This year’s political race often reminded me of the squabbles of my children. As we would ride to church, they would sit in the back seat and fight over senseless things, hurling personal insults at one another.
This is my side of the car!
You are breathing on my side of the car!
Her breath stinks!
She’s looking at me!
It’s enough to cause brain damage. How does a parent deal with that kind of quarreling?
Have you ever left a party or meeting mumbling to yourself, “I wish I hadn’t said that?”
Do you know how many more times we leave without knowing how much we said, or how it affected the people around us? I think I am learning.
While bicycling with my wife, Diane, I began to cough uncontrollably. I fell by the side of the road and lay in the grass trying to catch my breath.
The room was full of pregnant women and their husbands. The class instructor said, “Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. And walking is especially beneficial. It strengthens your muscles and will make delivery that much easier. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to do your walking on a soft grass surface or a path.”
Then the instructor spoke to the men. “Gentlemen, remember—you and your wife are in this together. It wouldn’t hurt you to walk with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both.”
Remember the old saying “If you love something, set it free. If it’s really yours it will return to you”? Blah, blah, blah. I think I found a more accurate rendition of that strange proverb. The author is unknown but it goes like this:
If you love something, set it free.
If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.
If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
A motorcycle policeman pulled over a car that had just rushed through a yellow light. The driver explained that when the light turned yellow he thought it would be better to speed through than to stop suddenly and risk getting hit from behind. He reminded the of officer that it was not illegal to go through a yellow light.