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FULL CIRCLE

Nancy J Addis
Pearland, Texas


Many facets of my life have come half and, in some cases, perhaps full circle.

From a carefree running, jumping, daring youngster to ...
a watch-your-step gray-haired up-in-age adult.

From going to bed at a set hour to ...
hopping under the covers whenever I wish, watching television or reading a book.

From reporting for pre-planned classes on time and completing homework before playtime to ...
choosing classes and projects that suit my interests and time frame.

From reporting for work, accepting responsibility and answering to "the powers that be" to ...
unable to work, answering only to myself.

From rising before dawn to ready myself and family for work and school obligations to ...
waking whenever I choose, reading the daily paper at my leisure and savoring those self-allotted two cups of coffee before breakfast.

From happy memories of spending quality library time as a child carefully choosing books to check out to ...
required library time for research purposes to ...
once again spending happy days choosing reading material at the library for my pleasure and personal growth.

From eating what and when I wanted as a baby to ...
eating what and when I want as an adult.

From wearing casual clothes easily laundered as a child to ...
white uniform and cap of the nurse to ...
business attire of the administrator to ...
now wearing casual clothes easily laundered.

The circle begins ... live, love, play, learn and work.
The circle continues ... live, love, play and learn.
The circle is complete ... life ends.

Enjoy the journey. Respect people along the way.
Appreciate the earth and don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

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Here lies one who meant well, tried a little, failed much, surely that may be his epitaph,
of which he need not be ashamed.
– Robert Louis Stevenson