I’ve spent much of my ‘career’ fulfilling those service sector positions while trying to make ends meet as a future consumer producer (Mother) as well as serving as the housekeeper and political manager (fighting off teachers’ opinions in the name of love for my child) while biting off more than I could chew as a student trying to position myself for greater future success in this great American rat race. (Yes, I do try to set a good example) Although I certainly have a tendency to become fond and perhaps infatuated by many admirable male personalities, the truth is, I became lost in them if I stayed too long. Whilst in the Army, they conveniently gave it a label, stamped the paperwork, and filed it away (Honorably, I might add). However, it doesn’t necessarily go away. Years later, I am still influenced.
It may be true that the United States faces ‘catastrophe’, but then we risk certain ailments, mishaps, and accidents out of necessity of survival. For instance, if you enjoy hot food, you might get burned cooking it. The same is true with the desire for curly hair. Either your misuse of the curling iron will zap you or the chemicals in the perm will eat your scalp. In any event, I do not believe unity has been shattered or service sectors obliterated…at least not completely. It is true we all suffer. It doesn’t necessarily have a color though. For that matter, even a gender. We can all stand together, if not physically certainly in spirit, for the American anthem too.
My eyesight might not be a perfect 20/20, however, I see how a plague could suddenly open the eyes of many sleeping giants. The rhyme, ‘You snooze, you lose’ comes to mind. It was once a great idea to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ and, perhaps, it remains a great idea. But let me pose a different question. If the ‘house always wins’ which house would everyone like to see win? Naturally, their own, I’m sure. Still, many houses exist and its quite sad to see some fall. This doesn’t necessarily come as a comparison with one’s neighbor. However, we quite naturally look to our sides rather than sticking our blinders on as a dutiful horse. Because we are not robots or computers, we are flawed in our capacity to dutifully follow the carrot as willingly. This causes distress, to say the least, for both employer as well as employee. Within our own realms, there are as many houses to tend to as there are personal needs we want to fulfill. These shift as our lives change. If one would prefer to categorize the houses into labeled categories, they could be separated by naming them love, finance, transportation, professional, food, animals, or what have you. In an ideal world, all houses ‘win’ but in our world, gifts and blessings come much more slowly than nifty, flashing commercials would indicate otherwise.
As for Trump’s party or the Carrey camp, I choose the Carrey camp. His seeming fearless stance in the face/farce of a 1950’s throwback is quite admirable with or without humor. We’re all going to need a leg to stand on even if it comes in the form of Charlie Chaplin’s cane. As far as the ‘snowflakes’ are concerned, let them have a ball too and not a bawl.
Markets will rise and corporations will prosper in this economy of ‘larceny and lies’ as Jim Carrey puts it, no matter who is leading the country because Americans are dependent on goods and services. We are social creatures who thrive on transactions. That song, ‘If you’ve got the Money, Honey, I’ve got the time’ still chimes true as does the saying, ‘It takes money to make money’ As well, time actually does equate to money. I think I’ve spent mine wisely through this commentary. Thank You.
Bonita Christensen, Writer & Poet