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Took or Baggins?

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This morning, early, I got a text message from my daughter. She is married to a great guy named Alex and living and working in Kendall, Florida. Kendall is a suburb of Miami, closer to Homestead than Miami proper. Miami is home to my children; they grew up there. Anyway, she texted me the following message: "Alex just called me a Took. He says I'm a Took and he's a Baggins." The message brought a burst of laughter to my lips. I experienced a sweep of emotion that most of you would be hard-pressed to understand. First, you'd have to know the frame of reference. What are Tooks and Bagginses? If you ever read The Hobbit   and remembered it, you'd get it. Years ago, when I first read Tolkien, I also quickly identified myself as a Took. Tooks love adventures. They take chances. They get restless and shun the accepted and conventional. Tooks make a difference! They are a pain in the ass. We all want to be Tooks, but mostly, we are Bagginses. But why