Sharing Stories

Advice, an invisible shield for safety. Put on clean underwear and maybe prevent an accident, the karma panty gods are watching. Carry money for emergencies and independence, but never flash your cash, becoming an object of temptation. Do what you can to protect yourself. Looking back through the tunnel of my life, I see clean underpants, an independent woman who did her best to protect herself and others by passing on great advice. I know I have tried to do my best. I would love to hear Mother ask, “Are you wearing clean underwear?” Mom, you would be proud.

April Ryan is a retired Seattle Metro driver and an actively working writer/poet.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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