A Candidate With Integrity

So many Presidential hopefuls tossed their hats in the ring a few months ago, but, one by one, they have been pushed aside with only a few left standing. The field has been narrowed and soon we will know the identity of the candidate each party will nominate.

I believe it's important for individuals to exercise the right to vote. The chances are looking slim, however, for there to be a candidate worthy of a vote. I prefer to cast my vote for a person of integrity who inspires my trust and confidence. I hope such a person's name will be on the ballot.

In following the various campaigns, I have been reminded of my granddaughter's first school. When she started kindergarten in Arlington, Texas, she went to a school called Children's University. I loved the school for many reasons, one of them being the live animals on-site. The animals had appropriate living and roaming quarters, and the youngsters enjoyed seeing and learning about them. Every year, the students chose from among the animals and voted for a new President for the school. That process, of course, was a learning experience in itself.

In thinking back on the animals at the school, I believe the donkey, the goat, the pony, and the llama were some of the most well-liked. If it's not too late, perhaps we could get one of them nominated to run in our Presidential election. After all, these animals have years of political experience. I've seen some of the current candidates exhibit much worse behavior than these gentle animals have shown. This might improve our pool of candidates for the Presidential election looming ahead. I, for one, have a lot of confidence in the llama.

We could do worse.


The Princess Rx

During the course of seven weeks of radiation treatments, the oncologist suggested to me that my family should be treating me like a princess while I'm enduring the daily ordeal. He said someone should be bringing my tea to me. My initial reaction was that he meant I was to be pampered. After I left his office I mulled over his suggestion, and I'm not so sure that pampering is the norm for princesses.

My knowledge of princesses comes mostly from fairy tales and movies, but from what I've heard, princesses aren't treated all that well. 
  • Often they are locked up in solitary confinement or imprisoned in a tower. The princess must wait, and wait, and wait for the right prince to come along and save her. Her freedom will come at a price, though. She'll have to marry the guy who broke her out.
  • Princesses do a lot of kissing, but many times they find themselves kissing frogs or beasts. In at least one instance, the princess had to lie dead in the forest until a prince came along and kissed her awake. I have to admit, this might help me wake up in the mornings.
  • The usual transportation for a real princess is horse and carriage. That might sound romantic, but who's got time for that? I'd never get half my errands run if I had to make stops to water the horses. There's not enough time in the day as it is.
  • Princesses are expected to attend formal balls and dance the night away. Some girls might be into that, but I'm too much of an introvert to enjoy the social scene on a regular basis, not to mention my two left feet.
  • A princess is often bossed around by a wicked step-mother or perhaps put under a vile spell by an evil queen. That does not sound like pampering to me.
Considering all the hardships princesses face, I hope my family will disregard the doctor's advice about giving me the princess treatment. I'll pass on the Rx and get my own tea, thank you.