Editor's Note: Hundreds of Ann Landers' loyal readers have requested that newspapers continue to publish her columns. These letters originally appeared in 1999.
Dear Ann Landers: How I wish I were a really good writer. Then, maybe I could put my thoughts into words and let you know exactly how I feel. I am an 86-year-old woman who is still keeping house, driving my car and enjoying life. I was blessed with a wonderful husband. He lived to celebrate 61 years of marriage with me.
This morning, I decided to do some washing. I put my clothes in the machine, patted the side of the washer and said, "Do your job." And it did! While waiting for my washing to be done, I sat in my living room and watched TV — waiting for the "ding" to tell me the washing was done. Then, I got up and put the clothes in the dryer.
Sitting there, I thought: Dear God, what a wonderful life I lead. How blessed we are with all the modern conveniences. Do we appreciate them? Then, I looked in my kitchen and saw an electric stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, a toaster, a mixer and many more items that I haven't listed.
I am not wealthy, but I'm not poor, either. I am just a simple, average, middle-class old lady who is living on Social Security and feeling truly blessed that I live in this wonderful country of ours. — Mary Tury in Stockton, Calif.
Dear Mary: Thank you for your beautiful, from-the-heart letter. Very few of us appreciate all the marvelous inventions of our time, especially those everyday appliances that make our lives easier. It was good of you to remind us.
Dear Ann Landers: Do you remember the old saying "April showers bring May flowers"? Well, the true story I am about to tell is a takeoff on that adage.
There was a man in our town named August Flowers. He married a woman named May. She then became May Flowers. In time, they had a baby girl and named her April. One day, friends came over to meet the newcomer. When the mother brought her out, after all the "ooohs and aaahs," she sat the baby on her lap for more admiring comments.
Suddenly, the mother looked stricken. It seems the baby had wet all over her lap. The mother then good-naturedly said, "Well, it's true. April Flowers brings May showers." — J.P. in Gilroy, Calif.
Dear J.P.: I wonder if that good-natured mother ever heard of plastic pants that go over cloth diapers. I recommend them.
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