2019-01-10 / Opinions

Enjoy life’s tiny delights, there is plenty for all of us

By LORAN SMITH
columnist

With an office on the campus of the University of Georgia, I am happily in contact with many college kids who are very capable and talented. In today’s vernacular, they know their stuff.

For the most part, I don’t find them arrogant and selfish as you often hear. Perhaps they don’t make the greatest effort to appreciate the past, but isn’t that the case with all of us?

However there are some exceptions. I ran across a story about a certain college kid interacting with a senior citizen and said to the older man. “You grew up in a different world….to be honest, it was almost a primitive one.” There was arrogance in his tone of voice as he noted that the younger generation had a different slant on life because of the fact that his generation grew up with television, jet aircraft, nuclear technology, cell phones, and computers with remarkable high speed qualities. The older man, paused for a couple of minutes, the wait testing the young man’s patience. He then said, “No we didn’t have the things you have today, but we invented them for your generation to enjoy, then said, “What is your generation going to leave for the next generation?

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You may have taken note of the fact that Kroger is doing away with plastic bags. Other grocery chains are doing the same. It is interesting how we abuse the environment until we are forced to do what is right.

All 2,800 of Kroger’s stores will go to paper bags or reusable bags only. After several European nations eliminated the use of plastic bags, the number of bags found in the ocean dropped dramatically.

I’ll be interested in knowing what Samantha Joye, Marine biologist at the University has to say about this. A year ago, she told me that the way we were going it would not be too much longer before there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Samantha Joye says that the worst of the oil spill in the gulf is yet to come. A lot of people, including young kids, are going to die of cancer. Factor in corporate greed and you understand why.

In case you are interested, I think Victoria, Canada is one of the prettiest places on earth, but I will never return. This city has been dumping raw sewage into the ocean since it was founded. Victoria has no shame. Let’s appoint the President of Kroger mayor of Victoria.

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With the New Year coming on, most of us are thinking about getting off to an uplifting start for 2019. Think about where we are on the calendar. A year from now we will be heading into the 100th anniversary of yesteryear’s “Roarin’ Twenties.”

Somebody will enjoy a noteworthy break-through in science and medicine. Some team will win the Super Bowl and another will win the World Series. Somebody will invent something that will bring them praise and financial reward. Somebody will write a song that will lift our spirits and make the author rich.

Most of us, again, however, will miss out on the grand prizes...the Pulitzer, the Nobel, the Oscars, the Tonys, the Emmys. But, did you ever stop to think that we are all eligible for life’s small pleasures?

Like a pat on the back, a kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass, a full moon, or my favorite, the Harvest Moon. Wait, there’s more. An empty parking space, a crackling fire...a great meal.

Don’t fret about copping life’s grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There is plenty for all of us.

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