Welcome to another great edition of Talk About It Tuesday! Last week we discussed Spiders, Butt Cancer & Ouija Boards. Yep, I seriously cannot make that up.
This week is great because I found an article guaranteed to inspire you. It will not only inspire you, but it will also inspire that kid inside of you from way back when that decided to settle on the mundane of the expected. What do you think you’ll be doing when you are 75 years old? I’ll wait whilst you ponder the thought. Okay, now how about when you are 101 years old?
Mary Allen Hardison, who hails from Ogden, Utah, is officially the “Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem.” She took up paragliding because she did not want to be shown up by her 75-year-old son! Like, wowzah. Who is this chic?
Mary loves being surrounded by her family that runs four generations strong. When she isn’t wowing the world with paragliding feats, she knits caps for sick children and premature babies. Oh, wait, that isn’t enough for her to be in the running with Mother Teresa in the “greatest woman in the world” category… she crochets bandages for leopards in India. That’s got to be enough to make you say “aww!” and gush all over the place. Somewhere in India, there are leopards darting around with crocheted bandages made by a paragliding senior citizen from Utah.
In Dale City, Va, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison, outshined a reporter after winning the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Can you imagine going head to head with a six-year-old girl in a Spelling Challenge and having your butt handed to you? This little girl beat out 21 other kids (her age and older) to compete in this challenge. Of course, the adult (the reporter) probably thought he had her beat hands down. I mean, he is a reporter and he is a lot older than the little girl aannnnd he has way more schooling!
Well, Lori Anne schooled the reporter when she spelled the word “okapi” (yeah, I had to look it up. I thought it was part zebra, part hyena, part stripper, but it’s not – and now I want one!). The reporter was given the word “tourniquet” and failed miserably. In the omniscient age of computers, iPads, smartphones, word games, and whatever the hell else kids use to get smarter than smart, I am not surprised. I used to think I was a hot diggity dog when I was a wee lass because my Gram bought me a phonics book at Woolworth’s every weekend (three grades higher than the grade I was in)! I was such. A. NERD.
I am sure a lot of my blogger friends can relate to this? Come on, I can’t be the only word geek up in here!
And on a Dumb Ass note (cause we got to have one of those), a Denver woman got busted after bragging about how to get out of jury duty. Susan Cole, 57 (aka dumb ass) decided it would be a phenomenal idea to go on a radio show and discuss her fool-proof plan for beating jury duty. She obeyed the summons, and showed up in a “disheveled manner” to make others think she was a nut job and clearly was not able to handle jury duty. And she’d have gotten away with it if she wasn’t such a dumb ass!
Thanks for joining me for another Talk About It Tuesday. Enjoy the rest of your week! And remember – it can be a good thing to read the dictionary.