Conflicting Childhood Memory

I was about 6 years old when I had my tonsils removed. 

Mom picked me up from the hospital and the first place she took me was an ice cream shop.  She said I could have anything in the store and I could eat as much ice cream as I wanted. 

I had so many conflicting feelings at that moment and it was hard for my little brain to contemplate them all.

A part of me was elated.  This was like a dream come true.  However, a part of me was dejected.  My throat was so sore, I didn’t feel like eating anything. 

I finally decided to get an ice cream sandwich, which I ate with great difficulty and little sadness.

This is one of those childhood memories that will forever be burned into my mind.

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Lottery Winnings and Museum Renovations

The Houston Memorial Library is located in Athens, Alabama.  The house was owned by George Houston, a former governor of the state of Alabama.  George Houston died in 1879,  and the Houston family donated the property to the city of Athens, with the stipulation that it be used as a library/museum.

However, over the years the building deteriorated and the city failed to complete the required maintenance to keep the facility functional.  In 2016, the city indefinitely closed the museum for renovations.

It breaks my heart to see this building in such a deplorable state.  All those historical documents, old books, and antiques are locked inside the building.  The building is full of items with educational and cultural value, but it’s all just rotting away.

If I won the lottery, I would buy that building and have it fully restored.  I would open it back up for the public to use and have activities for children, so they can learn to appreciate the value of museums and libraries.

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