You know we all have a mindset about the generations that is either in ahead of us or behind us. I can remember looking at my granny’s hand and thinking wow they were wrinkled and hard. They were riddled with arthritis and all knotted. She never complained always there cooking every meal and cleaning afterwards never a complaint. Then there was my Father always tired. Selfless to a fault always giving up anything he wanted or needed to make sure my mother and the children always got wherever the need was at the moment. So my perception of these generations is one of sacrifice and pain.
Well until last night. I was out with friends to dinner. They were driving so we were sitting on the front porch waiting when they pulled up. We got into the car and exchanged hellos and how are yous the normal stuff you do with friends. Then as we were leaving our house the driver informed us we had to make a brief stop to roll a joint for his aunt!!! Now this is no ordinary Aunt. She is mid 80’s and full of live and spunk. I have loved this woman for many years. And she has a terrible time sleeping. Well about 2 years ago somehow she found the wacky weed and presto she slept. So now it’s medicinal for her. She really needs it for her peace. This is a woman who is a wonderful spade player and a true joy to simply sit and talk to. She reminds me a lot of my granny. A soul you can see from the outside a truly compassionate person and a giver of time and advice to all who would be so smart as to listen. Always dressed to perfection and beautiful, I really enjoy this lady.
So here is a lady from 2 generations from me who is living life every day. She never looks back only forward. Living in the moment for simply joys and love. Makes me wonder what the generation behind me sees. Do they see a loving caring hard working group? Or do they see a group of selfish conceited people who only think about themselves. I think, or at least hope, they do not. I think the generation behind us is what I described earlier; as parents we have enabled an entire generation of people to not know what work is to not know what struggle is to not know what broke is because we had those feeling and they were not fun. So being what we thought was good parents we have now raised a generation of people who do not know what work ethic is and that call their parents every time that they stub their toe’s. Good bad or ugly it is what it is. We will all be fine. This generation of kids will find out soon enough that the world is an unfair place. I will never forget whenever I would whine to my Dad that it was unfair. He would tell me “The fair is something that’s down on South Parkway where they judge animals and eat cotton candy” it would piss me off to no end. But you know what he was right. I have been fired, laid off down sized and abused and none of it was fare. However, ever trouble made me a better man. So as we wrap up may we all learn from my friends Aunt; Live life, do not be a passerby get involved be a part it’s quite a ride. I promise!
I suddenly have a craving for some potato chips or cookie’s
The Blessed Man