A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger
Who was new to our small town. From the beginning,
Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer
And soon invited him to live with our family. The
Stranger was quickly accepted and was around
From then on.
As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my
Family. In my young mind, he had a special niche.
My parents were complementary instructors: Mom
Taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.
But the stranger… He was our storyteller. He would
Keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures,
Mysteries and comedies.
If I wanted to know anything about politics, history
Or science, he always knew the answers about the past,
Understood the present and even seemed able to predict
The future! He took my family to the first major league
Ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The
Stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem
Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of
Us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to
Say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.
(I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)
Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions,
But the stranger never felt obligated to honor them.
Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not
From us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor,
However, got away with four-letter words that burned my
Ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.
My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol but the
Stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made
Cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.
He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments
Were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally
I now know that my early concepts about relationships were
Influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he
Opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked
… And NEVER asked to leave.
More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved
In with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly
As fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into
My parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over
In his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and
Watch him draw his pictures.
We just call him ‘TV.’
He has a wife now….we call her ‘Computer.’
Their first child is “Cell Phone”.
Second child “I Pod ”
And a Grandchild: IPAD”—Unknown (via wordsnquotes)
“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”—Ram Das
“Everybody’s born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I’d really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can’t seem to do it. They just don’t get it. Of course, the problem could be that I’m not explaining it very well, but I think it’s because they’re not listening very well. They pretend to be listening, but they’re not, really. So I get worked up sometimes, and I do some crazy things.”—Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle