One of my favorite 12 Step slogans is: Restraint of pen and tongue. In other words, shut-up and whatever you do, don’t send that email you know you shouldn’t send.
I’ve said it before but people say things to me I’d never say to anyone else.
I was sitting in the park eating a bagel sharing it with a couple of birds.
Along comes this woman who stops and says, “I hope you do realize you’re attracting rats?” (attracting rats! Is it my hair?)
“Am I?” I said without taking that much suggested pause. “I think you must be right since now you’re here.”
Where is that slogan…where did I put it…must be in my other bag.
She seemed so startled at my quick remark that she practically ran away.
Uh-oh…well, she started it but it wasn’t very 12 Steppy of me, now was it?
When I was little I’d watch my mother and grandfather always feed the birds. The collective reasoning was, ‘they have to eat too,’ which has stayed with me for well over 50 years.
The other thing, if you’ve ever fed them, it’s gone way before you can say,”I hope you do realize you’re attracting rats.”
I’ve even heard my friend Jed, who loves all creatures say it, but I can’t help disagreeing.
It’s not as if I’m dropping bags of bread as I walk like Gretel and even she was conservative sprinkling those few ‘come hither’ crumbs. (I know Hansel was there too, I don’t care about him right now.)
I was taught that if you’re eating you share. Just the other day I split my rustic tuna, hummus and white bean sandwich with a homeless man who happened to be sitting on the same bench as me. Of course it was too bad he didn’t like it and spit it out, but the point was that I gave him half. It seemed to annoy him though that I didn’t have any chips.
“Next time,” I told him.
To may a long story, or post in this case, a little longer…
I like feeding others four-legged or otherwise and if some woman feels that I’ve taken, Give us our daily bread to the extreme then rats to that…
as they say.