Written with a No.1 Pencil….

This is one of the fasteners that holds the bridge together, just down the road from where I live.  It appears to me that this particular grouping of nuts and bolts has seen better days.

I am not sure which is actually doing the holding together. The interlocking threads of the two… or the rust that has formed over the last 300 years, or so.

Now I know I’ve mentioned that I drive over this bridge. It makes me shiver in my socks, I’ll tell you. I always wait until the car in front of me gets all the way across. I postulate that the less weight at any given time, the better for the longevity of the bridge.  Especially while I am on it.

The big reveal here, is this. I spend a heck of a lot of time worrying. Yep. I worry about everything under the sun… and above the sun too.

It started as a child. Chicken Little had nothing on me. I was always scurrying around… just certain the sky was going to drop out of the sky. Honest to goodness. It seemed that anything I heard on the news… or read about in school… was certain to happen to me or someone I knew. Of course, most of the time, things were a-ok…. okey dokey smokey.

But this has stuck with me… well into adulthood. I am smart enough to know that worrying has never made any situation better.  But then the anxiety creeps in… my evil-twin-Chicken-Little takes over the reasoning part of my brain… and the next thing you know….  I’m pacing the floor about something.

Things that keep me up at night:

What was the best thing before there was sliced bread?

If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?

What is the speed of dark?

Can I buy an entire chess set in a pawn shop?

Do jellyfish get gas from eating jellybeans?

What about Roman paramedics…. do they refer to IV’s as “4’s”?

How come psychics don’t win the lottery… all the time?

If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?  I think it should be Number One by now.  Seems unfair.

If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?  Without the shell, does he get cold?

Are vegetarians allowed to eat animal crackers?

People are always putting their “Two Cents” in…………… but they only get a “Penny” for their thoughts. Where is all that extra change going?

Arthur Somers Roche once said, “Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

This worries the crap out of me.  I’ve got an awful lot of trickling going on upstairs.    Which may explain a lot…..


I’ll probably always be a worrier.  Stuck that way.  No hope for transformation.

If you happen to put your two cents in on this one… just know that I can’t make any change.

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