Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Grow up!

This was sent to me by a dear friend - who knows me very well although we have never met.


I would love a unicorn - almost as much as I yearn to have a dragon (or two) in my world.

My inner child is frequently the largest and healthiest part of me.  And delights in frivolity, whimsy and magic.

And, speaking of health, I am sorry I have been largely absent from the blogosphere.  I had an unfortunate reaction to some medication and have spent most of the last fortnight dealing (not well) with constant nausea, headaches and uncontrollable shivering.  It is now nearly out of my system and I am looking forward to a cup of tea.  Normal service is about to be resumed.

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  1. Normal service sounds better than dealing not very well with all that stuff.

    And when people tell me to grow up (and they do) I just tell them I'll get my little friend Aileen the Alien to come round and scare them late at night.

    Anyways... growing up has not proved to be the best lifestyle development, I'd say. Back to the mind of a child would be an improvement. And I hope your improvement continues.

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    1. Don QuiScottie: Fortunately no-one bothers to tell me to grow up any more. Or I don't hear them. I am chortling at you (and Aileen) menacing anyone who is so foolish.

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  2. Yay! I've missed you! I'd also like a unicorn, and a dragon who breathes fire... I have someone in mind who could use a little heat under their feet...

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: Thank you. Or under their tails?

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  3. Dragons... sigh. I have always wanted one, and as a child was determined to have one when I grew up. I'm still hopeful about the dragon, but I'm not sure I want to grow up.

    I had missed you - glad to hear you're feeling a little better.

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. And yes, I would really, really like a dragon. Still.

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  4. Firstly, EC...I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell; but I'm happy to hear you're rapidly on the mend again. It's pretty bloody tough when medication makes you sick, isn't it?

    I love that little saying above...if anyone dares tell me to grow up...it'll be the last thing they say to me! ;)

    I'll just walk away and not bother with them again...that's what I was going to say! ;)

    Good to have you back, EC!

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    1. Lee: The doctor had warned me I might feel a little nauseous. He lied. He also told me that it would pass in a week at most. He lied again. Sigh.

      And no, I don't plan on growing up any time soon.

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  5. I'm with Lee: '...if anyone dares tell me to grow up...it'll be the last thing they say to me! ;)

    Sorry to hear you've had a reaction to your meds. It sounds positively horrible. Take care of yourself.

    Oh, and never grow up!

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    1. Wendy aka Quillfeather: It wasn't a lot of fun, and I am still not completely out of the woods - but soooo much better. And I think (hope) it is too late for me to grow up now.

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  6. Sorrty you've been feeling poorly.

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  7. I'm not sure I see much of a difference between a unicorn and a horse. I guess both would need to be groomed and cleaned up afterwards so meh. I'd rather have a goldfish.

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    1. Michael Offutt: No difference between a horse and a unicorn? Sigh. Unicorn's are self-grooming, no maintenance high magic beasties. The virginity requirement is tough though.

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  8. I sold my unicorn because the only place it would let me ride was sitting on its horn. Now, I ride a rhino.

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    1. Snowbrush: Why am I not surprised? Black or white rhino?

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  9. i tried growing up once. it's over-rated. let's make mud pies!

    hope you are well soon... amazing how de-railed we get when the body chemistry becomes messy! take care!

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    1. daisyfae: Mud pies? Count me in.

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    2. Mud pies? What about the crayon cake? Anyway, Canberra's short of water!

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    3. dinahmow: If I can dream of dragons and unicorns I can certainly dream of mud pies. Which don't preclude crayon cake. More fun - not less.

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  10. It's funny, when I don't hear from you in a week, I assume you are just carrying on as usual, and it makes me very sad to hear you were under the weather, and from something that was supposed to help! You, my dear friend, deserve to have that unicorn AND the dragons residing in your home. I'm putting in an order to the Higher Ups, so you can expect them any day. Sending you lots of hugs until then. :-)

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    1. DJan: Ooooh. Now those are deliveries I am really looking forward to.

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  11. So, so sorry to hear you've been so unwell. You have been missed.
    I hope you are feeling better with each new day EC.

    I spent all of my childhood with my nose in fantasy books to escape the dire reality.
    Now, even though I don't have as much time to read books, I have a world inside my head built on those richly adorned words, that I can escape to whenever I wish.

    As my unicorn carries me safely through the thick wooded forests, protecting my long gown hems from the mud, my dragon flies me stealthily in the night across the skies to other worlds only ever whispered of in dreams :)

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    1. Vicki: Oh yes. And I still read, and still escape. Often.

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  12. Hope the balance of the recovery is less eventful. Hard to stay on unicorns when your teeth are chattering!

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    1. Joanne Noragon: So that is why I kept falling off. Now it starts to make sense...

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  13. Oh my - I hope you are better quickly. I love the unicorn sentiment. What a wonderful friend you have there.

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    1. Lynn: She is a truly wonderful friend, and some day we will meet.

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  14. Oh you poor darling. Medications can be helpful but at other times they also have the power to kill you. My daughter dragged me off to hospital when she noticed one morning that I was slipping away. My heart medication was killing me. We do need to be the arbiters of what helps US and what is harmful and occasionally lay down the law with doctors who think they are gods. They are all too fond of prescribing pills but have no idea how they react with our bodies. After all we are all individuals and one man's meat can just as easily be another's poison. Be well, be happy and if our unicorn had not left us last year, I would suggest you come over and hug her and our wild wood is the sort of place that "there be dragons" . . . and lord knows what else, what with leprechauns sitting in my orchids and fairies dancing in the garden by starlight.

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    1. Arija: No wonder I yearn for your garden. I knew about the leprechauns and the fairies. I am sorry your lost your unicorn, and can well believe that 'here be dragons'. Magical, wonderful beasts.
      And yes, medication can be a huge mistake. And I once read (and it makes sense) that there are no side effects. They are all effects you just would prefer not to have some of them. It will be a chilly day in hell before I take that one again. A very chilly day.

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  15. Oh my, that had to be frightening. These drugs today have so many negative effects, and we really have to be careful. The pharmaceutical world has grown by leaps and bounds and although they have made great strides in extending life, they have also come up with drugs that have put us in jeopardy.

    A Unicorn would be lovely to have and the thought of flying off to the wild blue yonder with one is enchanting. However, a dragon is what nightmares are made of.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: It was a truly unpleasant fortnight. Slowly I am finding myself again.

      And I would love a dragon. We obviously read different literature. Or something. Wisdom, intelligence and power... And yes, a little danger too.

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  16. rhinos are just fat unicorns

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    1. Adam: I think you would get some arguments here about that definition. Unless of course you are as fond of rhinos as most of us are of unicorns?

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  17. I hope the shakes and nausea are gone by the time you read this, there's nothing worse than feeling like death is preferable to the way you currently feel. Cups of tea and a spot in the sun should help.
    I have many dragons in my life, witches too. Not real of course, one dragon is stone and the others are whatever they make them from for those cheap as chips shops.

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    1. River: I knew that you were a dragon fan. Today is the first day that tea hasn't made me feel very unwell. And I was shivering in the shower. Thoroughly nasty. Mostly better now - thank you.

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  18. EC I knew something must be terribly wrong when you were absent for so long. It truly is dreadful when a medication meant to make you feel better makes you sick. It is great you are on the mend though.
    Unicorns!! My favourite beastie of all time. Love them and have always wanted one! If only they hadn't been messing about when Noah was filling the ark we would still have them with us. (Refers to that song Roger Whittaker and others sing about the unicorns). They would be no trouble whatsoever and would just keep us happy.
    Grow up? Who me? Never and no-one dare tell me to either!
    Hope your colder weather is not interfering too much with your poor aches and pains. I see you've been having some typical Canberra nights of late.
    Guess what? We had rain in Perth....60mm in our own gauge....wonderful...and no damage from strong winds as far as I know.

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    1. Mimie: Oooh, rain. I wish. I like the cold - and really don't feel it (except when some rotten medication gets to me).
      And I am very glad to find that you too are refusing to grow up. And love unicorns. I remember that song - and it is now in my head.

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  19. That sounds dreadful. Some "cures" are much worse than the illnesses they're supposed to be curing. I'm glad you're feeling better now.

    And I'll join you on that unicorn ride.

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    1. Susan: All aboard the unicorn express!

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  20. Oh no! I am glad you're feeling nearly better...and I love the cartoon. I should put something like that up at work, although it would probably have more profanity in it ;)

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    1. Riot Kitty: Profanity is sometimes necessary. And often at work.

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  21. Glad you feeling better.
    Who wouldn't want a dragon one that lived under your house and would take you flying whenever you wanted and burned to a crisp anyone you didn't like.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merlesworld: And who wouldn't prefer a dragon to a St George?

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  22. I'm sorry to hear of your reaction to the medication. That sounds like a rotten way to spend two weeks. The cartoon made me smile; thank you! Take care of yourself.

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    1. jenny_o: I thought it was a wonderful cartoon - and it is certainly true (of me).

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  23. So glad you are doing better, I just re-remembered lemongrass tea is good for upset stomachs.

    I have a unicorn story to tell you, oh wait maybe I posted it on my blog in the past, ah yes here is the link:

    http://bluestarrgallery.blogspot.com/2010/03/white-unicorn.html

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    1. Linda Starr: I LOVE your unicorn story. And I think I would have preferred seeing one, to seeing escaped horses. I am very glad they were unharmed though.

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  24. That had to be so scarey! Funny (not!) how the thing that is suppose to help us can harm us. Wishing you a fast recovery and good health starting today! Or has started already.

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    1. Teresa: It wasn't a lot of fun, but goodness my cups of tea today have tasted excellent. The corner has been turned.

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  25. Never grow up! That's my motto. :)
    And why didn't you mention feeling poorly before this? We could have sent you healing thoughts, tickets to a free unicorn ride, a box of magic dust,...the list is endless! I'm glad you're feeling better now, even if you decided to tough it out in silence. :/

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    1. Laura Eno: It seems I don't know any adults. How wonderful. And I didn't mention feeling like death on a stick because if was/is boring. When I did, it was as an explanation for being absent...

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  26. Welcome back(ish)! Please continue to feel better -- obviously, we missed you.

    Re: growing up; why do I often feel as if I'm stuck in that horrible period of adolescence between ages 12 and 14? You know, just a big, awkward dork with skin problems? (Or is it just me?!)

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: The one time that I would never, ever go back to if time travel were possible... Without the dreadful emotional rollercoaster I hope? Please tell me you don't feel like a teenager.

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    2. The angst is gone, fortunately, and the incomprehensible aversion to washing my hair (what was THAT about?), but I often find myself thinking things more suited to a 14-year-old dorky girl than a (ahem) 42-year-old woman.

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    3. Ms. CrankyPants: What goes on in my head is my business. And I haven't grown up there, and don't intend to either.

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  27. Growing up is something I never want to do...

    I hope you feel better soon!!

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    1. Sherri Abendroth: At least one of my brothers (perhaps two) are VERY grown-up. Good, they have done it, I don't have to.

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  28. If I ever get a unicorn ranch, I'll keep one in the stable just for you at all times.

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    1. John Wiswell: I suspect in your world, the dragon may be a tad safer. I think dragons should be safe from most apocalypses.

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  29. I always feel an enthusiastic energy when I visit you. I would love to have an elf or two to help me out at home, but ah well... I hope you feel better and I'm sorry that you weren't feeling well. *Sends you a virtual cup of hot tea*

    Cheers!

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    1. Deb: Thank you. Virtual tea was the best I could manage for quite a while there.

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  30. That sounds miserable, those side affects, yuk in fact. The grown up world is stuffy and serious and sometimes very dull. A dragon swooping in nostrils asmoke, you, or I, or both of us, whooping and hollering, on the dragons back, now that is a vision!

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    1. Strayer: I will more than happily whoop and holler with you - particularly from a dragon back.

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  31. I am so sorry you have had a tough time of it but happy to hear you are feeling better. Tell your inner child that my inner child says feel better soon, my unicorn too ;)

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    1. DeniseinVA: Aren't our inner children lucky that they have so many people to play with?

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  32. You have the most wonderful readers... I am so impressed with the comments. I love the cartoon... We knew a small child (she's going to be 8 actually, this year, this was a while ago) who was driven to St. Helena to take horseback riding lessons... She loved them. She loved the horses. However one day she said: why don't any of them have wings? I'd like to ride one with wings next time... :-) Which made me smile. I am so glad that there are mythical creatures. And I wish that some of the (herbivorous) dinosaurs were still with us. Triceratops, my favorite. Damn. I am so glad you are feeling better.

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    1. Nicky HW: I do have wonderful, wonderful readers. I am very lucky there.
      And who wouldn't want a winged horse? I would love to see not so much the herbiverous dinosaurs - but those with wings...

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  33. I would love to ride your unicorn, or your dragon if he's friendly! My doctor once accused me of being a 'magical thinker.' He said I attach significance to unrelated things. I took that as a compliment. Magical thinkers make magic happen. Glad you are feeling better.

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    1. Debora: I can think of a lot worse things than to be a 'magical thinker'. While I have no doubt that your doctor didn't think he was being complimentary, I agree. He was.

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  34. I hope the prescribing doctor gets hemorrhoids that feel like a horn up his rectum. Not that I hold grudges or anything.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Snap. And today I am feeling worse again, so I am thinking longingly about that sharp, pointed horn.

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    2. Damn--I suspect it's going to be up and down for a while, judging by what the people who've taken it have been saying. Extremely unpleasant, I'm sure. Yeah, that "doctor" deserves several gruesome things shoved at and up him.

      I'm about to go to sleep, and fear I'll now be having strangely surreal dreams of violent angry unicorns with red demon eyes chasing screaming people in white coats... That would be interesting.

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    3. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): I don't think that being attacked by a feral unicorn OR a dragon is any more that the man in question deserves. Just the same I am leaning towards my favourite 'painful hemmorhoids' curse... Sleep well - you at least should be safe from the vengeance of unicorns and dragons.

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    4. I like your 'painful hemorrhoids' curse. I mutter it under my breath fairly often. And funnily enough, I often mutter it in the direction of medical practitioners. I do hope you've had, and will have, a better day...

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  35. AARGH ill health - so annoying! so time consuming! hope you feel better soon x

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    1. librarygirl: Thank you. And so frustrating...

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  36. Sorry you have had such a rotten time, and it is good to know that you are on the mend. I have been away and computerless, and thus so out of touch. Keep on keeping on.

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    1. persiflage: Thank you. I am far too stubborn to quit and will most definitely keep on keeping on.

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  37. Poor you! Glad you're on the road to recovery.

    I love my inner child - so important to keep that childish spirit alive.

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    1. ladyfi: Our inner children are so very important aren't they?

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  38. I like the postcard you show and its message – it’s not good to be too elderly in spirit, it’s hard enough in body. I’m sorry about your reaction to your medicine, and I hope it will go through your system very quickly. My Chinese horoscope says that I am a Dragon – so I guess, they are not that bad…

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    1. Vagabonde: If I cannot have a dragon I would LOVE to be one. They are not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Beautiful, wise, powerful. What is not to like?

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  39. LOVE THIS. You've made my day with this. I don't feel so alone!! Wonderful :)

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    1. wordsfallfrommyeyes: I love that there are so many of us not ready to discard the child within.

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  40. Oh EC, how awful ... there is nothing worse than uncontrolled rigors and nausea. I had a patient who used to have periodic reations to his infusion and would go into rigors and he would actually hurt because of the tightness of the muscles. I was able to give him Benedryl and it would stop the process, but with nausea, you probably couldn't keep it down. So sorry.

    As for the child inside of us ... I hope I never lose mine. I would love all of the fantasy animals ... unicorns, dragons you name it and they would be welcome in my life. What fun would life be if we lost the ability to fantasize and act childish and foolish. I use my elderly state to justify my right to do what I want ... after all, I have earned it, right? Fortunately, I don't disregard how my actions effect others so I still have the lessons learned in my youth to function off of. Too bad so many of the younger generations and even our peers seem to have lost that concept. They do what they want and the rest of us be damned. Oh my, my angry self just came forward. Sorry ... Be well, my friend. I look forward to you being back in full swing ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea: It is (finally) settling. Still not wonderful - but so much better. I deal with pain often, but find nausea more difficult. Strange? Perhaps.

      And isn't it wonderful how many of us are not ready to let go of magic, fantasy and FUN. Teamed (as you so rightly say) with a bit of responsibilty and it is a wonderful thing to have, to hold, to cherish.

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  41. Please keep your inner child!!! Otherwise mine would be lonely! My inner child sometimes is the only "thing" that keeps me sane.
    I hope that bad reaction to medication belongs to the past now!

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    1. Carola Bartz: Given the wonderful response to this post our inner children have PLENTY of playmates. Yay! And the medication issues are still receding, whic I am very thankful for.

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  42. Dragons and unicorns :-)...I want to be living in your world Soosie. I hope you are feeling much better

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: There are obviously a lot of us who would be very, very happy to share our lives with dragons and unicorns.

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    1. Christine: Getting there (thankfully).

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  44. Oh My dearest magical friend...I truly hope you'll feel better soon :(. Kisses on both cheeks from me :).

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  45. As the saying says, age is definitely a quality of mind! I love the postcard (I'd ban that person too!), and your world of dragons and unicorns. (Speaking of which, did you ever treat yourself to a copy of Dragonology? I think you should, especially given your latest Ordeal by Pharma!! (Glad you're doing better now!)

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    1. Laloofah: You shameful temptress. I am trying (very, very hard) NOT to indulge my book addiction.

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    2. Oh, come on... it's just one itty bitty book, it won't hurt anything... you know you want it... LOL

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    3. Laloofah: I rest my case. You ARE a shamefull temptress.

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  47. Dear EC, I so hope that you are feeling better and that a unicorn or two and dragons as well, gentled by your graciousness, have stopped by to visit. When we feel ill--and you certainly have been-- then we need to take care of ourselves and be as gracious to ourselves as we (you) are to others. And for myself, I find that taking time out let's me "regroup," "recoup," "regain" any perspective I've lost about my life and the living of it. Just be good to yourself. Please. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Thank you so much. Time out is often an essential isn't it?

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  48. I'm so glad you've almost fully got your muchness back
    and hope the rest of May is beautiful for you in unexpected ways:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: What a wonderful wish - thank you and to you too.

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  49. I'm late getting here so I do hope you are feeling a lot better. I always wonder how people manage if they don't have an inner child. It's nothing to do with being childish, everything to do with having that childlike magic in your life, for ever. I love that you have such like-minded readers, such a lot of wonderful unicorn and dragon lovers. The world is a good place.

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    1. Carol: Isn't it wonderful that so many people are happy to welcome magic into their life?

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  50. --Thinking of you from afar, Sweets. Xxx KISS

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  51. Oh gods, EC! I hope you're all better by now!!! <3

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