I enjoy sitting on my porch and watching the world go by, probably because it is so easy. I live on a dead end street, so “the world”, so to speak, is extremely small, consisting mostly of a couple of neighbors, the UPS truck, and an occasional school bus. But that’s OK. It lessens the stress of possibly missing something.
The porch is also the place where I do some of my best thinking. Probably because there are so few distractions. Just the other day, I was thinking about the winter we just finally got rid of and how cold it had been, seldom going above freezing and many days around zero. That’s when it hit me. If the temperature is zero, and someone said “it’s going to be twice as cold tomorrow”, how cold is it going to be? Do you know? I sure don’t. That’s what I mean about fleshing out the really hard questions.
I was sitting there one day when a neighbor went by with his black lab in the back seat with it’s head hanging out of the window, and it set me to wondering. Why is it dogs like to ride like that, but they get mad if you blow in their face. Doesn’t seem to make any sense does it.
Life is full of these little idiosyncrasies. Like why would to feed a kid Alphabet Soup if they haven’t learned to spell yet. Seems like kind of a waste. Better to stay with Chicken Noodle. Every kid can slurp a noodle.
It isn’t as if any of this stuff is new. It’s just that I never had the time to give it the attention it deserves. I have long known for instance that I could tell someone there are four billion stars and they would believe me, but if I tell them the paint is wet, they will have to check.
Some of you are probably thinking I have all together too much time on my hands, and you may be right. But someone has to think about this stuff, and being a person given to shouldering responsibility, I don’t mind stepping up. I’ll do all the heavy thinking so that you have time to think about the small stuff, like “why did I just waste my time reading this?” Just sayin.