From The Storyteller
Hello All: This week's story is one that I suspect most of you will be able to relate to. Enjoy, Doug.
“Such a deal. Not even my own brother, but for you today.” I confess these words often flow through my head when I feel somebody is trying hard to sell me something in which I’m not interested. I just don’t “get” why my “new best friend” keeps on talking about their thing, after I’ve told them their thing is something I don’t want to buy. Other things I don’t “get” are Fantasy Football, Bitcoins, eating jalapenos and the four-inch heels on women’s shoes.
Color me silly, but the world I find myself living in holds so many things that I don’t “get”, I wonder if there is anyone in the world that really “gets” it all. I’m not suggesting that things I don’t “get” are bad or immoral. I simply like things that make sense to me. I “get” shoes that are comfortable, food that tastes good, friendly people who have a sense of humor, movies and books whose endings are not predictable, great hats and gentle rains.
And this brings me a comic strip I’ve enjoyed for years - Gary Tulip’s Calvin and Hobbs. Calvin lives with the assumption he “gets” it and plans his comic strip life based on that assumption. “Getting” it is not one of Calvin’s strengths, and things generally don’t turn out the way he expects.
I, like Calvin, lived many years thinking I “get” it. I was mistaken, and over time I’ve grown comfortable with the idea that, while planning is good, “getting” it includes things we could never think of. Example: Ten-years-ago Elaine and I never dreamed (read here expected) we would find ourselves happily living in Lawrence, Kansas with me writing Shoemaker stories.
Observation: I “get” that I don’t “get” it.
Moral: You don’t have to “get it” to enjoy life.
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