This is by no means an exhaustive list, but certain events of the past 24 hours have made me ponder what in the name of humanity is going on in our world. Here goes:
- In a conversation regarding Extension changes, I learned that (and I'm paraphrasing here) we're taking a cat, calling it a dog, and asking it to do the job of a cat, for awhile. Or at least until we find out that all along, people really needed a cat and that since the dog's been doing the cat's job, maybe eventually we'll decide to call it a cat again.
- In order to get a county road fixed, you have to show up at a county board meeting, hand out a map showing the three roads that are closed within a mile of your house. Then the board will demand answers of the road guy, who has said at differing times that the road will be closed a) for one year, b) through Thanksgiving, and finally, under pressure, c) only through the end of September. And then you learn that when he said he needed an extra $60,000 to fix the road, it turns out he already had that much in the budget.
- Speaking of the road, people continue to bypass the bright yellow DEAD END sign at the end of our dead end road, listening instead to a little computer in a box that insists the bridge over the creek bottom hasn't really been out for FORTY years. If it told them to drive of a cliff, would they listen?
- Three nights ago, I led the family charge to rescue the poor stray kitten at the end of our road. We already have a barn full of kittens. My kitten-loving babies named him Rice Krispie. I hope he knows how lucky he is, but he's a cat, so I doubt it.
- My children have been playing nicely. Together. For the past hour. Nothing but giggles and happiness. What does it all mean?