Day 2874: I know things ordinary people don’t know

I know things ordinary people don’t know because I

  • was born with a very unusual heart,
  • grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household,
  • had an incredibly funny, creative, and kind father, who loved to make people laugh,
  • had an incredibly caring, kind, clean and neat mother, who loved to laugh,
  • realized I had a connection with cats when I was very young,
  • had my first major heart surgery when I was 10 on the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated,
  • have relied on cardiac pacemakers to keep me alive since that day,
  • spent a lot of time in hospitals where I met many different types of people,
  • danced in our basement to musicals when nobody was watching,
  • read voraciously when I was young,
  • learned to play the piano, guitar, and ukulele,
  • attended three schools where everyone there knew I had a heart condition,
  • travelled across the USA by bus when I was 21,
  • visited many different countries,
  • danced, danced, danced in the 1970s even though my heart rate was fixed at 72 beats per minute,
  • majored in English literature at college,
  • worked as a technical writer, marketing writer, teacher, manager, and psychotherapist,
  • volunteered for several years at a suicide hotline,
  • attended graduate schools for film studies and social work,
  • love hearing other people’s stories,
  • married two extraordinary men,
  • gave birth to an extraordinary son when I was 45 years old,
  • saw people behave at their best and their worst and everything in between (including me),
  • survived the coronavirus,
  • have kept learning from all the people I have encountered in my long life, and
  • have the Daily Bitch calendar, which knows a lot.

Can you tell that I know things ordinary people don’t know from the rest of today’s photos?

Harley knows things that ordinary cats don’t know, but he’s not telling.

It’s a good thing I know things that ordinary people don’t know, because I’ll be teaching several interns about my Coping and Healing groups this morning at 9.

Here is “I Know Things Now” from Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim, whom I’ve known I’ve loved for a long, long time.

I also know gratitude that ordinary people don’t know, every day, so thanks to to all the extraordinary people I’ve known, including YOU!

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32 thoughts on “Day 2874: I know things ordinary people don’t know

  1. Dreamer9177

    All those wonderful things make you who you are. Unique and precious.

  2. Yep – you are truly extraordinary Ann 💝💝💝

    • Yep, Val, and you probably know that I’m going to say that it takes one truly extraordinary person to know another one.


  3. You have it going on, Ann, and I am glad to be in your sphere.

  4. and you have laughed and danced your way through life, even through the landmines you encountered along the way.

  5. Me too, and they’re secret!

  6. It’s not just your heart that’s unusual. You have a lot of unusual and amazing qualities that add up to the single great person you are.

  7. I misread “attended three schools where everyone there knew I had a heart condition” as “attended three schools where everyone I knew there had a heart condition” and I was momentarily very impressed by how specialized and supportive the American education system is.

    For as long as I’ve known you, I’ve known that you are not ordinary, and that you know things that ordinary people don’t know. I feel lucky to have stumbled across your blog during a very dark (but not very ordinary) time in my life.

  8. puella33

    I am so glad you published this post, Ann, because it proves the argument of not being judgemental without knowing well a person. I think you are an extraordinary woman, and we’re all surpass “ordinary” if we only look inside ourselves and our life story.

  9. You’ve also had Harley, who studied medicine and was recently knighted, and Poet Laureate Oscar by your side. Your blog is so expressionistic too.

    • I liked Carmen Mc Rae’s “How little we know” better but thought I’d share this one too.

      • “I Know Things Now” from Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim is more positive, I see now.

    • Thanks for sharing this, Maria! Yes, I originally was going to use Carmen McRae’s “How Little We Know” in this post and then changed my mind. You’ve inspired me to share that song here:

      • Thanks for re-posting it. I later read that they tried to substitute Lauren Bacall’s voice with Judy Johnson’s (born Betty Bonney) but decided to leave Bacall singing it herself. If you want to hear it it’s here ( Carmen McRae is considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century.

  10. How little we know indeed! But we all know something others don’t and that’s all to the good. I do wish I was at your dinner table most nights.

  11. I know that there is *nothing* ordinary about you, Ann. This list confirms it. I’m extraordinarily happy our paths crossed in the blogosphere.🥰

  12. I know – that when I find your blog on my Reader, it will be an extraordinary day! I hope you had an “anything but ordinary day”yesterday (writing this on 14 November 2020). And can I come to your house for dinner, you always seem to eat such scrumptious food?

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