The World Can Be

I just saw this saying on Facebook: “The world can be amazing when you’re slightly strange.”

I agree. And I and know from personal experience that the world can be very entertaining when you are downright weird! ;-D!

And very beautiful when experiencing kindness or nature.


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and the beauty of kindness and nature.
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2 Responses to The World Can Be

  1. Professions for PEACE says:

    đŸ˜€ I am rather introverted and sedate much of the time, but on an almost daily basis I can feel goofy and will talk in funny voices with my closest family and friends. I am proud of being a little ‘strange’ and find the best and most interesting people feel free to act a bit goofy and be like a child at times. Great post Russ! Thanks for sharing. ~Gina

    • russtowne says:

      The mental picture you described brought out a big chuckle, and a memory that I’ll bet you’ll appreciate.

      When My Beloved and I were married, she had a little Honda Civic that was not much bigger than a basketball and a personalized licensce plate that read, “I GOOFY”.

      As it turns out, a 100-minute one-way commute caused us to swap cars to save money as her car had much better gas mileage than mine. So, as luck would have it, Mr. Serious who was a shade under 6 feet tall ended up driving a motorized basketball to work with “I GOOFY” license plates. The universe sometimes has a wicked sense of humor!

      I gradually became much goofier, but not much shorter!

      One day, when I was driving down the highway, a woman stared honking her horn at me. I couldn’t figure out why. I hadn’t done anything rude to her. She weaved between cars and eventually became abreast of me in the lane to my left, frantically pointing to the front and back of my car, then the front and back of her car, then back again. I still had no clue what this crrazy woman was trying to communicate to me.

      She then sped up slightly so that I could see the back of her car. As I looked for clues, I knew instantly what she was trying to convey. Her licensce plate read:

      “GOOFY 1”

      Two goofy people had found each other and she wanted to say “hi” and acknowledge our shared goofiness.

      A big smile spread across my face. I gave a friendly honk and a thumbs-up sign to her. She returned the gestures, and in a flash she was gone.

      But the memory of that chance encounter brings a smile to my face to this day.


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