MY NEW GARDENER HAS AN ATTITUDE- And Johnny Depp Is Old
What the hell is this about?! HUH?!!!!!!!!
Yea.....THAT IS RIGHT!!! SAY IT AND TELL ME HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!!! Especially everyone from the "Johnny Depp" camp. Come on.....I DARE YOU!! But if you waited a second or two you would see where this article is going and I assure you it has NOTHING to do with JOHNNY DEPP!
You see this article is about mid-life and how everything suddenly matters now. The clock is ticking and we are not getting any younger. We don't have another 20 years to just "screw around" and "kick it. The reason why Johnny Depp is mentioned here is because since I know him and worked on a popular TV show many years ago in my early 20's. This was a long time ago and I was only 24 years old and in my "prime" in every way. At the time when Johnny was also in his 20's and a bit older then I was, we used to look at other actors on the screen or when they had guest spots on the set and think to ourselves....."Man, they got old!!!" Infact all of the other actors on the set or pursuing the same type of career also thought the same thing! But you see.....these "actors or actresses" that looked OLD to us were in their 50's!
SO, whenever I see a new movie come out with Johnny starring in it or an interview or magazine photo shoot, it just reminds me that we are both OLDER and time has "ticked right by!" THIS IS MY POINT!!!! WHERE THE HELL DID THE TIME GO?!!!!!!!!
OK...ABOUT MY NEW GARDENER.....
So then I get a new gardner at my house who is a nice Mexican man who is in his mid 50's and has a four year old little boy with blond hair who is part Mexican and part Caucasian. An adorable little boy and a very nice man (it seemed like it when we made our introduction). What is my point?! Well this is my point. SO, I watch him and another guy mowing the back lawn and setting up the sprinkler system that had a bad valve or two and all seems fine. The next day when I wander outside, I notice that there is still my nice dogs "surprises" left in the yard and I wondered how they missed it?! Now I can see it now some people going "WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?!!!!" WELL YOU SEE MY FRIENDS, THE PROBLEM IS THE POOP!!!!"
It started with my phone call to his voicemail asking if they were going to pick up the dog stuff next time they are here? In this economy and in the past, this was NEVER an issue. Infact, most of the people that helped me in the yard always cleaned up EVERYTHING! SO, after this voicemail exchange, my new gardner panics and calls someone else and then complains that I "expect" him to pick up DOG POOP!" So I called this other person and told them that I was not "complaining" but just "asking!" And then it dawned on me......MY NEW GARDNER THINKS HE IS TOO GOOD TO PICK UP A FEW POOPS!!!! And then I realize that maybe since he is older that he needs to keep some sort of PRIDE in order for him to continue with this career. BUT REALLY?!!!!!! I REALLY HAD A LAUGH ON THIS ONE I TELL YOU!!!!
THEN IT DAWNED ON ME.....THIS ALL HAS TO DO WITH GROWING OLDER AND TAKING PRIDE IN OUR LIVES AND CHOICES.
The other gardeners I have had were younger and more eager for the work and would do a really good job and clean everything in the yard. Poop did not matter!
SO, HERE IS WHERE WE PUT JOHNNY DEPP AND MY NEW GARDENER IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH....
Does Johnny Depp pick up POOP?!!!!!! I seriously doubt it....INFACT I would place a bet on that one. I admit that I have picked up poop before and have lead a normal existence even when my career was really going strong at different times in my life. I never acted "entitled." I NEVER ACTED LIKE I WAS TOO GOOD FOR ANYTHING OR ANYONE. It is called being HUMBLE people!
IT IS CALLED FEELING PRIDE IN WHO YOU ARE BUT NEVER THINKING YOU ARE TOO GOOD FOR ANYTHING.
I feel for my new gardner because somewhere in his inner "self" he feels like he is too good to pick up POOP. And this tells me that he is not happy where he is in life. I really hope he finds a better place in his inner self. Meanwhile I will still let him do his thing and not expect him to pick up POOP. I will do it if I need too and if it makes me feel too ill, I will call the younger one to do it once in a while when he is not in college classes.....
OH YEA.....Did I mention my neighbor "Shirley" the widow who does not like any cars parked in front of her house unless they are EXPENSIVE?!!!! Oh well, I had to tell my assistant to park "elsewhere" or across the street!!! VERY ENTERTAINING I TELL YOU!!!!! ha ha
AS MY FATHER USED TO SAY "TOO EACH HIS OWN." AMEN! HA HA
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