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October - more than halfway

on Tuesday, 23 October 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Philip Maenza

October feels like it has been going on forever. There are five Wednesdays in October, which means that there are five editions that need to be written for the month. November has Thanksgiving and football and December is full of holidays. There doesn’t seem to be much going on in the month of October, so I find it rather difficult to find new and relevant topics for my editorials.

I try to put informational or encouraging messages in my articles. I want to share new ideas with people. I want my articles to be not only interesting, but meaningful. This is not an easy task. It seems as though even the best intentions fall short. As the old saying goes, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”.

I actually had pet mice when I was a kid. In the 8th grade I did a science fair experiment that involved mice. The pet store that I got the mice from swore up and down that after my experiment was over that they would take back the mice. However, little did I know that ‘take back the mice’ would really mean ‘feed them to the store snake’. When the store told me the fate of Cow, Teddy, and Roxie, both my parents and myself knew that we couldn’t do that to them. So, there we were, with three mice as pets. At first we didn’t think that this would be such a big deal. The Internet said that pet mice only lived on average six to ten months. The Internet was wrong. Those mice lived for three years.

This long story, in relation to a quote about mice, is simply to further my point. Sometimes we try our best to do what we think will benefit others, but ultimately that goal doesn’t get accomplished. So, here I sit in my office, lamenting over the five weeks in October and reminiscing about the life of Cow, Teddy, and Roxie. This article didn’t end how I expected either. I didn’t think that I would tell the story of the three little mice that ended up needing their own heater and loved empty toilet paper rolls.

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