Our Girl took special delight in telling the tale of “the dolls”. When she was growing up, she shared a bedroom with her much (much, her words, not mine) older sister. During the winter, she liked the window open for fresh air. (I can vouch for that. There was only one time when the window had to be closed. You can guess when that was. Noise might travel.)

Her sister liked to arrange her doll on the windowsill. When Our Girl wanted the window open, she’d open it. Gravity might take over. And the dolls would be in the alley. Jack would retrieve them and Peg would administer ‘discipline’. When Our Girl was particularly POed, she’d just hide the dolls, open the window, and let the fun begin. Jack would search … unfruitfully. Peg would ‘discipline’ doubly. And, Our Girl enjoyed every minute of it.

I swear she got a bigger kick out of telling that story than doing the ‘evil deed’.

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FUN: No, it’s not an adventure, it’s a mistake!

Memorable quotes for “How I Met Your Mother” Milk (2006)

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Ted: No, it’s not an adventure, it’s a mistake!

Lily: OK, yes it’s a mistake. I know it’s a mistake, but there are certain things in life where you know it’s a mistake but you don’t really know it’s a mistake because the only way to really know it’s a mistake is to make the mistake and look back and say ‘yep, that was a mistake.’ So really, the bigger mistake would be to not make the mistake, because then you’d go your whole life not knowing if something is a mistake or not. And dammit, I’ve made no mistakes! I’ve done all of this; my life, my relationship, my career, mistake-free. Does any of this make sense to you?

Ted: I dunno, you said mistake a lot.

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When you wake up from a four decade dream, you ask: “Was it a mistake?”.

Did I steal a life time of joy and stuff all 8 decades of joy into 4?

No mistake.

A mistake is putting ketchup on your hot dog or mustard on your hamburger. (There are some acts that are just unnatural!)

Unfortunately, life has no VCR. Can’t rewind it and do it over. Like the movie Groundhog Day, with Bull Murray figuring out how to win the girl’s heart.

Sometimes the Universe sets it up for you. Sometimes you have to make it rain?

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