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Earl Chinnici ~
As I was saying when I first started this story, Cathy and I were on the phone with each other at the time and she was watching me. “Maybe you should move those things away from you”, she said. I hurriedly looked around to see what things I should move, but I did not find anything out of place. Within a few moments, it became obvious to me that I did not understand. Those nine simple words confused me to no end and so I asked her, “Move what things away from me?”
Her reply was soft-spoken. In hindsight, I realize that Cathy chose her words carefully so this suggestion would have the greatest impact possible without causing me to feel even the least bit pressured into doing something that I did not want to do. My dear friend Cathy gently replied, “Please don’t think that I’m trying to tell you what to do. It’s your life and you can of course, do what you want to with it. This is just a suggestion. You might want to consider moving those cigarettes away from you.”