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JOHN EGGERS COLUMN: Having a bad day? Remember the bridge over troubled waters

Did you ever have a bad day? I mean did you ever have a really, really bad day? Maybe you dropped not only your car keys but also your cell phone into the toilet. Maybe you purchased a brand new set of tires and fifty miles down the road one of t...

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Did you ever have a bad day? I mean did you ever have a really, really bad day? Maybe you dropped not only your car keys but also your cell phone into the toilet. Maybe you purchased a brand new set of tires and fifty miles down the road one of the tires went flat and you pulled over to get out to check on a narrow highway and a speeding car passed you too closely and took off your car door. The police then cited you for endangerment. At the time you were on your way to an important meeting where people were expecting you to give a presentation on "The Art of Good Decision Making."
There is a popular children's book titled: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," by Judith Viorst. The story is about Alexander who wakes up to find out that the gum he was chewing before he went to bed ends up in his hair. He also found no prizes in his breakfast cereal. Children and adults have terrible, rotten, very bad days. Maybe after the recent election you experienced one such day. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," recorded by Simon and Garfunkle many years ago, speaks to all of us who experience troubled times. A friend who was weary and feeling small inspired Paul Simon: "When you're weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all, I'm on your side" We do need someone on our side during the bad times. We can't go it alone. My wife went to visit Jayne at Neilson Place who had multiple sclerosis. Jayne could only move one finger but smiled when Kathy walked into the room and she was happy that Kathy was at her side. Jayne passed away a few days ago. Who's on your side? "When times get rough, And friends just can't be found Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down" It must have been terrible for Secretary Clinton to lose the election. None of us can imagine her disappointment after waiting four years to run for president the second time and then working so hard and winning the popular vote but losing the electoral vote to a man who many consider to be an uninformed, sexist, revengeful, racist, rude bully. Let's hope that President-Elect Trump does not take his revengeful, unapologetic nature into the White House but rather do what he said he would do in his acceptance speech and help bring people together. Like Alexander, Hillary had a terrible, no good, very bad day. Yes, it was rotten, too. But she couldn't have gone this far without having friends to wipe her tears away. "When you're down and out, When you're on the street When evening falls so hard, I will comfort you I'll take your part" Hospice workers are among the unsung heroes of America. When you are down and out and ready to pass on from this life, there isn't much that anyone can say or do to lighten up the darkness. Hospice workers seem to find a way. They comfort their patients, just like they comforted Jayne. They know how because they try to assume their patients part. Comforting someone in troubled times is something all of us have faced or will face. We are at troubled times in America with half of the people looking down one road and the other half looking down another road. It's time to comfort each other so we can blend the two roads into one. "Sail on, silvergirl, Sail on by Your time has come to shine, All your dreams are on their way See how they shine, If you need a friend I'm sailing right behind" I went deer hunting on opening weekend. I was happy that I didn't shoot a deer. My hunting days are almost over. I would rather spend my future keeping some of my dreams alive and not having anything to do with causing death to God's beautiful creatures who may also have dreams. I stopped in to visit my 99-year old father. I made him a lunch and afterward I asked him if he wanted an ice cream sundae. He said, "Sure." I watched him eat his sundae as if it were the best thing that he could do at that moment in time. Sometimes the best thing we can do during troubled times is eat an ice cream sundae. It can ease our mind like a bridge over troubled water. Having a bad day? Make yourself an ice cream sundae. Riddle of the Day: Where do reindeer go for ice cream? They go to the Deery Queen. Ice cream can be our bridge over troubled waters.Did you ever have a bad day? I mean did you ever have a really, really bad day? Maybe you dropped not only your car keys but also your cell phone into the toilet. Maybe you purchased a brand new set of tires and fifty miles down the road one of the tires went flat and you pulled over to get out to check on a narrow highway and a speeding car passed you too closely and took off your car door. The police then cited you for endangerment. At the time you were on your way to an important meeting where people were expecting you to give a presentation on "The Art of Good Decision Making."
There is a popular children's book titled: "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," by Judith Viorst. The story is about Alexander who wakes up to find out that the gum he was chewing before he went to bed ends up in his hair. He also found no prizes in his breakfast cereal.Children and adults have terrible, rotten, very bad days. Maybe after the recent election you experienced one such day. "Bridge Over Troubled Water," recorded by Simon and Garfunkle many years ago, speaks to all of us who experience troubled times. A friend who was weary and feeling small inspired Paul Simon:"When you're weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyesI will dry them all, I'm on your side"We do need someone on our side during the bad times. We can't go it alone. My wife went to visit Jayne at Neilson Place who had multiple sclerosis. Jayne could only move one finger but smiled when Kathy walked into the room and she was happy that Kathy was at her side. Jayne passed away a few days ago. Who's on your side?"When times get rough, And friends just can't be foundLike a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down"It must have been terrible for Secretary Clinton to lose the election. None of us can imagine her disappointment after waiting four years to run for president the second time and then working so hard and winning the popular vote but losing the electoral vote to a man who many consider to be an uninformed, sexist, revengeful, racist, rude bully. Let's hope that President-Elect Trump does not take his revengeful, unapologetic nature into the White House but rather do what he said he would do in his acceptance speech and help bring people together.Like Alexander, Hillary had a terrible, no good, very bad day. Yes, it was rotten, too. But she couldn't have gone this far without having friends to wipe her tears away."When you're down and out, When you're on the streetWhen evening falls so hard, I will comfort youI'll take your part"Hospice workers are among the unsung heroes of America. When you are down and out and ready to pass on from this life, there isn't much that anyone can say or do to lighten up the darkness. Hospice workers seem to find a way. They comfort their patients, just like they comforted Jayne. They know how because they try to assume their patients part.Comforting someone in troubled times is something all of us have faced or will face. We are at troubled times in America with half of the people looking down one road and the other half looking down another road. It's time to comfort each other so we can blend the two roads into one."Sail on, silvergirl, Sail on byYour time has come to shine, All your dreams are on their waySee how they shine, If you need a friendI'm sailing right behind"I went deer hunting on opening weekend. I was happy that I didn't shoot a deer. My hunting days are almost over. I would rather spend my future keeping some of my dreams alive and not having anything to do with causing death to God's beautiful creatures who may also have dreams.I stopped in to visit my 99-year old father. I made him a lunch and afterward I asked him if he wanted an ice cream sundae. He said, "Sure." I watched him eat his sundae as if it were the best thing that he could do at that moment in time. Sometimes the best thing we can do during troubled times is eat an ice cream sundae. It can ease our mind like a bridge over troubled water.Having a bad day? Make yourself an ice cream sundae.Riddle of the Day: Where do reindeer go for ice cream? They go to the Deery Queen. Ice cream can be our bridge over troubled waters.

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