Slim Randles' Home Country
Why have a happy, successful life if there
ain’t no fun innit?
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[January 17, 2017]
"Tell you kids what,” he said, sitting down and
cutting off their escape route, “there’s more to lifetimin’ than
jest gettin’ married, makin’ a buncha money and bein’ a success.
The kids had made the mistake of leaving the ice cream
parlor by the side door instead of the front door, you see, and
before they had a chance to yell “Incoming!” why … there he was …
Windy Wilson. Some folks, you see, can’t live without food and
water. Windy can’t live without an audience.
“I knowed that there look on your faces when you heard me say that,
yes I did. And you was thinkin’ solemnly to yourselves ‘Why’s
Alphonse Wilson sayin’ stoopid stuff like that there?’ Well, why
have a happy, successful life if there ain’t no fun innit? Tell me
“Back a ways, afore you was born, there was a old timer named
Jenkins lived up in the hills outa here. Oh, you heard a him? Sure
you have. Know why? Cuz Jenkins was NOT married or rich or
successful. But he shore as sugar had fun. Made hisself a legendary,
histerical figurehead ‘round here, too.
“Yessir, Ol’ Jenkins used to come into town and catch up stray cats,
one at a time. Bought him some cat treats, you know. And then he
taken the cat doo jury and’d teach it to jump.
“Saw him do it more’n oncet, too. He’d sit that ol’ cat against his
shins, like this, and hold his hands in front of the cat, and that
there cat’d have to jump over his hands to get away. Then he’d give
‘em a cat treat. And each time he come to town, he’d make ‘em jump
higher afore they got their treat.
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“Afore you knowed what was straight up, we had
us a town plumb fulla jumpin’ cats. And they liked it, too. So the
morale of this here story is, instead of just doin’ what you’re
supposed to, think about doin’ somethin’ fun, too. Kinda puts the
cherry on the whole brou-ha-ha, don’t ya see.”
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