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The Stranger
« on: May 19, 2009, 02:55:42 PM »

The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my

dad met a stranger who was new to

our small Texas town. From the

beginning, dad was fascinated with

this enchanting newcomer and soon

invited him to live with our family.

The stranger was quickly accepted

and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned

his place in my family. In my young

mind, he had a special niche. My

parents were complementary

instructors: Mom taught me good

from evil, and Dad taught me to

obey, but the stranger...he was our

storyteller. He would keep us

spellbound for hours on end with

adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything

about politics, history or science, he

always knew the answers about the

past, understood the present and

even seemed able to predict the

future! He took my family to our

first major league ball game. He

made me laugh, and he made me

cry. The stranger never stopped

talking, but dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up

quietly while the rest of us were

shushing each other to listen to what

he had to say, and she would go to

the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I

wonder now if she ever prayed for

the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with

certain moral convictions, but the

stranger never felt obligated to

honor them. Profanity, for example,

was not allowed in our home...not

from us, our friends, or any visitors.

Our longtime visitor, however, got

away with four-letter words that

burned my ears, made my dad

squirm, and my mother blush. My

dad didn't permit the liberal use of

alcohol, but the stranger encouraged

us to try it on a regular basis. He

made cigarettes look cool, cigars

manly, and pipes distinguished. He

talked freely (much too freely!)

about sex. His comments were

sometimes blatant, sometimes

suggestive, and generally


I now know that my early

concepts about relationships were

influenced strongly by the stranger.

Time after time, he opposed the

values of my parents, yet he was

seldom rebuked... and NEVER

asked to leave.

More than fifty years have

passed since the stranger moved in

with our family. He has blended

right in and is not nearly as

fascinating as he was at first. Still, if

you could walk into my parents' den

today, you would still find him

sitting over in his corner, waiting

for someone to listen to him talk

and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? We just call him

'TV.' He now has a wife now...we

call her 'Computer.'



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Re: The Stranger
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 03:15:31 PM »

Oh boy I agree with this rid of my cable 5 or 6 months thing I ever did! ::)


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Re: The Stranger
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009, 11:25:03 PM »

Glurge .... Tomorrow I am going to order the full cable package!
"Christianity began as a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When it went to Athens, it became a philosophy. When it went to Rome, it became an organization. When it went to Europe, it became a culture. When it came to America, it became a business."
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