I recall how I would play with the kids when they were younger. I’d mix up the first letters of words just for fun and they’d try to figure out what I was talking about (sort of like “igpay Atinlay” – did you get that?) Sometimes it made for interesting phrases.
You know the story of Cinderella, right? How she had some bad sisters (or in this case, sad blisters)… Well, when we were in DisneyWorld in Orlando, we actually got to meet Cinderella’s mean step mom and her two sad blisters. I must say that the subject of this photo today was one of her sad blisters, and she was hilarious!!!! What a card! She was fery vriendly, but acted her role to perfection! If she was in the movies, I think she could make a lot of money because she was so good at being a sad blister!
From THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1994, Susan Smith reports that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car. Although authorities immediately began searching for three-year-old Michael and one-year-old Alex, they could find no trace of them or of Smith’s car. After nine days of intense national media attention, Smith finally confessed that the carjacking tale was false and that she had driven her Mazda into the John D. Long Lake in order to drown her children.
Both Susan and her husband, David Smith, who had had multiple affairs during their on-and-off relationship, had used their children as pawns in their tempestuous marriage. Apparently, Susan was involved with another man who did not want children, and she thought that killing her children was the only way to continue the relationship.
Ironically, Smith’s murder came to light because she had covered her tracks too well. While believing that the car and children would be discovered in the lake shortly after the search was started, she never anticipated that the authorities might not be able to find the car. After living under the pressure of the media’s scrutiny day after day, Smith buckled. She was convicted on two counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
In a book David Smith later wrote about the death of his children, Beyond All Reason, he expressed an ambiguous wish to see Susan on death row because he would never be able to relax and live a full life with her in prison.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The pretzel is named from the Latin word brachiatus meaning “having branch-like arms.”