From The Storyteller
Nov. 12, 2018, Beards
16 men in the coffee shop. 13 with beards and 3 (me and 2 others) without. Some look like the road show for Duck Dynasty, some are Van Gogh look-a-likes, and some look like the guys in the Lands’ End catalog. I realize clean shaven is old school. “The times they are a changing.”
Years ago one of my daughters got a Spring Break tattoo (in a place hidden by normal clothing). Until then the only person I knew with a tattoo was an uncle who had a Navy anchor tattooed on his forearm. Yesterday in the mall virtually half the people there were proudly displaying large colorful tattoos. “The times they are a changing.”
Women of all ages are buying new jeans that are already torn up, and good old dependable Dunkin' Donuts is changing its name to Dunkin'. Order groceries online and your order will be waiting for you at the drive up later that day. A few years ago you couldn’t give away record albums at a garage sale, and now they are out front at Barnes and Noble. “The times they are a changing.”
We still have our original record collection so retro is good; A/C and smart cell phones are a definite plus, and coffee options have greatly improved. So when I say the “Times they are a changing” it’s not a lament. I’m merely stating a fact. The “I remember when” comments are being made by folks a lot younger than me.
Change makes people (including me) uncomfortable. To deal with that discomfort I use a phrase that helps me put things in perspective. The Phrase: “Trust the Planner, trust the plan, I am a part of the plan, as are the folks who’re not like me.” It works for me.
Moral: Putting things in perspective is important.