Assuming that humans are the smartest things on the planet it is ironic or surprising how stupid we can be. This stupidity isn’t necessarily concerning huge topics or monumental occurrences, but more on the level of everyday life. Sometimes I think that we are so focused on the bigger picture that we fail to take care of the small details. Maybe we are just too busy or too stressed and this causes us to falter or perhaps the good Lord chooses to use the tiny details to remind us that we are indeed inferior.
Take for example, my recent trip to a high school basketball game. As usual I was running late and since I was there to snap some pictures for the newspaper I was also nervous. My husband had called me on the way to the school and reported that the game had indeed already started. Somewhat flustered I got my camera ready and stepped into the gym. I immediately looked up at the score board to see how much I had missed. The game was about halfway through the second quarter, but somewhere in my frazzled brain panic set in. I looked over at my co-worker Gwen who had come along to help out and said, “Well, that’s just great, the game is just about over.” She kind of gave me a strange look, but didn’t say anything. Let me just state that I played basketball from sixth grade through graduation so I should have a pretty good grip on how the game is played and how many quarters make up one. I started snapping pictures like crazy because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough and it still had not sunk into my thick skull that they were just close to halftime not the end of the game. Realization hit me when the band started to play and I noticed that no one was getting up to leave…duh. I looked at Gwen and begged, “Please, do not tell anyone how stupid I just was.”
As I was watching the evening news a few nights ago a report they had on childhood obesity struck me. They had several experts on there talking about how much our children these days are overweight and inactive. In the same report they stated that with the declining economy dollar menus were what parents are choosing for their children instead of healthier choices. Well, in my opinion there is a simple fix for that…stop charging an arm and a leg for a bowl of lettuce and a bottle of water. You can’t tell me that a bottle with some water in it, which the good Lord provides every time it rains, and a bowl filled with mostly lettuce, a few strands of carrots, piece of tomato and some cheese costs more to provide than a cheeseburger, fries and a carbonated drink?
Eating out at a restaurant is usually a treat, but from experience I know that with hectic schedules it can sometimes serve as a method of a quick supper in between ballgames. I have four children to buy for and whenever I look at a menu and see that I can buy each one of those children a sandwich for what one salad costs then what choice do you think I would make? Furthermore, why don’t they just come up with a fast food restaurant that has anything your kitchen at home would have? Then I could roll up to the window and order four peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with grapes on the side…healthy and quick. Why is this such a hard concept to grasp? I think if they actually fixed these small details then they wouldn’t have the larger issues like overweight children to constantly talk about then they would be out of a job.
I’m not saying it is okay to feed your children fast food for every meal, but it would be nice if they made the healthier food affordable. As for the children being inactive, that is something that the parents have to focus on.
Another thing that makes me wonder about the inner dumb-dumb of certain elected officials is the whole gambling bid. Are we or are we not in the midst of economic chaos? Families are struggling everyday just to meet the basic necessities of life. Where does it make sense to bring in an industry that thrives off of the poor man’s hopes of hitting it big? Why is it okay for them to bring in another known outlet for addiction? It is ironic that at the end of most casino commercials they run a little line about if you have a gambling addiction you need to seek help. They want to say it will bring money into the state. Well, they also said that the lottery was going to help schools. Where was all of this help when teachers were losing their jobs and school programs such as art and music were being placed on the chopping block?
On a lighter note my inner dumb-dumb makes an appearance on a daily basis. Whether I am helping my boys with their homework or simply answering my home phone with, “Clay City Times.” My moments of stupidity show no prejudice.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy week and may God’s incredible love bless your socks off!