SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2/25/19

Photos: (Mostly) Garry Armstrong
And here are the questions:
A gathering of Finches
What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

Honestly? To live it as best you can. That’s the whole thing.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Do the best you can. Make the world as good as you are able. Make yourself the best version of you can. Within the limits of your physical, financial, and mental abilities, do the BEST you can.

No one can do more than that.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

I haven’t been doing much lying. I probably do the most — if you can call it that — at the doctor. I tend to say I’m fine when I’m not. But I see nothing to be gained by complaining. They know what’s going on. They know I hurt, they know the issues I’m dealing with and they are very sympathetic, so why make the visit harder?

Photo:: Garry Armstrong

Is this a real “lie” or is just avoiding making a problem worse? In some cases, it’s me trying to not waste everyone’s time explaining what everyone already knows. So I say “I’m fine” and everyone knows what I mean.

What do you think?

What country do you consider the most strange? 

I really think this is the most strange country in the world.

We aren’t one country. We are many countries glued together by a map. I don’t remember who said it — I think it was a comedian on Colbert the other night — who pointed out “where, other than the flag and possibly English, does New York have to do with Utah? Or Vermont have to do with Louisiana?

Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong

We are really a bunch of countries divided by huge rivers and giant mountains. We don’t share the same type of weather or speak English the same way. So of course — we don’t understand each other and that’s even when we are trying to understand.

We also have very different needs in various parts of the country. We live such different lives! Even the food we eat is different.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

We are supposed to be “one nation” but we aren’t. Various parts of the nations are shockingly different from one another.

Cities are more like each other than rural areas are. Wealthy areas are very different than poor ones.

We should be at least four, maybe five different countries. At least. Maybe more.

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

When I was learning to drive, my husband’s car was a “three on the column.” Not a four or five on the floor, but on a bar on the driver’s wheel. Since there was no fourth gear, first and third were in the same position. Up.

I had trouble remembering whether I had shifted from third to first. There were no markings on the shift, either. You couldn’t look and see where you were. You had to “feel” it.

I remember driving down the hill and thinking “Don’t forget to shift into first. Don’t forget to shift into first. Don’t forget.”

I forgot.

I stripped the gears and the transmission had to be rebuilt. Lucky it was cheaper to fix cars back then, isn’t it? Boy, did I feel STUPID!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

17 thoughts on “SHARING MY WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. “Four on the floor.” I have heard that phrase for years and never knew (or, I guess, bothered to look up) what it meant. Now I know! I’m not a car guy, obviously… and never had (thank goodness) to drive anything other than an automatic.

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    1. We are such a strange country. I think we really SHOULD be at least 4 countries, divided by whatever natural “thing” (mountains, giant rivers, etc.) were put there to divide us. Let’s take a hint from the way the world is made!

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  2. Thanks Marilyn for Sharing Your Wise World with us. And the photos. Must NOT ever forget those glorious photos that you and Garry take with such skill and passion. ❤ So if "America" were divided into four countries, I 'spect that you guys would live in one and myself in another. Given that you're so far east and I'm so far west. But I hope they'd at least let us keep traveling around to visit each other! 😉 Great answer!!

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    1. I chat daily with people in at least 5 different countries. Possibly more, if I stop and think about it. I just think this country would be a lot easier to manage if it weren’t one giant polyglot. I never know if we are supposed to be melting into one common people (because that really ISN’T happening) or standing up for our individual opinions (I’m not sure that’s working, either).

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