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Real Holiday Cheer Weird Facts & Trivia - 2 Upbeat Family, Life & Living by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~ gafraire@comcast.net


Sonoma County, CA. ~ A good friend who loves the holiday season decided she would have a party — a party without children. It had been so long since my wife and I had been out, any- where, without children that it took awhile for the concept to sink in. I even heard myself saying, “Without children,”


as if the concept had to be re- peated before my brain could absorb the notion.


After I hung up the phone


it began to dawn on me what was ahead. It didn’t matter what else might happen at this party, the fact that no lit- tle person would be clinging to my leg was excitement enough.


Since we don’t go out much we don’t have a list of babysit- ters. The few friends we have that we exchange sitting times with, were probably going to the same party. The neighbor girl who sometimes helped us out had the nerve to go away to college. After dozens of calls


and ask-


ing favors from strangers we fi- nally found a sit- ter.


As I stood in front of my closet I felt an-


other strange sensation. It had been so long since I actually “dressed up” I was actually going through a decision pro- cess as to what to wear. It had been so long since I’d even had this thought process I fi-


nally had to break down and ask my daughter what I should wear. She picked out an en- semble. We were at the party less than


an hour


and I was trying to make small talk about non- sense of little importance me.


to


I laughed at myself. All I could


do was


think of my daughters and the


quickest


way to leave the adult party


and get home to my girls.


Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, poems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.


Gabriel


BLACK FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29


SALES EVENT Pg 8 • NOVEMBER 2019 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


The Mesopotamians built the first simple irrigation system around 7000 B.C. The earliest large-scale irrigation system was created around 4000 B.C. in southern Russia. This system had canals up to 10 feet across and more than a mile long.


In 1830, it took about 250 to 300 labor hours to produce 100 bushels (5 acres) of wheat. In 1975, it took just 3¾ hours.


The word “farm” is from the Old French ferme, meaning to “rent, lease,” and the Latin firmare, “to fix, settle, confirm, strengthen.”


There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea.


Britain is the second-larg- est nation of tea drinkers per capita.


Ireland is the first.


According to legend, tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, known as the “Divine Healer.” Purport- edly, he discovered the beverage when tea leaves accidentally blew into his pot of boiling water.


The memories we make with our family is everything. ~ Candace Cameron Bure


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