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May 30, 2012

Poor Tom's Almanac: Life is chock full of surprises!


Had I postponed that pit stop for a minute, I would have caught the game-winning goal in the tournament. Too bad they didn't invent in instant replay.

Every day is full of surprises, whether it's a telephone call from a distant friend or relative or an unexpected greeting at church or on the street. A winning lottery ticket will not be a surprise. I don't indulge.

It's always a nice surprise to wake up each day with renewed enthusiasm and see the sun shining brightly.

A movie or book with a surprise ending always makes us wonder. Or seeing a Stanley Cup championship with my beloved Boston Bruins last year. Nothing in my world of sports was greater than watching the United States Olympic hockey team stun the Russians 32 years ago, giving rise to that "miracle on ice." Who would have predicted it?

As my 50th wedding anniversary approaches in three years, this milestone will not be a surprise. We'll be celebrating the occasion in Disneyworld with our grandchildren.

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Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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