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Monday, June 13, 2011

Maternal musings

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linchpins, plural;lynchpins, plural
  1. A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position
  2. A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization
a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel; a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation

What happens if the linchpin breaks...or (just hypothetically, of course) runs off to join the circus? 
  • Would the wheel fly off and burst into a million smithereens of unwashed dishes and clothes? 
  • Would the wheel stop turning, clogged by the detritus of unsigned permission slips and uncompleted homework assignments?
  • Would the wheel lose its momentum without access to the locator device for all lost objects that is housed in the linchpin's uterus? 
  • Perhaps the wheel would just waste away without a road map to the refrigerator or a full-time chef...or maybe just fail to function properly after a steady diet of chips, soda, and ice cream?
  • How would the wheel roll out the door to the athletic event, the mall, the dance, the school play, the movies, the pool, the video game store, the orthodontist, the dentist? (OK, so the wheel probably wouldn't cry any tears over those last two.)
Be forewarned, all you wheels out there. Even linchpins need a vacation...it's either that, or the linchpin signs up for a few lessons at trapeze school.

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