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Wait! Where Was I?

Updated on July 21, 2012

I have a good number of unfinished manuscripts and blog articles that are just sitting here in my computer waiting to someday be completed. You may ask “why?” (but you probably won’t). It is sometimes very hard for me to stay focused on my stream of thought once I have been interrupted. It never used to be that way, but it seems that of late, once I get a good thing going here, my wife would come in and tell me what Dr. Oz or Joyce Meyer just said. I try to give her my full attention because I think that she deserves it. She has put up with me for over thirty years, and she would be the first to tell you that at least twenty of them have been happy. My figure varies, but then I am a man, so what I think or say has no bearing on anything.

And in she walks. I have to go get the mail.

And a bag of ice from the IGA.

So now I feel like “Winnie the Pooh”, (c’mon, think! think!).

Writing has become difficult enough for me lately. Getting the time to do it is one thing, getting uninterrupted time is yet another. I could spend an afternoon gathering my thoughts together, only to have them flitter away in a matter of seconds.

Like this thought process just did. I haven’t a clue of what I wanted to say now.

Meanwhile, I could write about, oh….let’s say…(as I gaze out of the window at the road searching for subject matter)…..Roadkill! Yes! Roadkill! I happened upon a video online about a young man that was astonished by the number of people that actually swerved their cars to purposely try to hit an animal, more specifically turtles and snakes. Now, I have noticed that here in the deep south, this is actually a sport. People actually go out driving just for the sake of killing something.

When driving down the road, I have noticed that there are an unusually high number of smashed turtles lying about, especially on the shoulder and right on the center line. Rabbits and squirrels I can understand, because they will dash out in front of you. Even cats are acceptable because nobody likes them. But a turtle? (I even saw the tire tracks going 6 feet onto the shoulder just to kill a groundhog).

“Really officer, I couldn’t help it! The turtle ran out in front of me! I couldn’t stop!”

Yeah right.

So this young man decided to put out fake turtles and fake snakes just to count how many people actually went out of their way to run them down. It was a bit saddening, but that’s life here in Dixie.

And you know what? When you lose your train of thought, you just ramble. Your writing becomes rhetorical jibber-jabber, and you look like an idiot. Oh well. I’m entitled to a bad one once in a while. That is why most of my writing happens late at night, when I am the only one awake. I can have an uninterrupted thought flow just long enough to fall asleep with my face on the keyboard.

As always my friends, thanks for taking the time to read this jibber-jabber of mine. I apologize for it, and will have something of higher quality next time. Remember to always work hard, do a good deed for someone that you don’t know, and give the Good Lord thanks for everything, even the bad stuff.

And brake for turtles.

©2012 By Del Banks


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    • Sparklea profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      badegg: I just received your email and THANK YOU for sending me the YouTube of people saving a whale. I'm leaving the house but I will watch it when I return. It's so easy for me to weep for animals.

      Yesterday our neighbor's cat wandered into our yard. My husband went outside, sat on the grass. The purring cat came right to him, climbed his chest, and nuzzled her face into his neck. It was priceless to watch. That being said we don't let our cats out at all.

      By the way I'm adding your wife to my prayer list. She sounds like a lovely person. Thanks again, and God bless, Sparklea :)

    • badegg profile imageAUTHOR

      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      Thank you, Sparklea! And congrats on such a long a fruitful marriage as well! There are so few marriages going the distance anymore. The animals, I firmly believe, know that they have us to depend on during a time of need, and when we let them down they cannot comprehend that. Look on YouTube for the story of the whale that was saved by three people in a boat. It'll bring tears of joy to your eyes. The whale was so thankful afterwords.

      Blessings back atcha, Sparklea!

    • Sparklea profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Badegg: First I love the title of your hub...I SO get it! I think our minds are sometimes like Mexican jumping beans, going all over the place.

      I am sure many do what I do: get out of my chair, go to another room for something, and by the time I get there...can't remember why I got up~ it is because my mind won't settle!

      I have to tell you I voted up, useful and interesting on your hub. Up because of your unique topic. Useful because you presented pertinent facts, interesting because of the facts you presented!

      Congratulations on your lengthy marriage! Your wife and I would get along great...also please tell her I love Joyce Meyer, and my sister listens to her almost every day. My husband and I celebrated our 38th anniversary this year. He is quiet, I am the chatty one.

      Now I have to tell you I am an animal LOVER and would NEVER run over an animal on purpose. I sincerely believe people who do that are heartless and have no souls.

      Last year I hit two squirrels...they jumped right in front of my car and I had nowhere to go. I was extremely upset and felt just awful.

      But to deliberately go out and look for an innocent animal for the purpose of killing it ... it is just wrong!

      I wish the states would toughen laws regarding animal cruelty. Animals are our friends. They are innocent. Those poor animals crossing the road are not hurting anyone.

      It is wonderful you have instilled in your family that every creature on this planet is here for a purpose, and, yes, it IS in our power to protect and save these creatures as much as we can.

      I wish those who hurt animals could for one minute try to put their spirits inside those animals and imagine how they suffer and die with their last breath coming out as horrible fear.

      Breaks my heart into a thousand pieces to think of it! It also angers me. I have no respect for anyone who does that...and when I hear things like that it brings out my dark side. I can't even read articles in the paper about animal cruelty.

      That being said, your hub did NOT ruin my day. Also, I think you made an excellent point with your last paragraph, which I just mentioned above.

      Blessings to you always, badegg. Sparklea :)

    • badegg profile imageAUTHOR

      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      Ah! The High Sierra! One of my favorite places to view wildlife. Back in my youth, I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with some college friends after i was introduced to it via the John Muir trail on a Boy Scout trip. What an adventure it was.

      I have instilled in my family that every creature is on this planet for a purpose, and that if it is within out power to protect and save just one of these creatures, we have done well for ourselves and for further generations to come.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Lucille Apcar 

      7 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      Here in the High Sierra we brake for ALL wildlife. Deer, frogs, tarantulas, snakes. wild turkeys, skunks, raccoons. This is their habitat, and we are priviledged to share it with them.

    • badegg profile imageAUTHOR

      Del Banks 

      7 years ago from Southern Blue Ridge Mountains

      Mr. Highland Terrier:

      I am sorry if I ruined your day. If you have been a follower of mine, which obviously you haven't, you would know that she (my wife) is recovering from a stroke. I don't mind giving her my time at this point, because one day she may not be here to give time to.

      Maybe you have a different perspective of marriage on the Emerald Isle. Maybe you look upon women as subordinates. That is your perogative and perhaps your custom. Here, in my household, it is a 50/50 proposition, with respect shown to one another. I could have voiced my objections to her interruptions, but I actually enjoy my wife's company while I still have her around.

      I hope that you are able to realize that what may be your opinions and customs may not be the same that people share in other parts of the world. And it is totally under your control of what you let "ruin your day". God Bless you, sir.

      Del Banks

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      highland terrier 

      7 years ago

      Its 7.44am over here in Ireland and I am officially depressed for the remainer if the day thanks for that.

      Tell the wife that there are 24 hours in the day; 8 for sleeping; 8 for her and 8 for you, its a joint partnership not a master and slave scenario.

      As for the roadkill what can I said, your god whom you wish to thank for even the bad did not make a good creature when he made homo sapiens.


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