oooooooo...I got four responses and suddenly I WANT TO BLOG!!! I am beginning to see the addiction factor ... yet another way to get attention.
Speaking of seeking attention - I remember reading a quote from an aging actress (was it Katherine Hepburn?) who said it was a relief to be fifty and finally not have everyone watching her. She became free, and thus aged gracefully but without hiding her face from the public or becoming an other-world-like cariacture (for example, Liz Taylor).
Kyra (9) and I walked through WalMart this morning, invisibly. We trundled on our treasure hunt, a middle aged lady and a normal, female kid ... what could be less spectacular in our culture? No one saw us ...but we saw each other, and had a great time. We bought two little Christmas trees, battery operated lights, shiny tiny balls, and a pound of butter.
On the way home Kyra sighed with satisfaction and said, "Mimi, sometimes I just love to be with you alone." That's it. We were alone. Sometimes it is a good thing not to have attention.