I have a new "Something Distinctive" about myself. Walter gave me the gloves I wear (cashmere lined, no less) as my Valentine's gift the February before we got married.
I suppose numerous people my age have gloves significantly older than their children. Mine (my gloves, not my kids) will celebrate their 27th birthday in a couple of weeks. But that's not what sets my gloves apart.
Last Thursday, my soccer team had its first practice of the season on a frozen night with high winds. I, the cold weather weenie, bundled up--three layers on bottom, four on top--and chose to wear my heavier gloves and carry my special Valentine gloves in my stadium coat pocket (which is the reverse of what I usually do).
Somehow I managed to arrive home with only three gloves. I called my team's trainer to see if he had picked up my special, ancient token of Walter's regard. Nope. He actually went out to the fields the next day to look around for it. Nope, again.
Five days passed. I had to coach over the weekend in my less than satisfactory, bulky, unlucky gloves (which might explain our 0-3 performance). I had resigned myself to hoping that Walter would still love me enough to get me new gloves this Valentine's Day. I pulled up in the pitted, caliche parking lot, gathered my gear and looked down before I began the long trudge to our practice site. And there on the ground, blending in with the stones and dust of the parking surface, obviously run over a few times, was my beloved glove.
Has anyone ever lost a glove and actually found it five days later, in the dark?
And as long as I am asking interesting questions, how did I come by such interesting and idiosyncratic friends? And I'm sure the comments you have left (here and on Facebook) have not even touch the surface of what is out there.
So pardon me a few minutes to respond and comment on my commenters:
Joan--Yes, I still play trombone, but I am looking for a new ensemble as my old one broke up. And, I'm not going to let you off the hook. We are all waiting to hear something distinctive about you.
Debi--Thank you for your compliments and for jumping in for the first time. We loved Pittsburgh when we visited Davis there and I can think of no amusement park that is more accessible or a better bargain than Kennywood.
And for those of you who are not my Facebook friends, I wanted to share these two distinctive readers:
Tanya--who has "been to Hawaii without ever having seen a thing there (my mom was pregnant with me the last time she and dad went!)...I broke my hand 200 feet above ground, riding on a zipline in Costa Rica...I can make my own walleye fishing lures...I loved Erin like crazy, even though I never met her in person."--how did you finish your zipline ride with a broken hand?
Alice--who I knew was amazing, but who may have the most distinctive comment: "I can take a newly shorn fleece and wash it, comb, card, and dye it, spin the wool into yarn and weave or knit the yarn into something beautiful...BUT I cannot shear the sheep. I can also do the samething with cotton... no sheep involved in this one."
And for those of you who don't check through on the Comments here:
Erin--I only eat yellow box Cream of Wheat (never the red). By the way, asking a question, even a a good question does not excuse you from writing something distinctive about yourself.
brooke--(Only for you would I deliberately leave a letter un-capitalied) "i tried out for the olympics in whitewater slalom kayaking in 1992. i've lived in 5 states and 4 towns, one major city and 3 minor cities. 2 of the towns and 1 of the minor cities were college towns or "college minor city". i am an academic kid. (my parents were academics, their friends were academics, their partners were academics, etc..). i don't think there was a key adult in my life who didn't have a phd or who wasn't getting one. i am 4'8" tall. i can knit without looking. i've been blogging since election day of 2000. i am a life long democrat. yes, i even campaigned for mondale & ferarro when i was 11. doesn't mean i'm a big fan of the party these days though :("
Olivia--who recently lost one of her dearest friends also took the time to leave a comment "I lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland for a year. Belfast is my favorite city. I think wearing Dora band aids is much better than the standard of band aid and I am convinced using them makes your injuries heal more quickly. I am 27. Most people I meet think I am 10 years younger...at least. I adore sarcasm. I read history books for fun. I am left-handed. I looooove cleaning!"
Okay, just like that television network says, "Characters Welcome!"
And for your viewing pleasure, and to see what a fatty Uma (with the "unfillable corgi tummy"--description credited to Mara, who would know) once was.
And yes, that is Erin holding the camera and laughing.