Notes from Jan

Alternate Commandments

October 29, 2022

Well, this was the week to catch-up on things left undone due to Covid and my need for frequent naps. So, I took my twelve year old Prius to renew its inspection sticker before November first. The car did great but the one doing the tests said, “I had to put on a rejection sticker.” Well, I tried not to take it personally but over the years my Momo-mobile and I grew attached. When I got up the nerve to ask why, he said, “You have bad plates.”

What? Bad plates? Whoever heard of such?! Well, apparently, over the years my license plates grew harder to read. So, now I have to go on-line or to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which most of us try to avoid, for new plates.

Oh well, I should be grateful I can still drive and handle some of life’s surprises. And speaking of surprises, I had another one yesterday. The one who usually cuts my hair was running late, so she said, “John, please shampoo Jan, while I finish up.”

Well, I’d never met John before. He’s new. John tipped my head back into the bowl, looked into my face and said, “I’m John, a nice guy. Or as Lil Wayne says, “I’m no killer but don’t push me.” Then we laughed. Mine, the nervous kind. John added, “Well, Lil Wayne’s philosophies about life are mine. He kinda is the ten commandments I live by.”

Then he added, “Your scalp’s kinda tight.”

To which I added,” Well, that’s to hold my brains in.” I thought about thanking him for the killer shampoo but wasn’t sure how he’d take it, given his philosophy. But he left me thinking about alternate TEN COMMANDMENTS we pick up along life’s way. And wondering what in my life resembles “bad plates” ? Where have I and some who claim to live by God’s Ten Commandments and Jesus Christ’s “Love God and your neighbor as yourself” become too hard or confusing to read?

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  • Reply Dale October 29, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Jan for using life to explain life. My guess is there are many who hold their own philosophies and sets of additional commandments and probably mostly for others. This reminds me of a quip by Mark Twain who when asked by a friend to go to the Holy Lands to see where the Ten Commandments were given, replied, “I prefer to stay home and obey them.” 🙂 It is hard enough to obey what I do understand so adding new commandments sounds like a poor approach. I hope your scalp and all of you are relaxed today. Blessings, Dale

    • Reply Jan Carlberg October 29, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks, my brother-friend Dale. You make me laugh or think. Sometimes both. My scalp’s still tingling and the rest of me is napping less. Are you at the Michigan/Michigan State game? I’m recording it to watch later. At last check it was 10 to 7 in favor of Michigan. Makes me miss you and Marty.

  • Reply Maggie Wallem Rowe October 30, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Jan, that has to be about the most unusual first conversation in a salon between a stylist and a client that I’ve ever heard of. Lil Wayne and his commandments? Tight scalp? I wonder if John engages in conversations like that with all his clients – ha! Might be worth booking with him again to find out. :). Seriously, I’m thankful that God never gave “The Ten” a makeover. Thankful for you, always!

    • Reply Jan Carlberg October 31, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      Well, he’s young. And it was a strange encounter but not without merit. I’m due for another cut in six weeks. Hopefully, John will give the shampoo and I’ll get to hear some of the other “commandments” he lives by. These are strange times with a lot seething under the surface in our country. Quite a few folks are saying or living like, “I’m…but don’t push me!” But Grace still listens, loves and never gives up. Lord, have mercy on me, John and the rest of us.

  • Reply Wendy November 2, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    So thankful you’re feeling better and have less of a need for naps! 🙂

    • Reply Jan Carlberg November 3, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Me, too. And a shampoo with a sermonette, of sorts.

  • Reply Wendy Lane November 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Hahaha – that was hysterical!

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