On The Bricks

August 17, 2017

This is always a fun time of the year. The harvest is approaching quickly. School is about to start. The mornings sun is getting lazy and not coming up until 7. Summer is soon to be over. The weather is great this year and I have to admit it’s never been a prettier August than it is this year.

Those with school aged kids are trying to get vacations over, buying school supplies, and rearranging their schedules. Those of us without kids at home forget what a chaotic time this can be. That’s how humans are. We don’t understand something until it happens to us.

Talking to a young mother this week and she’s one of those that is so happy she had baby … and, yet, she is exhausted. Seems like it is always a surprise to a first time mom. And then when we have grown kids, we forget about that exhaustion. She’ll have another surprise when she has child three or four.

And, yet, there is little sense in telling someone, because we tend to not listen. Have you noticed?

I said, HAVE YOU NOTICED? Pay attention. I’m talking to you.

There are so many things that it’s just easier to let a person find out for themselves. Tell little Johnny it’s hot once and then let him blister the end of his finger. He learns much quicker and you haven’t turned into a nag. Because some things are inevitable. Harsh? Maybe. Being a constant nag is harsh, too.

Don’t answer emails I send you? Then don’t be surprised when yours aren’t read. No, I didn’t call the Fire Department that your office was burning. I didn’t open your email. No fun being you.

Surprised when nobody shows up to your business open house? There were probably as many folks as social events of others that you have attended. Turn about is fair play.

We just seem to have to learn for ourselves.

I’m still learning that I need to keep my mouth shut sometimes. My opinion is not necessary in every single instance. I’m 57 years old and I am getting closer and closer to realizing this is a true statement. The truth can hurt.

I listen to my dad. He’s not a nag and he’s sensible. His emails even get read. This week Papa said this in his email, “Thing are not going well for me. Last Monday I injured my right index finger in a shop accident. As you know, this represents 99% of my typing skills. It is also the 100% of my ability to skillfully operate my TV remote. With football season starting, this is serious. To make things worse, when I read my horoscope this morning it said I was fussy and critical! I may have to quit relying on it to guide my if it is so wrong. What can I do?”

Now you see why I like to read his emails? Sometimes there is a jewel like this. Made me smile for ages.

Speaking of smiles, Strange de Jim, who is some San Francisco geek according to Wikipedia, said, “I don’t eat snails. I prefer fast food.” Now that’s humorous.

Fair started this week. Friday evening from 5 to 8 in the evening is the Oklahoma City Zoo presentations. That should be great. This is sponsored by Apollo MedFlight.

The Turtle Race is Saturday at 11 on the south side of the Activity Center. You could win $100 with your dryland box turtle! Brown and Associates brings this fun moment to us.

Tots ‘N’ Pets is open to kids, two to eight years old, with their pet (horses and cattle excluded) on Saturday at 2 pm for registration. This is a fun time for the kids. Go and watch. The cutest pet, most original pet, most originally named pet, and best presentation of pet (I think you need to put your pet in a tutu or something) is awarded. We used to have some rabbits named Easter and Fried. Those are pretty original names.

Also on Saturday is the Antique Tractor Pull and Machinery Show where the tractors are 1959 models or older. The Pull starts at 6 pm on Saturday there on the fairgrounds.

Saturday evening is the No Man’s Land Dance at the Center, 515 NE 15th Street, from 7 to 10 pm. Playing that evening is “Oklahoma Cowboy and Texas Lady.”

And don’t miss the carnival.

It’s all fun.

See you on the bricks!