"It's me, Geo., long time no see."
"Hmmm, 4 years by my count. You haven't changed a bit!"
"Well you have. What's that you're leaning on?"
"It's my cane, E(a)rnest. Keeps me from stumbling on uneven ground."
"Makes you look Old."
"In paved public, I hide it."
"I jam it down inside my pants-leg and look loads younger."
"Geo., I won't argue with you. I've spent the past 4 (and more) years studying human politics, as you know, and learned about partisan bellicosity, bowdlerization of humanistic constitutions "justified(?)" by shameless sophistry."
"Dear E(a)rnest, we haven't corresponded enough.Your learning is beyond mine. I can only claim age-related bouts of excrementitious mentality, and ask your patience."
"I love you too."
I have missed E(a)rnest. Why he would choose to study human politics is a puzzle. The subject is driving humans crazyReplyDelete
I too have missed E(a)rnest Squirrel and was delighted by his return to the our almond trees. He felt compelled to scold our new kittens into following their instincts, having fun and trusting Norma. He only tolerates me --sometimes politely-- always eloquently.Delete
Excrementitious is an excellent word.ReplyDelete
It is, isn't it? I only use these highfalutin words to tax E(a)rnest and inspire him to learn more. But I think he got that one,"excrementitious mentality", which means shithead and looked at me funny, to which he said "Chuff chuff" and I responded in kind.Delete
bring him around to ydg she'd like to meet him.ReplyDelete
Dear Jackiesue, at my first oportunity.Delete
Glad that E(a)rnest is back. He's a beloved character in this corner of the blogosphere.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tom, E(a)rnest is making good newsgathering use of his ability to climb and scamper. I am older now and those abilities are beyond me. He helps because I gave him foremanship of my property. Our only ideological difference is his (food) and my definition (international conflict) of NUTS.Delete
Thank you for visiting my blog. God bless.ReplyDelete
Dear Victor, you're welcome. Keep writing.Delete
A cane is a useful place to hide a sword, and good for dragging down tall brambles to pick off fruit. I think E(a)rnest is going to want one but may use it to harvest nuts aggressively. I hope squirrel politics are calmer than ours.ReplyDelete
Dear Lisa, I have offered the loan of my cane to E(a)rnest but he declined, citing its being 10x taller than he --and asked if I would consent to improve my balance and harvesting skills with a telephone pole. Indeed, squirrel politics are calmer (and kinder) than ours.Delete
I suppose he decided to study human politics in order to find where we keep the nuts!ReplyDelete
True Jeff, lately E(a)rnest asked me if our Houses of Congress and DOJ might secretly moonlight as nut repositories. I replied," That's no secret."Delete
Dear Geo., I love to see E(a)nest back!ReplyDelete
My best friend Anne has to use canes now when walking a longer route - she uses Nordic walking sticks and moaned a bit about canes being not elegant. As we are very good friends I could risk a NOT heartless-meant remark (she knows that I so much feel with her): "Stumbling down in public isn't more elegant" - she laughed, and that is said to be a good medicine...
Dear Britta, I quite understand Anne's reserve regarding the inelegance of Nordic walking sticks, and enjoy your kind remark that made her laugh. My own cane is walnut with rubber tip on one end & little shepherd's crook on the other. It is pretty. Even I need to feel pretty sometimes. Love and best wishes to you,Delete
As a earnest keeper of nuts myself, I mus agree with all of it. And then some. xReplyDelete
Dear Austan, as an "earnest keeper of nuts" I trust you'll retain possession of me. I've lost quite a few loved ones in these hard times, but have been reading Twain, Thurber, Barry and Benchley to get some joy into me. Your reappearance on Blogger is likewise welcome. --much love, Geo.Delete
I ask of you and E(a)rnest this younger human's patience, as I find a dictionary. Your vocabulary intimidates, but that cane in your pants? I find it quite alluring.ReplyDelete
Thanks for always bringing fun loving amusement, Geo.
Love to you.
Thanks Robyn. Love to you too --(chuff chuff!).Delete
Hello, Geo.; I hope all is well with you, Norma, E(a)rnest, and the felines. I'm not sure how I missed commenting on this post earlier.ReplyDelete
A cane is a pain but a fall is much worse (as Britta has already said). There are certainly advantages to using a cane, though. For instance, if someone is bothering you with unfunny jokes they think are hilarious, you can use it to swoosh them off the stage, just like in the cartoons. That's a power I wouldn't mind having :)
O_Jenny, Thank you for your lively and enjoyable comment. It's been a while since I consulted my blogs; I've been unwell . However, lately I have got more of my brains and lungs working pretty good. I only use the cane at night now --but will keep it in case I need to swoosh somebody. Will resume blogging soon as I recall how to spell stuff. ---Love, Geo.Delete
I'm so glad to see your reply (except for the part where you've been unwell, of course). I hope you continue to mend; you are missed. Take care of yourself.Delete
Thanks again dear Jenny. Spent whole evening relearning how to do screenshots on this machine. I figure, if ancient Romans could weave drapes, I could maintain at least a thread of thought.Delete
Hope you're feeling better, have been worried about you. Let me know if I can help in any way. MikeReplyDelete
Most kind Mike. I get medical care and am mending ok. No worries. Thanks Mike, Geo.Delete
I had been wondering about your lack of posts recently. I am very sorry you are unwell at the moment, and hope that you ARE recovering and being able to be robust again!
Thanks Prof., Working on it!Delete