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Marsha, Peggy and Randy Morris circa 1969
  • You’re going to make mistakes. Laugh at them rather than cry for more than a minute. The more embarrassing they are the funnier.
  • Don’t apologize for everything. Make amends when possible. Move on.
  • Don’t waste your time trying to make everyone love you. Move on if they don’t or if you don’t.
  • Don’t worry about blemishes on you or anyone else. They go away. Wrinkles are coming!
  • Don’t stop exercising as you age. Develop your arms as well as your legs.
  • Stick with your educational plans. Get it done! Don’t give up! You got this girl!
  • Love your brother. He’s your closest relative. Ask what he’s thinking. Listen.
  • Don’t envy beautiful people. Their lives are not easy either.
  • Be thankful. You’re alive. You have food, clothing, shelter, and a family that loves you.


My blogging friend, the Eternal Traveller wanted me to share my skating story written in 2012 and again in 2021 along with some advice about not falling, which I did about 2 months after the post.

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  1. Skating? I think you made a hasty reference to that a few years back. I didn’t pickup on it. WoW! Jack grew up in New England where most of the young boys started skating while young. He’s very good. My legs aren’t strong enough. Yes. I can remember how impatient we were with mother when she insisted each Christmas that we take photos. I’ve put them all in an album, and I’m eternally grateful to her. Rest her soul.

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    • And you have some great pictures! Yes, I earned my Gold Medal or Gold Bar skating, which was as high as you could go. I wanted to be a professional skater at one time.


  2. Marsha, these are very wise words to your younger self! πŸ˜€ Oh, how younger us are always mortified at making mistakes only to realise much later that these are such precious, funny, moments that will live on through our stories!

    I love the photo of you skating – looking quite the pro! Sorry to hear you’ve had a fall and hope all is okay.

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    • Thanks, Annika. I did have a fall, one of many in my life, but that wasn’t what caused me the problem. I tore my meniscus playing pickleball – just twisted my knee. Being immobile for a while caused me to develop deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. That was what did me in. Not that falling is great, but the two accidents happened about two weeks apart. You can imagine that as a skater, I fell quite a bit. LOL

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    • Yes, my dad was a semi-professional photographer as well as an engineer. Going on photo shoots with him was one of my favorite memories with him. However, I hated him taking pictures of me! I’m glad now that he did. πŸ™‚

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  3. I remember seeing that skating photo before. It was in the first post of yours I ever read and was all about your skating days. I laughed until I cried. Do you still have that post? You should post it again. It was brilliant.

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  4. As we would have said in those politically incorrect times, she’s got legs that go all the way up to her backside. πŸ™‚
    My variation on your last line would have been ‘You have food, clothing, shelter, and a family that will never understand you. Get out while you’re still alive.’ πŸ˜‰

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    • LOL. I was lucky – we sort of did just that. My dad took those pictures, but he was there on vacation. The three of us left when I was 15. It was quite an adventure. But I ended up getting a B in spite of all that in Dad’s grading system at the end of his life. My husband and brother both got A’s and poor Mom got an F. She was devastated. The attorney laughed when he gave us dad’s binder diary. I have it still. Very funny in a very sad way!

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    • You notice that I’m not listening, though. I just want to get out of there. Dad is probably saying something live move closer together. You can tell Randy just did or said something naughty or silly. Mom’s expression is priceless. πŸ™‚

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        • Probably that Dad was telling us to do something or that Randy was trying to be funny and I was disgusted with both of them. I probably WAS in a hurry to get where we were going. And I hated having my picture taken. LOL. I wasn’t the most patient person in the world. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Cee. You can see I wasn’t too happy with having my picture taken and the whole family thing. I’m glad now I have it. I don’t have very many.





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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