Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

With Sandy Raging, a 'Which' Kind of Day

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

With Sandy Raging, a 'Which' Kind of Day

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For more than 20 years, it has been my job and my privilege to write about life and whatever comes along. More or less. When asked how I keep finding things to write about, I say that part is easy. The hard part is staying alive and paying attention. If you stay alive and pay attention, like it or not, things will keep coming along.

Sometimes a lot of things come along all at once, so the question becomes not "what" to write about, but "which."

This is a "which" kind of day.

My husband's grown children and 1-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte, are visiting us for a few days from California. We don't see them often, so we try to make the best of it. Mostly we eat and talk and play with Charlotte. My kind of visit.

They understand that we have jobs (they're grownups now with jobs of their own) and are glad to entertain themselves.

So this morning, after my husband left for work, I told them to make themselves at home. If they needed me, I'd be in my office working on a column. This led to a brief but thoughtful discussion of topics.

No, I said, I wasn't sure yet what to write about. There were lots of possibilities.

I could, for example, describe the feeling of family, how much the visit means to us, to know they're safe under our roof.

I could write about the Halloween party we all went to on Saturday, where my husband wore a caveman costume and played bass in the band. The kids went as Scooby-Doo and the Gang. Charlotte was Velma. I went as, well, never mind.

I could recall how on Sunday, we sat glued to the TV, pulling for the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series.

I could write about Charlotte, how one little person can be, all at once, an endless source of joy, delight and exhaustion.

And if all that wasn't enough material, I could write about next week's presidential election - try to find 700 persuasive words to say one profoundly important thing: Vote. …

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