HOW WE SEE b. Malin


Half Broken or Slightly Broken...

My mother passed away September 25, 1982. She was a Beautiful woman, with a great sense of humor. She didn't see the "Glass" as Half Empty, she saw it as "Half Full" with Lots of Possibilities... And so, here goes another Hub write, this one's for you Mom.

Last week was DOCTOR WEEK...Lover Man and I had two appointments. One with the Opthamologist, and the other with the Dermatologist...It's a Once a year appointment. I HATE going to ANY KIND of a DOCTOR. That's me. Aside from them, and the Dentist, that's the extent of it. I worked in the Medical Field more than half of my working years. The last 10 were with a Wonderful Internist/Cardiologist. Dr. Abe was your typical old fashion Doctor. His patients Loved and Trusted him as did I, so the few times I got sick, he was my Doctor, as well as Lover Man's. Now we are "Doctorless"...Of course if I need Dr. Abe, I can call him. So far, we only needed him once two years ago. I do like the Opthamologist, he has the same type of personality as Dr. Abe. But unlike Dr. Abe, the Opthamologist also Hates going to the Doctor...and only goes when he is Sick. We always laugh about that.

Now the Dermatologist is another story...I really didn't like him last year, he seemed "Dirty" and I was tempted to ask him if he washed his hands in between patients. This year, he's had a Complete MAKEOVER! He looks CLEAN! His hair was Blown Dry, almost FLUFFY looking...And his Face looks like a Baby's SMOOTH, not a Line is left...And his Eyes have also been done. I am totally Fascinated! He checks Lover Man first, who needs to have somethings frozen off his Forehead, and his Beautiful Nose. I've always Loved that Nose. So I watch carefully as he proceeds...He stops, and says to Lover Man, I can take those 2 little "tags" off your Left Eye Lid. Lover Man says "No"..."Are you Sure"? He asks again. Lover Man says "Yes". "You've done your eyes" I say quietly to the Doctor, who seems pleased that I have noticed. He reminds me of a Ball of Wax.

One of the front desk Women also has that "Waxed Look" and the Personality to go with it. (Flash Back...) On the reminder call, she say's "Don't forget to come 10 minutes early and bring your cards, we've changed to a new "Billing System". Ok, so we come early, 10 minutes to 2 p.m. and the sign on the front door reads, "Office Closed until 2 p.m. for Lunch". I think "Cute". Ok, it's now 2:15 and we are filling out the new paper work. I tell her I want to think about the part where we give permission to others to see our records. I tell her I will make the decision after we see the Doctor. She Glares at me... I think...It was hard to tell, for her Face Expression was just not there. I wondered what "Happy" would look like.

The Doctor's Assistant smiled and rolled her Eyes when I told her the saga. She said, just write "Upon My Notification", and initial it. I thanked her, and went back to the front desk with Lover Man, where Ms. Plastic was waiting...Smiling...I think, or it could have been a Sneer, I couldn't really tell. She hands us back the paper work and shows us she's stamped, it in big RED LETTERS, DO NOT DISTRIBUTE TO ANYONE! A few words later, "Like, why would you do that, when I asked you to wait" from me...We got it straightened out. We were then asked if WE wanted to fill out a post card for next years visit. Mind you there are 3 of them sitting there, one is reading "People" magazine. One is Filing her nails and the other, is Ms. Plastic Glaring at us. "We'll call" I said smiling...Hoping that our house will have Sold, and we will NEVER have to come back.

A few days later we go to the Shore Mall. It's one of those smaller Malls that through the years has been able to hold its own. They've managed to get some nice Restaurants in areas of the parking lot. Lover Man went to look at TV sets and I needed to pick up a gift, which to my surprise, I found right away. I then went into a new Dollar type store for some wrapping paper, for I couldn't remember if I had any left at home. I browsed for a few minutes and couldn't help but hear the owner talking to different people as they came and went. He was a slight man with an accent. Everyone that left he said, "God Bless and Thank you" to them.

"May I help you Miss" he asked coming in my direction. "Yes, I said, "I'm just looking for some wrapping paper". "Ah, I have some, he replied, but if you don't see what you like, there is another store in the Mall that sells paper a few doors down. We try to help each other, as long as you buy from one of us, it keeps the Mall going". "Oh that's so nice of you" I said as I wipped out my Black reading glasses, and selected some paper. "What is that"? he asked staring at my classes. "Oh these, I said smiling, I use them when I'm shopping". "They are Broken" he replied. "Well they are missing the part that goes over the ears, but I can still hold them up to see...they are half broken" I laughed..."And I do have Good, Perfect Glasses at home, really I do". He wasn't buying... "Come with me" he replied walking towards a ladder and climbing it, and then reaching into a box, and then turning to me, he asked my vision. "2.25" I replied. He climbed down and handed me a Beautiful pair of Red Glasses with little rhinestones. "These are 2.00, but I want you to try them on, and don't worry about the price". "Well" I said as I tried them on, thinking to myself, in a million years I would never have picked them out for myself. He handed me a paper with writing on it, and instructed me to read it. Which I did. "There, he said perfect, I want you to have them". "How much are they"? I said. "They are a Gift to you", he replied. "Oh No, I couldn't take them without giving you something" voice trailed off. "You've purchased the wrapping paper, that is enough". He said quietly. We spoke a few minutes longer. He told me he was from India, and had taken care of his parents until they passed and now he was here. Someday he hoped to have a wife and a family. I told him I knew he would, for he had so much Love to give. At that point, the Mall Policeman came into his store, and this little man ran over to greet him, and make him feel special.

This little man from India, also saw the Glass as Half Full, with Lots of Possibilities... Mom, you would have liked him, You were both cut from the same cloth.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great story! could you ask that guy to have a few kids and send them to Washington? We need more clerks like him! Simply a beautiful story, a beautiful message, and a lovely tribute to your mom.

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A very beautiful story, and your mother must have been a remarkable woman. For so many people the glass will always be half empty.

It's good to know there are still genuinely kind people in this world.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Goes to show you there are still people like your mom out there. Only wish there were more people like this.

I never tire of your stories and when I see you've written a new hub, I can't wait to read it.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Lovely share on your family's story. Good to know there are still decent people out there.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Enjoyed your wonderful story and your mom sounds like she was a incredible person just like you . Well done !

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a lovely tribute to your mother...and also that nice man in the dollar store. This story makes me smile. With people like that inhabiting the earth...and heaven above...all is well. Up, beautiful and sharing!

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TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

Very nice way to "See" things...Half full. We need more people like that in this world.

Voted up

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A lovely tribute to your Mom and a heart warminng story. It is so uplifting when we meet people like that.

Voted AB & I

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

what a great little story.. b malin.. I actually enjoyed the read.. bless you and may your mom's soul rest in peaceful bliss..:)

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I loved this tribute to your mother and to the truly decent we encounter from time to time.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great story, love it. Your Mom sounded like a really good mother.

Voted up and Awesome, Joyce.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bill,

Thank You. I wanted to keep it UPbeat and still pay Tribute to my Mom. That little man needs to be Cloned... He really made my day a very "Spiritual one".

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Tobusiness,

My Mom was One of a kind...Didn't have a mean bone in her body, and knew how to "laugh" at life. This little Man from India, would have had my Mom smiling...She would probably have fixed him up with Someone and had them come for Dinner.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Susan,

I know...I too wish we had a little more "Genuine Love" out there. Thank you SO much for the Compliment, I will Treasure your Words.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Teacher,

This little man from India could be a lot of people to shame...Such a Giving Soul. I feel Blessed to have met him.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Kashmir,

My Mom was a Wonderful Woman, didn't get to raise me...But we were able to Bond anyway, and always had a Special Relationship. Thank you for the Compliment...I wish I was more like her, I try, but...I'm me. Thanks for Enjoying.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Peggy,

Thank You. If only we had more People like this little man from India, what a Wonderful World We could be! Thanks for Enjoying and of course your Comments and your Votes.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi TycoonSam, In a perfect world that could be...But, we're not, so I'll day the day like this one, and know it was Special.

Thanks so much for your Comments and of course your Vote.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Rosemay,

Thank you...I always miss her Wisdom, she was one Smart Mom. I'm so Glad you Enjoyed the Hub and found it Uplifting, and of course your Vote.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frank,

I'm so glad you Enjoyed the read...I try...I try. My Mom had a Heart of Gold, and would have Enjoyed meeting this little Man and hearing his thoughts.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Breakfastpops,

Thank You...I wanted to keep it UPBeat, for that's how my Mom was. When we are in the presents of a person such as this little Man from India, I feel it was very Rewarding Experience.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Joyce,

Thank You. She was a Good Woman, and Friend, and Mother... She didn't get to bring me up, But...was Always there when I needed her. Thanks for your Comments and of course your Votes.

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Weren't most of our Mothers a lot smarter than we gave them credit for? Your story telling always keeps me reading malin.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Such a cute story. I adore that little man from India, he's my kind of people. It is so rare to meet someone who gives instead of taking. Cheers...

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Writing such a sweet story, b., is a lovely tribute to your mother and to that charming fellow in the dollar store. And I would not be surprised if you are even becoming attached to those red rhinestone reading glasses.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

b. Malin,

Your works feels like I am reading a personal diary, filled with wisdom, humor and life perspective. Voted UP and AWESOME... Your Mom would be very proud of you. Hugs, Maria

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The dollar store man was so kind. It's lovely to hear about his generosity. As always, your hub is an interesting and enjoyable look at scenes from life, b. Malin. I always enjoy reading your descriptions! The hub is a great tribute to your mother as well.

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

First - Thank you for the wonderful "laugh of the day" as well as your unique way of expression. I can so relate.

I also want to thank you for the wonderful touching inclusion of the warm hearted store owner.

Here's to him as well as your "glass half full" dear Mom.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frog, I guess Wisdom comes with age...Most times, Mother knew Best. Thanks for Enjoying Froggy.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Ruby,

I know, he was such a "Special" person...and in our Crazy World, a rare Treat. I felt privileged to have met him. I'm so glad you Enjoyed the read. Cheers, back to you my Friend.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

You know Drbj, I AM getting attached to them...I can see distance perfectly, but not close up on my Mac, writing my Hubs...So, I have a line up of 3 pairs of glasses, and right now I'm wearing the Red ones...makes me feel Special! I'm so Glad you Enjoyed!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Maria, Thanks for all those Special words you bestowed upon my Hub. My Mom, was truly one of a kind, and I will never outgrow the need to talk to her, even if it's only in "Spirit". Thanks so much for your Votes as well.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Alicia,

Yes, scenes from Life... I'm glad he was there to play this one out for me. A Special Man and my Special Mom, a Tribute to both of them. Thanks so much for Enjoying and Commenting.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi SGEyes, Loved your Comments, they Humbled me...and are so Appreciated. Thank You.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Wow what a nice man.. He must have really liked you to give you the glasses.. your mom sounds wonderful.. I lost my mom last year the end of July,. she was a wonderful mom and a wonderful person everyone loved mom.

thank you for sharing this wonderful hub


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Isn't that nice when someone does a kindness like that? I remember going to Greece, and was astonished to find so many helpful people, I twisted my ankle badly, figures! lol! and the guy in the chemist actually got down on his knees and wrapped up my ankle! can you imagine that in England or even America? amazing, great hub as always, nell

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This hub is so insightful. It is a creative visualization. It is farsighted in its whimsy. With foresight you spread humor.

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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Great hub and wonderful story. I love it when people are so nice, we could many, many more in this world. Thank you for telling this great story.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Deborah,

He was such a Nice Man...and at first I was embarrassed by his act of kindness...I have many Extra Pair of Reading Glasses at home. But I don't take my Good ones shopping, because I always lose them. I did Explain all that to him...What can I say...He was, what he was.

Moms that understand and give Total love, are a once in life time treat.

Thanks for Enjoying, and your Wonderful Comments.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Nell,

People are Amazing in their Acts of Kindness...Wonderful Story you have shared. To be in a Foreign Country, and have that happen, Wow.

I'm so Glad you shared that Story of yours, and that you Enjoyed my Hub.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Mike Mckb,

Thank You. You are too Funny in your Analogy of my Hub Story. Thanks for those Compliments...Love them!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Bobbi,

These happening make for "Happy Hubs" for which I am Truly Grateful...Life is a Trip...A page... some things we just can't make up. Thanks for you Comments and for Enjoying!

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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Another delight from B!

I’m still laughing over Ms. Plastic.

If only more people in customer service were as nice as the man in the Dollar store, I wouldn’t approach shopping with such dread. I hope he realizes his dreams.

Thanks for this happy hub, B, it lifted my day! :-)

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Ohh B Malin, I am sure to the bone that your mom was a special lady with a heart of gold. Your the image of your mother and look at you:) Seriously from the heart. LOL Sorry about your dear mother. But to be reminded of her in a sense from this man, that is a special gift that lets you know she is still around. We are all use to laughing with your articles and you then hit us with a beautiful tribute of your mother. You have a great heart B Malin and it is truly always a pleasure to read your life story as it continues. Voted up and all across but funny. Shared also. I am always reminded, "that cup is half full, not half empty."

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Genna,

Yes, she was a Hoot!

That man, made my day, with his Philosophy on Life. Kinda Humbled me...In a Good way!

Thanks for your Comments and for Enjoying.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lyric,

Well, I don't know about being the Image of my Mother...I'm not that Kind or Good...But I appreciate the Compliment, and will try harder, Always room for Improvement.

You've left such Wonderful Comments, they were a Pleasure to read, So thank You. Thank you also for your Votes, always appreciated.

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

If only there were more people in the world like the little man from India and your Mother sounded like such a special person.

The dermatologist who had the makeover - sounds like he has a woman in his life now, best of luck to him!

I am a big fan of your writing and am so pleased to have you back, best wishes to you and lover man!


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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

Oh, what a delightful story and what a lovely tribute to your mother! Meeting kind, beautiful and positive people like your mother or the Indian man is such a blessing. It will lift our spirit, bring love to our heart and a big smile to our face.

Thank you for an enjoyable read,


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Break of Dawn,

I'm so Glad you Enjoyed the read...This was a fun, Poignant Hub to write. I'm sure my Mom would have liked it, as would the little Man of India. Although, I'm not sure he would have liked the notoriety...He was a Humble Man.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Lesley,

The Dermatologist is quite the Character...He's I'm sure there is someone, or MORE than one, in his Life. But if you saw him, it's a bit over the top, his make over...Whatever!

The Man from India, doesn't need a Make over, he's Perfect, Inside as well as Outside...

It's Good to be Back Lesley, among my Hub Writer Friends!

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

That is a beautiful story. What a man! I love it. Thank you for sharing this with us. I enjoyed the journey very much. :)

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Our perceptions make us who we are. If we want to live life in full circle we have to see the bright part.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi James,

Thanks so much for your Compliments, they are so Greatly Appreciated. The little Man from India is Truly, one of a Kind.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Vinaya,

That is so True. This little man from India showed me that, and also made me feel so "Special". Thank You, for the Compliment.

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Deb Welch 4 years ago

What a sweet story - really enjoyed it - some humor there. My mother passed on Jan. of 2007. I wrote her a Tribute for the local newspaper in a contest - didn't win. Have an excellent day.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Deb,

Thank You. We never stop missing our Mothers and the need to talk with them...Sorry you didn't win the Contest...But I'll bet your Mom was smiling down at your effort. You have a Good Day Too!

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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

A delightful story with many insights given. Yes, some people are just 'that way' and we can do nothing about it except see them however we see them...and still act responsibly. The India man was so nice to give you that token of appreciation too. Interesting tale, thank you.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Frogfish,

Life is Interesting, each day brings a new Happening. When I met the man from India, I knew that this was a "Special Day".

Frogfish, I Enjoyed reading your Comments, and am so Glad you Enjoyed my Hub Story.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Oh wow, this was so special, especially the way you dedicated it to your mom and your descriptions of the gentleman from India who has a big heart that matches his customer service and upbeat attitude.

Also, Lover Man's photos were cool.

Chuckled at the dermatologist staff descriptions!

Voted up across the board.

Hub Hugs,


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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Gail,

Loved what you had to say in your Comments. The Man from India was such a Special Soul...Not many around like him, which is Sad to say. I'll let Lover Man know that you liked the Photos. He is the Best also.

Ah, the Dermatologist's Staff, also in a League of their own! Not a Popular one.

Thanks so much for the Votes, You are one Special Lady, whom I am proud to call my Hub Writer Friend!

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Vickiw 4 years ago

Love your humour! I can really identify with it! I too have that awful ability to gaze intently without seeming to, and often notice things about people I wish I hadn't. (smack on the hand)! Doctors and lawyers are often my particular analysing quarries. They do lend themselves to a lot of unseemly thoughts from some of us! Apologies to any of you Hubbers who might be doctors or lawyers. Nah, you wouldn't be doing this for a living.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Vickiw, And I Love your Comments! Writers have to have a Sense of Humor on how we view things...otherwise there'd be Nothing to write about!

Thanks so much for checking out my Hubs. I'll be by again too!

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Vickiw 4 years ago

Haven't been around for very long, but already I'm beginning to know several of you, and it is so great to hear from you. Interesting how much you can tell about the different Hub characters when they write. Lovely to read all your different posts.

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

"Hi Vickiw, I like to say, "We are like a "Family" of Writes here on Hub Pages. Each of us, with a Style all our own. I find I'm still growing and Experimenting with my own.

I haven't written anything in over a is complicated at the moment, but, I'll be back...I miss it.

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Vickiw 4 years ago

Life really does have a way of interfering, doesn't it? Very frustrating that other things actually have to be taken care of , when all you want to do is write! That's what makes us so special - we manage, regardless. I am in awe of the number of articles you have written, as I look at my pathetic few! Hope you are interrupted by good things, not bad. Meantime, just know that you are wonderful, and have given so much to so many!

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b. Malin 4 years ago Author

Hi Vickiw, Well remember I have been on much longer than you. Actually it will be 3 years next Summer. Right now it's been hard to keep up with my Hub writings because I am Fixing up a place in Florida. But I miss writing and visiting Hub Friends as well.

Thanks for Enjoying, and hope to be writing again real soon!

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