Excuse me. I don’t mean to be rude, and I really hate to be the one to tell you this. I just think you would like to know… your issues are showing. It’s kind of the nature of the word “issue,” isn’t it? “The action of flowing or coming out.” We all have them. Issues. Ways we think and act because life has taught us a few lessons the hard way. The thoughts that run through our minds 24 hours a day. Our fears and insecurities. The problem with issues is you don’t get to choose where they spill out; they’re just everywhere.
I haven’t seen Zootopia, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t written to be a horror movie. You would never be able to convince William of this. He’s almost nine years old and went to see the movie in the theater with Samuel. For a couple of weeks, I heard all about these animals jumping out of a car and how he could still see them in his mind. I was really starting to be concerned.
It’s June 2011. The tornado outbreak was just a couple of months ago. The pecan tree almost took out your mom’s house… but it didn’t. Others weren’t so lucky. It’s going to take some time to recover and clean up, but I promise you won’t ever forget that time. Even though you are nervous when a severe storm comes through, Alabama’s weather man, James Spann, says that an outbreak of that nature is generational. There hasn’t been anything like it since. It’s ok to grab the weather radio and head for the basement though- just for safety’s sake. However, I think you should know that it is about to look like a tornado is taking it’s course through the center of your life.
There’s this life we imagine for ourselves. We all know it’s out there. This wonderful, magical place in life where money is never a concern. The house is always clean. Your closet is filled with clothes that fit your sleek body, and your children love each other and speak kindly. Organization is your middle name. There’s a beautiful, shiny vehicle in the driveway and a gourmet dinner on the table at 5:00pm. For me personally, I’d be satisfied with a thick head of hair and live-in laundry ninja, but to each her own. We want a lot out of life, and actually, that’s not a terrible thing. It’s not bad to have a drive for excellence – a striving to achieve more and be better. It’s what those desires can do inside us that keep us from living the life of our dreams.
But ne’er again, friends. This is your one-step guide to living the life of your dreams.
There are two kinds of older women you interact with: soft, gracious, and gentle, or harsh, angry, and ornery, which is pronounced “arnry” in Alabama. You have to crinkle your nose when you say it like that, so this is one time that I certainly prefer my southern drawl. It seems to define the behavior I’m talking about. Try it. Crinkle your nose and say it. You’ll recall an “arnry”person you know, and this post will make a lot more sense to you.