Thursday, May 31, 2007

Obituary of the late Mr. Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old Friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
  • Why the early bird gets the worm;
  • Life isn't always fair;
  • Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were
set in place. Reports of a 6 -year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Calpol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home, and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers:
  • I Know My Rights,
  • Someone Else Is To Blame,
  • and I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

So sad. Are you weeping yet?

This is a tongue-in-cheek article, but isn't it true? What nonsense we put up with! What ridiculous requirements are pressed upon us! Sure guidelines and rules are needed so that we have NO abused adults and children. Sure, we need to be careful about too much leniency from another person over our children, but what is school for but to train and teach and perhaps provide the means for a child to become a responsible adult? Why can't we protect ourselves--carefully? Are we so dimwitted that we can't make responsible choices?

Enough ranting. Smile.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
  1. Teresa Slacks' interview coming up June 8th. Learn about her new book soon to be released from the Jenna Creek series.
  1. Father's Day Contest June 12 -- 15. Prize? You're going to love it!

Ready for that vacation? Tips to save your sanity:
  • Take Baking Soda; dissolve half teaspoon in water and rinse in mouth. Natural soother for toothache.
  • Use bubble wrap to wrap breakables.
  • (Here's a unique one) Wear old clothes that you want to get rid of. In certain areas, leave in motels for maids--with a note to that effect or find charity shops in poorer sections and donate them. Less baggage to carry home!

Yesterday's Trivia question answer: POV? Point of View (of course).
Have you been keeping up on the whale situation in California? The Mama & her baby that went up the Sacramental River?
Today's question:

How much milk can a nursing whale produce per day?

A. 80 gallons
B. 120 gallons
C. 160 gallons
D. 200 gallons

Quote: Living the truth in your heart without compromise brings kindness into the world. -- 18th Century monk.



Anonymous said...

You know? I was wondering what happened to Common Sense. ; )

Caroline said...

Yep. you & me both.

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