Off the Cuff

What day is this? The calendar says Thursday, but it doesn’t feel like a Thursday, more like a Monday but then, no, not a Monday. That would have meant I was rested from a weekend and eager to get the week started, right? Isn’t that how Mondays are supposed to feel? Maybe not. Anyway, the holidays have me discombobulated and I don’t have a clue what day this is.

I do know what that giant pile of dirty laundry on my bedroom floor means, and the stack of bills and mail. There are up sides to all this though. A cup of my favorite coffee this morning. (Ouch! I just looked at the thermometer. Someone forgot to turn up the heat outside!) I don’t have to shower immediately and can actually lounge around for a while in my new Christmas jammies. Home Sweet Home.

Because of all of the travel and merriment and gift swapping, I did not work on a topic ahead of time. You get what you get this morning. I like to think that is the real deal, unvarnished and raw and honest. That sounds good, however, the truth is I am the kind of writer who needs time to develop and edit and think, so like I said, you get what you get.

I could write a long diatribe on gift giving. I saw a whole of gift-giving in the last couple of days that kind of made me sick to my stomach. My daughter had a really good response to it though. Who are we to say ‘stop’ when it gives the people doing the giving so much joy. I hadn’t thought about it that way. Funny how life always has two perspectives. Kind of like the people lined up giving away their guns to authorities (the guns will be destroyed) in exchange for a $100 gift card vs. the people buying more guns and ammo in response to the politicians talking about gun control after the Newtown, Conn. disaster. All the politicians are doing is talking and they buy more guns. I wouldn’t have either reaction, but hey, that is me, walking down the middle of the road, trying to think up a solution and getting no where.

If you have an answer, and are willing to hear all sides, I would love to hear your thoughts on solutions to making our schools safe. What do we do?

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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