What of Tomorrow?


Today was a bright, sunny day. A breeze kept the temperature down, but at 4800 feet elevation the temperature is pretty much down even when it’s up.

I got to spend the afternoon at the dentist. We had such a lovely visit. I always find it so titillating when strangers are sticking their fingers, holding strange metal instruments, in my mouth. (Oooohhhhh, just thinking about it gives me goose bumps) They try to drown me with a stream of water and then attempt to suck my tongue out of my head with that powerful vacuum they wave around like a magic wand. The best part of any visit is when they are wrist deep into my mouth and ask a question. Do they really expect an answer?

Enough of today. What about tomorrow? What does the future hold?

I hope I’ve held your interest long enough that you’ve gotten this far. If I haven’t, then it’s too bad for you. I’m going to rehash a topic that I’ve been on my soapbox about a few times. I’m even going to throw out a quote that I’m guessing you’ve never read before. I’d hate for you to miss it, but if you do, then you do.

102662954_1616802005143261_4518227264797785776_nThe year 2020 has been one helluva year thus far. We’ve been held captive by a pandemic like no other pandemic. It may not have started here, but it sure is helping us make a case for being number one in the world, isn’t it?

Our economy is for shit. I’m wondering how long, if ever, it will take to recover, to get back to a semblance of what it was before it took a swan dive off a very tall cliff. If I heard the president’s top advisor correctly, this is going to be a rocking July. Rock on, I say.

The people marching in the streets have legitimate gripes. We’ve heard them all before, but not quite like we’re hearing them now. They’re marching against racism (why we haven’t fixed this problem before now is beyond me), people of all colors hand in hand shouting for equality for all. I say shout on. Let the world hear your words.

The protesters are screaming about police brutality, and I don’t blame them. It’s all over the media, social and tv, for us to witness first hand. It’s a shame that we only see, and remember, the few bad apples that infect the ranks of the just. It does not mean that all law enforcement officers are bad. It will just take time to weed out the ones that are, leaving only those who want to do good.

The people are screaming about social injustice. It’s everywhere, across all walks of life. It’s something that has become more and more prevalent in our society. And the sad fact is it’s getting worse by the day. Many years ago a lady pointed out to me that “money talks and shit walks.” Folks, there are very few people in this country that hold the keys to Fort Knox. You know where that leaves the rest of us, don’t you?

We’ve got to remember yesterday, because if we forget our past, then we’re more apt to repeat it tomorrow. And, that’s something none of us want to see happen. There might be a few skinheads out there…never mind. Let’s ignore them and maybe they’ll go away.

Speaking to a group of his people, Buckongeahelas, leader of the Delaware nation, said in 1781, “They enslave those who are not of their color, although created by the same Great Spirit who created us. They would make slaves of us if they could, but as the cannot do it, they kill us. There is no faith to be placed in their words.” Sounds like he just might be describing out current day government, doesn’t it?

We should never forget that this country was founded on genocide and slavery. It’s a fact rooted deep in history. It’s not something that we should be proud of, celebrate, attempt to rewrite, or forget, but it is something that we should learn from so that we will never repeat those mistakes of yore. Let that knowledge help us move into a better tomorrow.

So, what of tomorrow? What’s there for those of us willing to greet a new day? Only the rising sun can know.

Maybe this will give you the answer — I’m tired. Or, maybe it won’t.

Good night, Mrs. Jackson, wherever you are.