Last week we were out with a dear friend of ours, Sam, having dinner at a new Italian restaurant. The food wasn’t that great, but the company was. Now, Sam has a habit of challenging us to think out of the box on issues. Sometimes his confrontations are actually refreshing, because it causes our thought process to delve into unfamiliar, but, almost always, stimulating territory. Other times, it is just plain annoying to be pushed into thinking about things in a vastly different way than usual.
As dinner conversations go, that night, it was the latter. I was simply not in the mood for a challenge. I just wanted to relax and have fun experiencing some new tastes in Italian cuisine. But, sure enough, out came Sam’s Iphone presenting a new test for us.
As I was about to savor the delicious smelling vegetable barley soup set before me, Sam jammed his phone in front of my face, and goaded me into looking at the video clip he was playing. Knowing Sam would be persistent until I gave him my full attention, I reluctantly put down my spoon, all the while the soup’s enticing aroma taunted my taste buds.
I recognized the clip right away. The scenes were familiar, bringing back comforting memories from my early childhood. I was watching an old clip of the “Howdy Doody” show, including all its colorful characters. I couldn’t help but smile as I recognized Buffalo Bob, Clarabell, Princess Summerfall Winterspring, and others.
All in good fun, I smiled at Sam with a “thanks for the memories” grin, and was ready to dig back into my soup. No such luck. Sam continued to hold his phone at my eye level; I could see that he wanted to make a point. I knew it would be some time before I would enjoy my soup.
What was this all about? Sam was eager to share with us his thoughts about life. (I just wanted to eat my soup while it was still warm.) I gave Sam a patronizing smile hoping he would make his point quickly. He chattered on about how most things in life are like the “Howdy Doody” television show, following the same pattern of segments in constant repetition.
In other words, each time we tuned into “Howdy Doody,” the story lines were always similar, while the characters, segments and themes were mostly the same. Not much variety was evident show to show. Sam explained that for many people life mimics this. I immediately thought of that saying, “same old, same old.” Hmm, I had to admit this idea intrigued me. I know for me, I’ve been following the same patterns most of my life. Lately I have been feeling it’s time for change. OK, Sam finally had me hooked.
I’ll continue next week with a disquieting revelation about my life and just how I dealt with it! Please join me for the revealing conclusion of “It’s Howdy Doody Time.”
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