To clarify, I, Kent am your current dictator of prose...
I shall commence with a brief description of my immediate and current surroundings & happenings:
My wife, Lori, is on a cleaning rampage. She completed two hours of reading assignments for her graduate studies, and is now hyper-vigilant about restoring the old-house to sanity. Many of you readers in cyberspace have likely experienced such encounters in your own home. It can be awe inspiring as well as frightening.
If humankind could harness the energy and curiosity of two-year olds, or the attitude and lethargy of tv-watching- video-game-playing teenagers, or the vigor and reckless abandon of a spouse on a cleaning spree....WE would not have to worry about an ENERGY crisis.
I tried to be helpful, but was kindly informed otherwise. My fear is that something of mine will be lost forever, if I don't act assertively.
On other notes: The weather is favorable. For what, you might ask. Good question. It is in 50's and yesterday morning it was near 60 F. I spent some time cutting up firewood with my hand-me-down chain-saw. I inherited the Sears Craftsman saw from my father when my folks "down-sized" to Condo living.
Observation: Parents are often wiser than we kids want to give them credit for. I hate to admit it...but ego-centric thought is so self-serving, but often blind. For example, I imagine that as recent as a few years ago, if my father would have asked me if I wanted a chain-saw, I would have likely replied with a quizzical, defiant, and "what would I do with that thing" response. Now I find myself looking at expensive, fancy chain-saws at the hardware store. I even received a tutorial from my neighbor, who enlightened me as to the proper methods of sharpening my chain, by hand. Follow the proper safety measures, and cutting up wood can be a somewhat pleasant meditative exercise.
The chain-saw is helpful, because our new house will be supplemented with heat derived from a wood stove. Collection of wood began this summer, and the recent ice storm has led to a few more favorable leads. BTU's.
Another example of parental wisdom which I should share with you, entails my haughty youthful arrogance. I recall my parents efforts to ensure some civility in me when they graciously offered to aide me in the purchase of a couple of formal dress suits. At the time, I was enrolled at the University, studying art and photography. I was of the mind set that my time and efforts were in the studio, getting dirty...not in the realm of suit-and-tie.
A-HA, you might say, knowing my current predicament in life and the world of playing grown-up. Yes, yes - I should have taken my parents up on their offer. A good suit comes in handy for many occasions. It can be wise to error on the side of caution, and find one-self over dressed in a social situation. But, it can be more awkward to find one-self under dressed...
The lesson: Listen to your parents. They might be wiser than you think.