My intent is to share with you 10 things I know for sure that I don’t know. Please understand, I know for sure that I don’t know more than 10 things. I am not making a claim that there are only 10 things I don’t know for sure I don’t know.
Should I add the fact that you don’t know what I am trying to say to my list of things I know for sure that I don’t know? Then again, I don’t know if you do know what I am trying to say. Well, add that unknown to the list of things I know for sure that I don’t know.
Not knowing things is confusing! I hope I know more and don’t know less in my next life. I also want to live in Maine in my next life. But, because I know for sure that I want to live in Maine in my next life, the information does not belong within a post specifically about things I know for sure that I don’t know. You know?
The number one thing I know for sure that I don’t know is whether or not you are suppose to begin a list of 10 things beginning with one and counting up, or if you are suppose to begin a list of 10 things beginning with 10 and counting down. I know for sure, I don’t know.
The number two thing I know for sure that I don’t know is why The Good Greatsby has such a crush on me. He is happily married and owns a smoking jacket. I am happily married (to the Great Goodsby, in fact) and have Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in my freezer. Still, The Good Greatsby has a crush on me. If you go to his blog, you’ll see evidence of his crush all over the place. For example, he never mentions me, he does not write about me and he rarely visits my blog. I know, right? He’s so obvious. I know for sure, I don’t know.
The number three thing I know for sure that I don’t know is why I manage to get ice cream on my favorite shirts. Ice cream never drips on the shirts I don’t like. Why is that? I know for sure, I don’t know.
The number four thing I know for sure I don’t know is why – suddenly overnight – one random hair appears underneath my chin. No worries, you will never see it. I snag that bad-boy the instant I feel it. Pluck! It’s gone. But, I know for sure I don’t know why the random hair appears – suddenly, without notice.
The number five thing I know for sure I don’t know is why our dog Cherokee feels the need to bump people’s butts with her nose. We refer to her habit as ‘goosing’, and we warn ever guest of the pending ‘goose’. Still, I know for sure, I don’t know.
The number six thing I know for sure I don’t know is why – as a kid – I insisted I was told when to go the bathroom prior to getting in the car. Without fail, whether we were going to church, going on vacation or going to a fabric store, I had to have my Mom tell me when we were getting ready to walk out the door and get in the car, so I would know it was time to go potty. I know for sure, I don’t know why I insisted on such a thing.
The number seven thing I know for sure I don’t know is why a mouse suddenly appearing in my car – while I am driving – doesn’t bother me, but a tiny spider crawling across my desk makes me leap up instantly and scream. Why? I know for sure, I don’t know.
The number eight thing I know for sure I don’t know is why my son will eat spaghetti at my friend’s house but not at his house. I make the exact same spaghetti the exact same way, and my son claims he does not like it. I know for sure I don’t know.
The number nine thing I know for sure I don’t know is how my son can manage to not suck his finger all day, yet the instant he gets hold of his snuggly – the thumb goes straight into his mouth. Literally – the instant. You can take the snuggly away, and you’ll see his thumb come out of his mouth. You let him touch the snuggly, and his thumb goes back in his mouth. Back and forth, back and forth – that instant – that frequent – in – out, just as a blinker goes on – off. I know for sure, I don’t know.
The number twelve thing I know for sure I don’t know is how I managed to get two jobs doing bookkeeping, when numbers and math were and still are my most feared subjects.
Now for something completely different. In advance, I am apologizing to you for preaching.
Wait! Hold on a second, I’m not preaching religion. Promise! All you atheists and agnostics can read this post with no fear of me using religion. Promise. In fact, I’ll replace the form of the word ‘preach’ with nag.
In advance, I apologize for nagging. (Is that better?)
Later today, Friday August 12th, I am answering phones during a Care-A-Thon benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Children’s Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Service. I also answered phones yesterday. This is my second year volunteering with the Care-A-Thon. I volunteer, because I believe in the cause, and I believe children need the support of their elders. Furthermore, I am making an investment in Children’s Healthcare, should my own kids need care in the future.
While answering the phones yesterday, I received two calls from two different parents. Tracy C. informed me that his son was diagnosed with Leukemia in March of this year (2011). Tracy expressed his gratitude for the support Children’s and the Aflac Cancer Center has given his son and their entire family. Tracy made a donation on behalf of his family and in honor of his son.
Another caller was a Penny S. She first told me about her daughter’s friend and neighbor, who was currently battling terminal brain cancer. She said her 7yr old daughter was doing all she could to help her friend. Then, while trying to hold back her tears, Penny let me know that her 7yr old daughter was just diagnosed with brain cancer, too. Penny donated to the Aflac Cancer Center last year, during the Care-A-Thon, in honor of her daughter’s friend. This year, Penny donates to support her own daughter.
Marlo Thomas’ Dad, Danny Thomas, started St. Jude’s Children’s hospital. During St. Jude’s donation drives, I hear Marlo Thomas make the comment, “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”
As I sit and answer phones for the Care-A-Thon, I am in a constant state of giving thanks for the healthy kids in my life. And you better believe, I give on behalf of those who are not. Would you please give? If not to the Care-A-Thon, please give to a charity of your choice. Give today. Your support is needed.
“He, who helps a child, helps humanity with an immediateness which no other help given to human creatures in any other stage of their life can possibly give again.” Phillips Brooks