Friday Surprise

The other day a friend forwarded to me these very short stories that were sent to him by his cousin in Lithuania. While not exactly the sort that Lydia Davis writes, they are, nevertheless, fun to read. If I had to choose a favorite, I'd say number 6

1 Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.
That's FAITH.

2 When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.
That's TRUST

3 Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up.
That's HOPE.

4 We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

5 We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.
That's LOVE.

6 On an old man's shirt was written a sentence 'I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.'


Linda said...

I love every one of them! And taken together, they are a philosophy of optimism.

Thank you for sharing.

Richard Katzev said...

Thank you, Linda. In the short term, I'm far from optimistic now. Maybe I will after the 2018 Congressional election.

Linda said...

Me too, Richard, me too. I am trying to keep my expectations low for the 2018 elections.

Richard Katzev said...

I dream of an impeachment, irrefutable evidence that leaves no doubt about an obstruction of justice or worse. As Jeffrey Toobin wrote (I paraphrase), it is clear that Trump is temperamentally and intellectually unfit to the President