I am not dead yet. I sorta wish I was; I have aches and pains that I have never experienced before! Moving is at the bottom of my list of things that I would like to do with my life. From what I can recall, I’ve relocated sixteen times in my life. I don’t remember ever hurting quite like this during or after any of these moves nor do I remember having ever collected so much stuff. Yes, most would classify it as junk. It is causing me backaches and becoming a major headache. De-clattering and downsizing could be worth learning more about and putting into practice. We’ll see how that goes.
I crossed paths with a friend the other day that I hadn’t seen for a while. He was a grade below me growing up and because of our small-town circle we shared mutual experiences. It wasn’t a long meet, but what he brought up in conversation was good for my soul. Our National Anthem kicked off the main event and his vocal accompaniment touched me as I pondered growing up in Arbuckle and being a part of this great nation.
Not too far from where we were standing, a young lady also contributed her voice to the song. She couldn’t have been more than a tween and sent me back to a time when I could have traded places with her and thought how ancient a man of my looks must be. It struck me funny that she apologized so profusely at the end of the song. “You know the words and the meaning will become clearer and more cherished for you as you mature. Besides, you sing with the voices of angels!” My friend was uncomfortable about me calling him Sir. He’ll have to get use to it; he is of the type of man on whose back this country became so blessed. They will ever have my respect and honor. You certainly do too!
I stand with the majority of our Founding Father who believed that a central government was a bad idea. The bigger and stronger a central government the less freedom its citizens experience. Next thing we know, Manifest Destiny is borne and quickly realized. What a ride that’s become. We can possibly argue that it has oozed itself into all parts of the world. Today very few in Washington know what is good for me, my family, and my community. Things like the State of Jefferson are a step in the right direction if I want a say in political matters again. I am moving but it is only to the South end of town. I much prefer being local. Well there goes the neighborhood! ■
— Scott Arens is a lifelong resident of Arbuckle. To contact Scott email firstname.lastname@example.org