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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:32 pm    Post subject: THE STRANGER Reply with quote

THE STRANGER

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 has a special niche. My parents were complimentary 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 sciences, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed to predict the future.

He took my family to the first major league baseball game. He made me laugh, and then made me cry.

The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes Mom would get up quietly, while the rest of us were shushing each other, to listen to what he had to say and would quietly 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 to freely) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing!

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 would walk into my parents' den-family room today,you would still see him sitting over in his comer, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?

We just call him TV.

He has a wife now; we call her "COMPUTER".

Their first child is "CELL PHONE".

Second child is "I POD''.

And just recently born was a grandchild - "I PAD"

MY HOW TRUE THIS IS!!!
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thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing
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tigercreekgifts



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. Most of us have grown so accustomed to having these devices in our home that they may as well be considered part of our families.
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AtMemoryLane



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved it.

Made me smile.

Thank you. Laughing
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school-yearbooks



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So are the TV/Computers to blame or is it us for buying them or not regulating them better? lol
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! Very Happy
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