“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention: sit down and look comfortable.”
And the second is… be very busy.
I wear hats and use a walker… so this suggestion doesn’t work well with me. The earlier times of darkness is an opportunity to play with mobile lights! Find a clear plastic umbrella and place the string of lights inside! Lights up your image for drivers to see a pedestrian! At one time… I had some of these lights strung on a portion of my spouse’s and my walkers. Saved us! On a first day of snow! We were forced to take the last few busses of the day to get home from the hospital. Hospital bus stop is notorious for being so dark that people get missed.
As my mind sees a football field full of big burly bodies that look like… one sneeze (from one of them) could wipe out a wall of the stadium. And a tiny fly-speck of a coach… who is jokingly called – Tarzan.
I have two cats. One, Luna Tic, was intended to be my little fluffball. But she liked to hang out with my offspring the most. When the offspring disappeared (moved in with an on-line romance) little Luna was devastated. She then got into snuggling up with my spouse. I would find her under the covers, tucked in like a teddy-bear while he slept. When COVID took my spouse in 2020… the cats took it a bit harder then I did (I was in very bad shape!). I don’t think the cats have recovered. They follow me everywhere. No… I mean – EVERYWHERE! I think they fear that their last bit of ‘family’ will leave also! If you have family who still watch over you… and have moved in to make sure you stick around for a little bit longer… give them hugs from me! Me… and Luna Tic… and Spider-cat! :)
And someone comes along an presses the two leaves together in a big book!
Out of four… one comes true. That isn’t necessarily skepticism. More like bad statistics! Or bad placement of three signs! :)
The joys of having an adventurous life – having a friend who reads to you at your bedside!
And I was hoping it was The Macarena! ;)
It is not necessarily a Southern Expression. It is mostly a mispronunciation of a child trying to interpret the world. A mother might refer to her mother as My Ma. Warp it to a child’s tongue… MeMa.
It is how we got “Buzz” Aldrin! Buzz is a mispronunciation of the word Brother. His original name is Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr.
Or His Holiness will be very appreciative of being rescued!