I grew up in the Mississippi delta in a mid-sized town that was bordered by the Mississippi river and all its sister cousins. Often in the evenings of summers past, families could be found sitting out beneath carports, porches and large magnolia and pecan trees playing cards, reminiscing or just spending time casting a watchful eye over their children.
If you hoped to enjoy dinner out in the cool evening, that would be a mistaken thought on your part. For if it weren’t mosquitos that attempted to eat you as you ate, it was those darn flies that acted as if they were the guests of honor. No self respecting grandma was ever to be found without a fly swatter close by, to bring down flies and sassy youngins too.
But, back to those flies. I mean, you could be having the best time, laughing and throwing down your best hand in spades and bid whist and waving your hands trying to swat those dratted flies and their gang of friends. It was a battle to see who would give up first. I mean you had your arsenal, the bug spray and about a gazillion fly swatters, but, often, in the end, the gathering broke up and folks went home or tried to pack into the shotgun houses that lined the street.
Now, imagine it’s Thanxsgiving week. (And, it is!) You are trying to get into the mood of gratitude, working up your nerve to attend a family gathering with people, although mostly family, you don’t particularly like that much. Or, maybe, you are single, and thinking ahead to Christmas and New Years’ Eve, where you most likely won’t have a date. Then, you could be far away from family and are lamenting that your Thanxsgiving may be lonelier that you care to experience.
Shoo flies!! When nagging little doubts and thoughts flit about you, taking away your peace and joy, shoo fly! In those times, when you see yourself thinking more on what you don’t have in your life versus the joys and comforts you do, shoo fly!
Boomer wisdom says to never let anything take your spirit of thankfulness. For, there is truly ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Only something as nasty as a fly would swoop in to change your feeling of contentment into a belief that it could be better, IF ONLY. Shoo fly! And, for every fly that refuses to bow under your word, invest in a handy fly swatter and squash that thing that’s trying to bring a sense of discontent and ungratefulness into any aspect of your life that you know is blessed!
Happy Thanxsgiving people and Blessings to you all!
(Boomer babe and her boomer guy will be busy enjoying Thanxsgiving with family and will be on hiatus until Sunday. See you then with all the Boomer Wisdom there is)