732. Forever thankful


Olwyn resolved to be nice as pie. He is from Canada, and today is Canadian Thanksgiving.

What he would do to celebrate would simply be thankful to everyone. “Thank you” he would say to every deed, even unkindly deeds. Thank you to the lady at the service station. Thank you at the checkout at the supermarket. Thank you! Thank you!

He would do his thank yous quietly of course. No fuss but humbly. What a lovely way to celebrate! Too often he was harsh and rude and embittered and grouchy. Today things would change. It was going to be a blessed day.

Thank you to the person who gentle maneuvered their supermarket trolley to make room for him in the aisle. Yes! They answered thank you as well. How glorious to be nice. He had almost forgotten the joy of kindness. Thank you! Thank you! O happy day! O day of thanksgiving!

Here comes another person wheeling their grocery trolley up the aisle now.

“Watch where you’re going, you dummy,” she said.

“You talking to me?” said Olwyn. “If you weren’t so fucking fat there’d be room for a couple of elephants in the aisle. Bitch!”

People are all the same. Everywhere. All over the world.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

46 thoughts on “732. Forever thankful

    1. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

      I don’t do resolutions anymore. My boss thought it’d be fun to go around the room and share our work-related New Years resolutions. When she got to me, I said, ” I resolve to obsolve you all from your resolutions!” She’s still trying to adjust to my sense of humour.

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      In the old days it was called a habit! A good habit was a virtue, a bad habit was a vice. Such things have been replaced by what is called political correctness. 🙂

      1. thecontentedcrafter

        Common decency has not been replaced by political correctness though Bruce – just the right to tell Olwyn he is a complete and utter arse and needs to take a good long look at himself has. That’s the work I used to do as a ‘life guide’. 🙂

        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Australians can be vastly misinterpreted… as the London Times said: they have raised crassness to the level of an art. If Olwyn was an Aussie his statement could be regarded as an amusing compliment. When I travelled overseas the best advice I was ever given was “Just because someone speaks English, doesn’t mean to say they think like you!”

        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          The one ice hockey game I’ve seen (involving high school teams in Boston) was the most violent bit of sport I’ve ever seen. It made rugby look like tiddly-winks. No wonder they call it a puck.

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      As I said to the lady supervisor in the supermarket – “I’m never coming back here again. The service here is disgusting.” Unfortunately it’s the only supermarket in my little town.


You don't have to be a fat cat to chat...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.