Submitted to the Anoka City Forum:
It's getting hard to explain the world to the kids. Whenever I hear, "Grampa Sam. . .?" I start praying for wisdom from the good Lord.
Our youngest mayor, Bjorn Skogquist, role model, etc. is fired for lying. "Grampa Sam, I thought you said everyone's got this permanent record with God and man. . ." "How can he even get another job, now?"
Even with equal rights and more women than men in university, etc. I've noticed the boys still have more of a sense of providing for their families someday.
"Isn't God kind of against lying?" "Yes, Jimmy, lying definitely hurts your chances with God."
Then there was the mayor's middle finger towards Mindy's Grandma, we almost had to stop having cable on when the kids were visiting. . .until someone spoke up.
Our own Elyse Kaner wrote about a similar occasion calling it: "Cursing you with a single gesture in a most impolite way." Another understated (MN Nice) assessment of the mayor's impolite digit was, "it's just not very good community building."
Jimmy's at an age where he knows a lot about little boys caught doin' wrong.
So I listened carefully when he said, "Grampa Sam, I know how to tell that he was guilty."
"Howz that, Jimmy?"
"When he was caught. . .he quit doing it."