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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