|Greeting to all and welcome to new friends to the EastWing.
Seems somewheres I read “March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.” Ya remember that? Well what if it comes in like a lamb? Out like a lion? Shewwww. I hate when that happens. Like a lion in southeastern Kentucky this year. Death and destruction walked the mountains this March 2nd, 2012. A deadly Mountain Lion indeed.
Did ya ever wonder why things happen the way they happen? Don’t wonder. It does ya no good to wonder why things happen. It’s good enough to know they do, they just do. Time and time again things just happen, good things and bad things happen in your life and if ya spend time wondering why, well, you’ll never figure it out. So get on with your life.
It matters not if good things or bad things happened in your past life, the future is the important part of your life, not the past, so wonder not and plan for the future and you’ll be ok down the road.
All too often we spend so much of our time thinking of the past and never having one single second of time to change what has happened back there. It’s like an old Italian saying brought to my Family of Howard by the beautiful Italian She: “FORGET ABOUT IT!”. Just look into your future and you’ll never be disappointed.
We’ve a saying here in the Family of Howard, “We don’t fail, we reload”. Simply put, we’ve never looked back. In times of trouble, it may be hard to not look back, but ya must reload to meet the future, and so we do as a family of Howard, we reload, it’s damn hard to do sometimes, but we reload and go, and so must you.
It works for us and I’m praying it’ll work for all of you. It’s called hanging tuff. It’s hard, but worth every minute of every day, when ya hang tuff. When ya reload, then you’re good to go. Hanging tuff is good, hard tuff but good stuff. I’m hoping it’ll really work for you when you need it most, in these times of trouble.
Several people have inquired about the possibility of purchasing homeland security services from Bentley’s “PIT BULL INC” Security Force. Bentley says “adopt a baby PIT, and have your own home grown security force along with a true friend for life. Bentley also says “Pit Bulls Rule” but he only says that when Spike The Man Cat’s not around.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having lunch with a college professor of the English Language, a PhD kinda guy, a special friend of mine, who just so happens to work at Purdue University. Now I know it’s not the Ohio State University, but I don’t hold that against him. I see him about once a year, he comes to have me prepare this income tax returns and stick me for a free lunch.
It was during lunch he asked me in what ten year period of my life did I think I’d learned the most. We were in the middle of a most fascinating conversation about how the human learning process occurs within our species. Of how babies are liken to dry sponges, absorbing knowledge like a ponge. Just sucking it up to fill every pore.
It was after much thought, maybe ten seconds or so, I concluded it had to be the first ten years of my life. And so it was during those ten years spent in Kentucky that I chose to present my argument in support of the position for the learning decade. Undisputable facts can support any position. A learning decade is just one such example of being supported by undisputable facts. And so I laid it all out for challenge:
A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 3,500 of them live in Magoffin County Kentucky, and the other 1,500, well, that other 1,500, they live over there in Breathitt Co. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of ‘em live in a five county section of southeast Kentucky. If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite cha. Onced and Twiced are both words. Onced means onced and Twiced means twiced. Jawl-P? Means, did you all go to the bathroom recently? It’s a yes or no question. Fixinto is one word. It means I’m going to do that pretty soon, but just not right now. There is no such thing as lunch. There is only breakfast, dinner and then there’s supper. Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two, or if you’re tuff, really tuff, when you’re one. Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you, backwards and forwards. The word jeet is just a question meaning, ‘Did you eat? Just another yes or no question. You don’t need a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see what to do next. You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH em. Ya’ll is singular. All ya’ll is plural. You only need five spices in life: salt, pepper, mustard, Tabasco and ketchup, and mayonnaise is a dessert. You know what a hissy fit is. You know that fried catfish is the other white meat.
Well, after hearing my argument for my first ten years, my friend said he wished he’d had an opportunity to also attend the Tip Top Elementary School, ‘cause he missed out on a lot of that stuff. Looking back, I’m amazed on how much I had learned by the time I finished the 3rd grade there at the Tip Top Elementary School. It must have been that low student / teacher ratio that made the difference. There were only forty two of us for that one teacher. But she had the paddle, so that made it about 1:1 for her side of the equation.
Not one time in my life did I ever get a paddling at school, not even close. But I had one cousin there at the Tip Top Elementary School, one cousin, bless his heart, he got enough for me, him and three of his brothers.
That was back before “Parent / Teacher Conference” was in vogue. At that time the classroom teacher was judge, jury and executioner when it came to class room decorum. Today when a child is disruptive in a class room, the Parent / Teacher Conference kicks in, and now that forum allows the Mamas and the Pappas an opportunity, in the presence of the child, to dump on the teacher for not doing a good job of teaching their child.
And so now babies kill babies in class rooms with guns brought from home. Then we stop and wonder why.
Stay safe in Afghanistan.
From the EastWing, Mountain Lions of March, Reload in Times of Trouble, Pit Bull Inc, The Learning Curve, A Good Teacher / Student Ratio, Then Wonder Why.
I Wish You Well,