Life lessons

Older Daughter is a collector of what she calls “life lessons,” instructive quotations, enlightening incidents. Popular entertainment these days, she says, is lacking in this area. She prefers older TV shows like “Boy Meets World,” for instance, the last episode of which she just finished watching.

And what is Harry Potter if not a dispensary of practical wizardry wisdom? I still have the Dumbledore quote about happiness she wrote for me, pinned to my bulletin board. (It can be found, just “turn on the light.”)

Well, she certainly picked up a real world life lesson over the last 36 hours. Me too.

Monday night she was up on stage before a packed auditorium, receiving plaudits for another season of leadership on the diamond and entertaining the crowd with her own unique brand of wit and wisdom. Tuesday morning she was up early, studying for an exam.

Then seemingly out of the blue she was struck by an excruciating, stabbing pain in the midsection. Two hours, a CT scan, and a welcome dose of morphine later she was learning from an ER physician at St. Thomas that she was the unpleasantly and somewhat embarrassedly-surprised owner of a kidney stone.

And this morning? All seems back to normal.

There may be a few life lessons in this episode. Sic transit gloria, temper fugit, carpe diem et al. But I’d say the big one is best expressed by the quiet Beatle.  (Sorry, I know this is too predictable. But it too shall pass.)

Sunrise doesnt’t’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day
Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning
Its not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away


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