o you know someone like Grandma Ethel?
For example, perhaps your mother is like my friend Steve Flesch’s
mother, who when asked what she wanted for her 70th birthday
answered: “An easy death.” (Fifteen years later,
she was indeed granted her wish.) And then there is Tamar
Kipper’s grandmother, a perennially pessimistic soul,
who, like my Grandma May, started life in Warsaw, Poland.
From an early age, Tamar did her best to bring a little sunlight
into her grandmother’s day. Once, while visiting her
grandmother in Israel, eighteen-year-old Tamar pointed out
some roadside flowers in glorious bloom. “Grandma,”
she said, “aren’t the flowers beautiful?”
Grandma’s response: “Yes, but like people, they
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o you have a favorite pessimistic
quote (not just a negative quote, but a pessimistic quote)
that you would like to share? With any luck, I’ll include
it the next edition of Pessimisms
, assuming that
anyone buys the first edition.
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