It is getting harder to write stories these days. Before I can even finish a sentence I erase it to replace it with another hoping a different angle might not offend. Might Not are the key words. As I look about each week to write my article I have to think through many things before settling on a topic.
There are a few topics that I really don’t explore because a) I might get fired, b) folks get offended mighty quickly these days, and c) some things really are not to be discussed in a public forum. Good topics to write on really can be difficult to find. For instance, politics comes to mind. As we have all seen politics is a most volatile subject. I have danced around the edges a few times but try to stay away as much as possible.
Hmmm…Religion used to be a fairly easy subject to discuss, but these days it is almost taboo. God forbid that I offend or upset anyone who might have a different belief system. I suppose it is too easy to quietly disagree and go separate ways.
Let’s see. I could write about the Super Bowl except that the Dallas Cowboys were not in it so it is not at the top of my list. I can’t really write nice things about Tom Brady, even though he set some great new records, because the record keepers will bring up deflategate and ruin his victory. However, I will go on record saying that Danny Amendola – who graduated from Texas Tech University, my alma mater – played a great game and leave it at that.
I could write about the half time show and how much better it was this year than last but I heard a news cast this morning that indicated Lady Gaga had a “small belly” problem. What in the world? She gyrated all over three acres in four inch heels not to mention jumping from the roof. I sure didn’t notice her belly but I did notice that she was patriotic and that was refreshing.
Not sure writing about patriotism is a good topic either. It is hard to write positive things about our great country when we can’t even get a president elected. It has been three weeks and folks are still promising to move out of the country, protesting, boycotting, and all kinds of things that they could only do in a free country – which is ironic isn’t it? Better not to write about it anyways.
I decided not to write about politics or patriotism and focus instead on parenting, but then remembered I can’t because I believe in consequences and making kids mind and certainly in making them perform chores and come home with good grades. And… I also let all eight of mine have solid food way before the young mothers these days do. In fact, I think a little gravy on mashed potatoes…well never mind. Don’t want to go there. No Parenting articles.
Parenting is out so that leaves what? Education? Ah…I am a teacher so… No. Just my thoughts about education these days might burn a hole in this paper, so, ummm… No. Thank goodness I firmly believe in reading every night and working at the table until understanding happens no matter which method is used. Oops. Back to parenting again. Sorry.
So hard to find a safe topic. I could write about health but honestly I just love piping hot French fries, covered in salt, and washed down with a cold Dr. Pepper. Better not go with healthy living. I do walk and play tennis, but I also cook every night and sometimes we have gravy with our meals. Oh, I know, I know, it does not go with the leafy green things we are supposed to be eating but gravy over mashed potatoes is… well, heaven!
Heaven! “Oh Heavens!” is more like it. And I am down to a few choices to write about. The weather is always safe. Well, the weather WAS always safe. I don’t guess it is anymore. Climate change, Ice caps melting and all that. So, weather is out. Environment is out. Agriculture leads to chemicals which are destroying our foods so I guess that is out as well.
OK, I am down to one little sentence for my article this week. I don’t think it is offensive to anyone.
The sun is shining brightly through my office/bedroom window while I sit safe and alone in the middle of the day without the sound of gunfire or bombs in the background, sipping on a large glass of ice water, pushing the little, floating, limes away from the edge with my tongue as I contemplate the crazy world in which we live and am forever thankful to be American, to be loved, and to be alive. Amen.
I guess I can write Amen. If it offends anyone then please just pretend not to see it.