Seeking…

The walkers are out in Little Egypt. Abundant sunshine and cool and crisp autumn air is an excellent prescription for what ails you. We had the first freeze of the season, last night. Grass cutting will soon be over. We enjoyed Polar Whip double-loaded cheeseburgers for lunch accompanied by fried green beans. Polar Whip, in Herrin, Illinois, is 90 years old. As Samuel L. Jackson’s character said in the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’…they make a ‘Tasty Burger.’ Of course, a ‘Tasty Burger’ is what many of us are seeking.

A former boss of mine loved to pan for gold. He went out west and spent countless days engaged in the possibility of discovering small nuggets of the precious metal. About that same time, I purchased a Tom Clark Gnome of an ecstatic seeker of gold…with his head thrown back and a wide and open smile on his face…as he held his pan with gold in it…

Some of our richest fellow citizens are seeking the mystery of space. If you are very wealthy you could book passage on their rockets for a 12-minute ride…of a lifetime. We all are looking for something that we do not have…including the singer Jimmy Buffett…who is looking for his lost shaker of salt…

Dissatisfaction is part of our DNA. We want to see what we have not seen and hear what we have not heard…and become who we are not. Courage and purpose and a sense of place propelled us to leave England and seek a new home in the Americas. The story of Thanksgiving is the story of inclusion. and working together…for a bit… ‘In the fall of 1621, 90 Wampanoag Indians and 52 English colonists gathered for a three-day harvest feast. How did Americans get from that celebration to the Thanksgiving ‘traditions’ we observed today?’ The Christian Science Monitor

‘We as native people [traditionally] have thanksgiving as a daily, ongoing thing,’ says Linda Coombs, associate director of the Wampanoag program at Plimoth Plantation. ‘Every time anybody went hunting or fishing or picked a plant, they would offer a prayer or acknowledgment.’ But for the 52 colonist-who had experienced a year of disease, hunger, and diminishing hopes-their bountiful harvest was cause for a special celebration to give thanks.’ The Christian Science Monitor

Seeking is a part of our lifestyle…and has been ratcheted up by the uncertainty that surrounds us. Two years of our Pandemic has all of us on a knifes edge. and we have been sitting under the Sword of Damocles for the entire time. The January 6 Innsurection at our Capitol was disconcerting and a semi-permanent placement in the land of Conspiracy Theory. Last evening I was watching a newscast that there are a significant group of people who traveled to Dallas, Texas to await the resurrection of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr….who they believe will run with Donald Trump in the next election. Some of us are seeking bizarre places and fantastical fantasies…

Stories are immensely enjoyable and refreshing and enlightening. We live for stories. We toil and labor and sweat to provide a wonderful story for our kids and our loved ones…

‘Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ Luke 24: 5-7. KJV

One response

  1. Strange that you should mention John Fitzgerald Kennedy, for yesterday evening they showed the movie, Jackie – I only watched the start, not my type of genre.

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