ‘responsible ‘ as yourself, or you go blow out a bunch of candles on a birthday cake with five other people and then give hugs and eat cake off of the tableware you just spread your germs all over keep in mind:

You are taking a gamble, you are playing the odds but  it would be wise to say this to yourself:


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