I have just read an article on the average age of the senators now serving in the U.S. Senate. It’s no wonder our country is going to hell at a rapid pace. The place is full of a bunch of old white men who think they can fix a problem they created. Why don’t they pack up, go home, sit in their rocking chairs on the front porch, and reminisce about the time when this country was great?
Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t noticed, this country is not as great as it once was. And, who do you think started the ball rolling down the hill? I won’t answer that question for you. I think you already know.
I’ve been re-reading a book that I haven’t read since it was first published in the early 1990’s. I find the stories by Tom Robbins quite interesting and thought provoking. Skinny Legs and All is just that—an interesting, thought provoking story that will challenge your beliefs, and might even cause your brain to hurt as you think about the ideas he puts forth. The story itself is quite entertaining, however the way he weaves in the challenges to everyday thought, and lifestyles, makes for interesting reading.
I’m going to reproduce a chapter here that I had to go back and read a couple of times. It not only made me stop and think about my life in Western culture, but life around the world. As you read this quote, keep in mind that it comes from a work of fiction which has been interwoven with snippets of fact. So, go ahead and read it, then, ask yourself, “How close to the truth did Mr. Robbins get?”
I showed a neighbor of mine the picture you see here and the first words out of her mouth was, “If there’s any spanking to be done, I wanna be first.”
I replied, “Mae, you’re 83 years old. Nobody is going to spank you.”
“No? Then, how about I spank you?” she declared and came at me with the fly swatter.
I ran to protect myself. I didn’t think I’d have any trouble outrunning her, but it was a close call. The walker she uses has wheels. Big, fast wheels. I had a helluva time staying a step ahead of her.