Friday, December 31, 2010

World I never made

A friend of mine and I were talking. We don’t even recognize this world anymore. We feel like scared outsiders only we don’t have another planet to go to.

My friends used to have jobs. I used to be able to put my mind to it and get $3,000 a month in just using my wits, ideas, and experience. My mother’s money used to gain interest and grow.

It used to be a good thing to own a house. Now it’s your pet albatross—and it can eat!

We used to think those we elected were capable of keeping an eye on the world economy, national economy, trends, capabilities and all the nuances and pretty much could make course corrections when these things went out of balance.

Now we know they are all wet.

If someone gave us credit—loaned us money—we figured they knew odds were we were going to be able to pay it back. We said OK, you’re the one taking the chance, thanks.

Everyone didn’t hate us—perfect strangers did not want to blow us up or if they did, they didn’t get in our faces with it everyday.

We used to laugh more, cry less. We could sleep at night. We felt some pride, some sense of accomplishment, love of country.

Not anger and fear.

Oh, well, thanks for listening. A new year is starting. If you can stand it, I can. I am not making any resolutions, though.


Star Lawrence said...

I am such a grump! You will like these Irish toasts better.

Best of the Irish toasts for this special time of year
By DARA MCBRIDE, Staff Writer


'Tis the time of year when toasts and salutations are spread across the world. Here is the best of the Irish toasts for this special time of year.

1. May your giving hand never fail you.

2. May we all be alive at this same time next year.

3. May the Lord keep you in the palm of His hand, and never close his fist too tight!

4. May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!

5. May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

6. Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer-and another one!

7. May your troubles be less, And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.

8. May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

9. Merry met, and merry part, I drink to thee with all my heart.

10. Dung hills rise and castles fall, we are all equal one and all.

srdem65 said...

So sad, so true.