Thursday, March 08, 2007

From Drugs to Menopause

According to the U.S Department of Justice (Statistics), more than 1.5 million people have been arrested in the past year for DRUGS. It’s a startling statistic! It seems as thought drugs have always been a problem. I must confess I had a “drug problem” growing up and it still affects me today. I guess I'm just a "drugged out" babyboomer. But is that what's really making me crazy these days?

I was drug to church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.

I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults or disobeyed my parents, brought home a bad report card, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me..

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I let a four-letter word slip out of my mouth---and yes, H-E-L-L was a bad word (even if it’s in the Bible).

I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds.

I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who was in need of some company or needed something that a child could do like rake the yard, clean the kitchen, feed the dog. After all, my mama used to say “That’s what good neighbors do for each other!”

Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

But I do have a question. Is it the "drugs" or the "menopause" that explains my crazy behavior today? Oh, how interesting my life continues to get!

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