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Doomsday crochet

... I must have lived a very protected childhood

by Betty Rossi

I must have lived a very protected childhood...and adulthood. All of a sudden, at my tender age, I'm hearing about "The Doomsday Clock". The news is saying that we only have two and a half minutes left on this clock. Whoa!!! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! What is this clock and who says that there are only two minutes left? Who owns this clock? Where is it located? Rewind the darn thing. What are you waiting for? Is a minute one hundred years? Can I say, "Phew, that was close" or are we going out with a big bang in like...a couple of months?

I'm crocheting my brains out, making things for my great-grandchildren as I think of my mortality and want to leave some beautiful things for my grandchildren's babies. I crocheted so much, so fast last week that I got a dent in my thumb from holding the crochet hook too tightly. I've been running back and forth to the stores, trying to buy all of the beautiful "baby colors" that I can find, pale pinks and blues, the palest yellow you ever saw, sea-foam greens, beautiful, beautiful yarn. Now, you tell me I only have two and a half minutes left until "doomsday"? Swell. Just swell.

Please get the person who is running this clock to knock it off.

Is the middle of the earth cooking and going to go "Boom"? I've got to put down the yarn and crochet hook and "Google" this daggone clock. Who thinks up this stuff? It's like being on the computer and your dear, dear friends send you something that you have to send to one thousand people or risk bad luck for the next hundred years. I hate that stuff.

O.k., so here it is. Wikipedia states the following:

"The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents a countdown to possible global catastrophe." Swell, just swell. It continues to say, "It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bureau of Atomic Scientists and Security Board who are in turn advised by the Governing Board and the Board of Sponsors, including 18 Nobel laureates. The Clock's original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. It hasbeen set backwards and forwards 22 times since then because of the different events in our history..wars, cold wars, treaties, nuclear weaponry, global politics."Phew! My heart is beating a little bit faster again. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed and I'll keep on crocheting.


February 3, 2017


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