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The Way I’ve Scene ItBY DENISE POYERDear Old Man,You and I have known each other for decades, but I think our rela- tionship is starting to sour a little. I would hate to breakup with you in such a public way, but I think maybe we are growing apart, and I am willing to do whatever is necessary to keep my mental health. As has been your way all along, I am sure you would pre- tend not to hear me, and so it has come to this – a letter.You know, in the beginning, I liked you, I did. I liked you a lot in fact. You caught my fancy way back in the day. Early on, every time you came around, you made my eyes sparkle, I always got butterflies in the pit of my stomach, and you made my heart skip a beat. I guess that is pretty common before the won- derment wears off and routine sets in. I must say, you played a little hard to get – coming by just when it suited you, staying as long as you cared to, and then taking your leave without so much as a goodbye. Let’s face it. You have not al- ways been there for me, and sometimes when I want you around the most, you are nowhere to be found. I should have known THAT would lose it’s magic! Come to think of it, you have always been a bit of a jerk, really. You never seem to care if I have something else going on, you just jump in and demand attention. You evidently need to have all eyes on you when you do bother to show up. It’s like your arrival is worthy of the evening news on every channel. Yeah, yeah, you are charming for those who are just getting to know you, but I am over it, and you don’t exactly impress my friends anymore either. Frankly, we are all just over it.I wish I could just have you around when it suits ME. My sister used to say, “I want a man in my life... not in my house!” That’s how I feel about you, Old Man. I want you around when it suits me. I know that sounds bad, but it’s the truth. I just want you to come see me for a few months. I will adore you and talk nice about you to all my friends, and IA Letter to the Old Manwill bow to your demands and clean up after you, but after that, I want you gone. I mean, I don’t want you to go away mad, I just want you to go away. You know, no hard feelings. Just the two of us biding a fond farewell until next time. That all seems too good to be true. I think the likelihood is that we will continue on as we do, with you getting your own wayall the time, and me getting my own way whenever it suits you. I am nothing if not nostalgic. I just want things to go back to the way they were all those years ago. Perhaps when I retire, you will regain your appeal, and we can coexist peace- fully, with me wearing my warm comfy clothes with a sloppy bun in my hair and no particular place to go, and you, like a bull in a china shop, coming and going as you please, causing havoc for every- one and demanding everyone’s attention like a petulant child, and yet, awfully at- tractive to the eye. You, Old Man Winter, need to be a little more thoughtful about how you treat people! Come early if you need to, stay off the roads, stop giv- ing everyone the cold shoulder, and for Pete’s sake, please have the decency to leave by the end of March! I’m already sick of you by the end of February, so it seems like the least you can do!— Warmest regards, DeniseSince1958WILL MILLERFRANKIE ZANETTIn Fast, Expert Installation n Free Estimates n Residential and Commercial1338 W. Michigan (Urbandale), Battle Creek, MI n 269-962-8779 Hours: Tue-Fri 8:30am-56:300pm / Mon 8:30am-78:00pm & Sat 9:00am-1:00pm U.L.A.B.A. MEMBERMIKE STAIBJOHN ZANETTIMEN IN BUSINESS I SCENE 4401 7

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