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Discover ‘Northern Chautauqua Discoveries’

May 18, 2013
By MARGARET VALONE , The OBSERVER

So much has happened since my Mother's Day column, but I'd like to continue with that theme. Maybe this story will explain the source of my positive thinking. I owe it all to my mother and "Pollyanna." My oldest sister, Grace, had polio and was homebound as a result. This led to her becoming an avid reader to occupy herself. She used to tell our mother about everything she read and our mother would pass it along to us. One of her books, "Pollyanna," featured a young girl who would look on the bright side no matter what happened. For example, if someone broke his or her left leg, Pollyanna would say "Thank goodness it wasn't your right arm," etc. So whenever we had problems, our mother would say "Let's play Pollyanna." Attitude means a lot.

 
 

 

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