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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Choose any day

  • Let’s say you’re kicked back this afternoon, about to take a nap after a nice dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and okra.
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  • Let’s say you’re kicked back this afternoon, about to take a nap after a nice dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and okra.
    And just before you rattle off that first snore, a genie appears on the armrest of your recliner, pokes you in the ribs and says you have been selected for a one-time offer to relive any day of your life.
    No strings attached. Just pick a day and – poof – you’re off to relive it.
    What day would you choose?
    The day you got married? The day one of your kids was born? Or maybe Oct. 7, 2000, which OU fans immediately recognize as the day of the 63-14 beatdown of Texas. Now, that was a good day.
    If you’re of a religious bent, perhaps the day you became a Christian.
    I might go with Aug. 29, 1977, which I didn’t know at the time would be a life-changing day for me. That was the morning a dark-haired girl with freckles chose the seat in front of me in a class at East Central.
    The impact of that happy day became clearer over the following three and a half decades and it’s a day I’d relive because it was good.
    Maybe you’d choose a day because you’d like to correct a mistake, to have your own Omega 13 moment where you could do one thing differently because it changed your life in a bad way.
    I don’t have many regrets in my life, but I might pick a holiday or family gathering after my kids were born and while my parents were still alive so that I could bask in the day and remind them all how much I love them.
    Or maybe you should ask the genie if the offer has an expiration date.
    Wouldn’t hurt to negotiate because you never know. When all is said and done, maybe you haven’t yet lived the day that you’d like to do over.
    Maybe tomorrow will be the best day our lives and the one we’d like to live twice.
     
    - Brian Blansett is publisher of The Shawnee News-Star.

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