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  • Berkshire Road
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    Um, I'm not actually sure what part of Houston. West side, I'm pretty sure. She used to live on the far west side near Alief, but she bought a condo recently and even though I have been there more than once, I'm not sure I can place it correctly. I'll ask her.

    There was a time, when I felt better, I used to visit her much more frequently and I had a pretty good mental map of the Houston area, but it seems to have faded. Sorry!

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  • Bessie
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    Carolyn,
    What area of Houston does you sister live in? I am in the NW of the Houston area. Small world huh??

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  • Berkshire Road
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    Thank you for saying that, Claudia. But, you know, that's why my sister sent it to me in the first place; she and I were both having terrible weeks, and she couldn't even get back from Houston where she lives, for the funeral. So she was trying to uplift us both, and I wanted to share that with you all.

    So , really, Julie gets the credit for this one!

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  • aprilmae
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    Wonderful story Carolyn! Thank you for sharing.

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  • topcop229
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    Carolyn,
    Such a beautiful story from a beautiful woman. Your support has been amazing. The fact that you can take time out of your personally difficult week to lend a shoulder to me shows even more how amazing you are!

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  • GriffsMommy
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    I had never read that before but I really like that. Thanks for sharing that, I def feel like a crackpot most days, lol

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  • Bessie
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    I have read that before......it is so beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing it with us

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  • Berkshire Road
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    For all my fellow Crackpots

    My sister (English professor sister, not disability lawyer sister) just sent me this recently. I think I had seen it before, but it wasn't so relevant then. So I just wanted to share this little parable with all of you:


    An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

    One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

    At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

    For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

    Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

    But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

    After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

    "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes
    water to leak out all the way back to your house."

    The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your
    side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?"

    "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted
    flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you
    water them."

    "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
    decorate the table.

    Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this
    beauty to grace the house."

    Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

    You've just got to take each person for what they are and look
    for the good in them.

    SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember
    to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
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