A Birthday TToT Wish…from The Edge

Hello. Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. It’s a late night edition of Lizzi’s bloghop, the Ten Things of Thankful. And I have 10. Truth be told, I have at least 10 thankfuls daily but for some reason, on a weekly basis, wreaking of writer’s block affliction, I succumb to sitting blandly, white screen of a mind blank, neurons firing nothing to get my fingers to tap a tap tap upon this keyboard. And then, driving this afternoon listening to Metallica’s Hardwired To Self Destruct, the cobwebs disintegrated and I realized damn! I love this CD!

My thankfuls are all Kevin Bacon’d. Where do I begin? Wait! It doesn’t matter ‘cuz of 6 degrees of separation 🙂 So my first TToT that came to mind this afternoon was my Secret Santa at work.  E gave me (among other “secret” fantastic gifts) the new Metallica CD. Most excellent. I love it. This thought, in turn, reminded me, “yeah, I work with a great group of people“. So #2 TToT it is.

Driving, volume of the music such that only a respectable Metallica loving person would still think insufficent, I thought how much I missed listening to “the old stuff”. Gone are the days of dueling guitarists (of the harder variety). I was caught up in the revelry of the revery of reminiscing of my earlier, musical days. Coming in at 3rd & 4th TToT respectively, but not necessarily in order of preference, (depends on my mood) are Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing and Adrian Smith & Dave Murray, respectively.

Earlier in the day, I was in conversation with a person close to me. His dad has dementia and, not unexpectedly, will tell the same story over and over or he’ll suddenly get emotional when talking about his little dog. D and I got to talking about how, maybe because we’re older, we both can get emotional about some of the more simple things, like our dogs, or hearing a particular song. And then I remembered, not for the first time, that today would have been my dad’s 99th birthday. He is a TToT, 5th and only. His muscial gift of sitting down to a piano and simply….playing, is TToT#6. His birthday reminds me of 2 other TToTs: David Bowie and Elvis. Today is their birthday too. Happy Birthday, Gentlemen.

A mere dusting of snow yesterday is a huge 9th TToT! Lo and behold, there is 1 TToT remaining to complete the 10. The 10th TToT? …..the gift of another 24 hours. The day that is both first and last. This day.

 

 

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16 comments

  1. May · January 8, 2017

    I enjoyed your Kevin Bacon’ed list! Such a fun image! I think the simple things can make us emotional because in the end they are the things that truly matter.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · January 9, 2017

      I’m glad 😀 You’re absolutely right, May. It’s is all about the simple things in life 🙂

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  2. Kristi · January 9, 2017

    I thought about birthdays and Alzheimer’s this week, too. Music and dogs might seem like simple things, but they are so important!

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  3. zoe · January 9, 2017

    A Love, heartfelt Metallica lafen post! Can any of your dads kids play piano???? I slways wantex to.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · January 9, 2017

      One of my favorite bands 😀
      Yes, 2 of them. Well, used to play.
      Never too late. Kerry took up the violin…you have access to a piano?

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  4. valj2750 · January 9, 2017

    Music speaks to and through the soul. (That sounds profound, doesn’t it?) Glad you have warm thoughts of gratitude to see you through these freezing days.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · January 9, 2017

      Agreed. Oh yes, and freezing? Yowzer!! I’m looking forward to Thursday. Projected temps in the 60’s. Yippee!

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  5. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me · January 9, 2017

    Music has such power to do so many things. I know that’s tremendously vague and non-specific, but it’s true. I can’t imagine a world without it.
    Let’s get the cold over with!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · January 9, 2017

      I know what you’re saying Lisa. It’s powers go beyond something to listen to. Me neither 🙂
      Please! Send along spring stat!!

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  6. Josie Two Shoes · January 9, 2017

    A wonderful ten! Both music and our furkids can stir emotions within us like nothing else. Birthdays find us missing our parents more and more too. I loved #10 best of all, because it’s a gift we each have every single day and yet so often take that gift for granted. Thank you for the reminder!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · January 9, 2017

      Thank you 🙂 So very true. Amazing, isn’t it, that even as “mature adults”, missing our parents can be just as intense a feeling as when we were younger. You are very welcome. It’s the one thing I manage to remember to remind myself about each day I wake up.

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  7. Kristi Campbell · January 10, 2017

    Here’s to the simple things in life and your dad’s birthday. xo

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  8. Sageleaf · January 10, 2017

    Metallica has a new album? WOWOW. Ima haveta check it out. 🙂 Glad as always to come over and read (though sorry I’m a little late). And now…to listen to some Metallica. Hehe. I hope you have a great week. Thankful for you!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge · January 11, 2017

      Well new as of last November. You should! My favorite band. And Kristi’s too 😀
      No worries Cyndi. Whenever you get here is fine. Seems I’m a little late in here my own self!!
      Enjoy your snow week. Hopefully, you’re still enjoying snow days!
      Thankful for you.

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