Lynna Clark: Good medicine

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 28, 2018

Again I find myself dealing with a lot of pain. So while I’ve had some downtime, I’ve gleaned fresh wisdom and thought I’d share. I’m spiritual like that.

Okay, so I’ve been on Pinterest. Here you go.

“Hell hath no fury like me when I’m slightly inconvenienced or hungry.”

My daughters call that “hangry.”

“Coffee pairs well with silence.” That made me laugh, then I wondered. Who am I kidding? Like David is going to get all chatty in the morning.

For the younger generation:

“You should be required to read a book for every selfie you take.”

For the older generation: [picture Dos Equis guy]

“I don’t always photograph well, but when I do, I use it for my profile pic for years.”

True story:

“Knives are cooler than guns. If I pull a knife you don’t know what I might do; Stab you, open a letter or maybe just frost a cake.”

My husband jokingly calls me a wordsmith. This is really me:         

“Sometimes I use words I don’t know the meaning of just so I can sound more perpendicular.”

Also me:

“Judging from how I react when toast pops out of the toaster, I will never look cool walking away from an explosion.”

What I could have said before I retired:

“The most interesting thing about my job is that my chair spins.”

The sign that used to hang in my office:

“Everyone brings joy to this space: some when they enter and some when they leave.”


“Nothing is really lost until your mom can’t find it.”

Somewhat true:

“When you are dead you do not know you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. The same is true when you are stupid.”

Also true:

“Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down by being told to calm down.”

How I feel:

“INTROVERTS UNITE! Separately… in your own homes.”

What you’re thinking about me right now:

“I can’t tell if you’re on too many drugs or not enough.”

What I think but try not to say:

“You are about to exceed the limits of my medication.”

My parenting philosophy as a young mother:

“I plan to give you love, nurturing, and just enough dysfunction to make you funny.”

And it worked!

One of my new favorites came from our middle daughter. I was trying to decide whether to accommodate someone’s request when she dropped this wisdom. “Mama,” she warned. “Don’t set yourself on fire to keep someone else warm.”

Another daughter told me once while I was really struggling that “God does not waste pain.” I like it. Today for instance; I wouldn’t have found all these clever quotes had I been able to be in the yard like I wanted. As the Lord says, “Laughter does us good like a medicine!”

So go ahead. Smile like you’re up to something! It’ll be fun!

Lynna Clark lives in Salisbury.


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