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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Habits

Tom Boswell's wrote a good column yesterday on how our habits define who we are (click here).  Excerpt follows:
Reading Boswell's thoughts on habits made me think of when I first received the diagnosis that I am a creature of habit.

Several years ago I drove over to visit my Cousin John in Gloucester, Virginia one Friday after work.  His sister Marianne was here from Florida also visiting with him.

When I arrived there right around 6 o'clock, John informed me that the plan was for all of us to go out to dinner and that he had made dinner reservations for 6:30.   I said something to John about him taking a chance that I would be so punctual because sometimes I would make stops along the way to Gloucester.  John laughed and said "Oh no, J. Scott, I knew you'd be here by 6 because you are you are always here by 6.  You are such a creature of habit that you don't even know that you are a creature of habit. "

In an ironic way, John's assessment of my behavior became sort of a personal revelation to me in that I had not previously considered myself as such.  I had always thought of myself as a freewheeling, spur of the moment kinda guy, John's comment forced me to think otherwise.  It was then that I realized that I really do like what I call my routines or my habits if you will.  

As Boswell writes however, all this C-word-related down time has presented us with a good opportunity to see if there aren't some habits in our lives that we may want to adjust or fix.  For instance, after I finish relating the following, I am going to work on my habit of telling awful jokes:  A man asked his priest if he could take Sister Mary out on a date.  The priest told him it was ok to do so as long as he didn't get in the habit.  Ba-dum!

This song from the remake of the movie Alfie came to mind.  

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