Nobody asked me, but…..

11 Dec

The grandkids (six of seven of them; Emaline is a newborn and couldn’t make the trip yet) at dinnertime on Thanksgiving.

Dinnertime on Thanksgiving. We all have many blessings.

Nobody asked me, but…..

…..I’m amazed. Yet another public figure is accused of marital infidelity. Lots of it. And, like those before him, he apparently thought he could get by with it. Half a dozen women have now come forward alleging they’ve had affairs with golfer Tiger Woods. It appears he was working on more than his golf game in his free time. Don’t you wonder how long this would have gone on had he not had his car wreck? Will he make the standard public apology to his family and fans like so many public figures do, with his devoted wife standing by her man? Also, why haven’t all of the companies whose products Tiger endorses — like Nike and Gatorade — dumped him already?

…..I think a person can be both polite and assertive at the same time. I remember how a few years ago I was glued to the TV when there was a knock at the door from two Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’m an NFL fan, and there was less than a minute to go before kickoff at the Super Bowl. I opened the door, saw who the visitors were and said something like this, “I’m a Christian, I’m happy with my church and the Super Bowl starts in seconds. Have a nice day.” With that I closed the door and hurried back to my LaZBoy.

…..I appreciate humor in everyday life. In November it had been raining and dreary for a couple of days when I ran into my former neighbor, Walcott veterinarian Grant Allison, at the post office. “It will be sunny tomorrow!” he said confidently. “Really?” I asked. “Yes,” he replied. Then he added with a smile: “But I didn’t say in Iowa.”

…..I’m pleased that Eldridge Mayor Brad Noel decided to complete his term and has received a good deal of support and encouragement from many folks as he works through some personal problems. Sure, his difficulties have no doubt been a distraction for him. But I’ve known Brad for a long time and have never once thought he’d let his troubles get in the way of serving Eldridge to the best of his ability.

…..The older I get, the more Thanksgiving means to me. Sure, we all have problems. For many of us, they are just little bumps in the road. For others, they are serious concerns. But we all need to gather with family or friends at least one day a year to remember how many blessings we also have. My wife came up with a neat idea a couple of years ago. At our prayer before dinner as we sit around the table, we all join hands and each person says aloud one thing he or she is thankful for.

…..Every time I read in the paper about another juvenile delinquent getting caught for some misdeed, it occurs to me that school districts need to let teachers drop that boloney about treating little Johnny with kid gloves so as not to damage his self-esteem. I think we need to forget about self-esteem some and let little Johnny know the difference between right and wrong — and that there are consequences for doing wrong. True, teachers shouldn’t have to teach discipline, but some parents certainly aren’t getting the job done.

…..This is the time of year that when a clerk offers the politically correct, “Happy holidays” to me, I delight in answering, “Merry Christmas!”

Copyright 2009 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises. This “Everyday People” column appeared in The North Scott Press, Eldridge, Iowa.

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