From The Storyteller
Hello All: Tis the season for memories and imaginations. Enjoy. Doug
“He never charged nothing for his preaching, and it was worth it”, quoting Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. For more times than I care to count, I’ve sat through lectures, trainings and classes where I was hoping to get at least one useful idea from the presentation. Some days I was lucky, and some days Huck Finn’s comment held true.
Which brings me to the idea of learning new stuff and Yogi Berra’s comment, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” The reason I willingly signed up for countless “continuing ed” events is the fact that I’m not dead. It’s possible that by the time you read this I might be, but until I make it official I’m going with the idea there’s more to learn and better ways to do things.
Which brought to mind a second Yogi Berra quote, “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”, highlighting the constant nature of change. As a kid growing up, finding a nickel on the ground was a big deal, because I could buy five pieces of Bazooka Bubble gum. Today, for $12.98 + shipping and tax, Amazon will sell me a tub filled with 225 pieces (6 cents apiece).
This of course causes me to smile instantly as I thought about Halloween candy and costumes. Which in turn reminded me of the year one of my sons made a full-size, Paper-Mache eyeball for his son’s costume, and then images of our kids dressed as superheroes, fairy princess, and Star Wars characters.
My childhood memories included being a ghost in a sheet and a hobo in my dad’s old coat and hat. I also thought of that adult Halloween party where I painted myself green to become the Hulk. Imagination actually had me laughing out loud.
Moral: When it comes to Halloween, go for it and make memories.