Mark Twain

Happy Birthday Mark Twain, an American author and humorist.  Mark Twain was a marketing genius, he stipulated in his will that his autobiography remain unpublished for 100 years after his death, and so it did. In November 2010, one hundred years after his death, the first volume of his autobiography is flying off the shelves. My little blog cannot begin to do this great man justice. I have not had the pleasure of reading all of Twain’s countless writings. I have however dived into his autobiography, and I can tell you that it is mesmerizing. Some of my favorite writings are his quotes and wisecracks. “Always tell the truth, then you don’t have to remember anything.” – “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” Here’s one for Moms of Multiples, “Sufficient unto the day is one baby. As long as you are in your right mind, don’t you ever pray for twins. Twins amount to a permanent riot. And there ain’t any real difference between triplets and an insurrection!”  OK, I’m living that quote!

Mark Twain and his family.

In reading his autobiography, I have learned so much about those long ago years and what his life was like. We went to see his boyhood home in Hannibal, Mo. and the museum, a wonderful place to visit. As November 30, 2010 approaches, I will keep this great writer in mind and wonder…..what it would have been like to know him.

A quote from Mark Twain,”I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year 1910, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks, they came in together, they must go out together.”

Halley’s Comet