From the Desk of Don Slinger Issue 42

Spring 2002 CSANews Issue 42  |  Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.Back to list

Common Sense lived a long life, but died of a heart attack on the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He selflessly devoted his life's service in schools, hospitals, homes, factories and offices, helping folks get jobs done without fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, silly laws and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense.

He was credited with cultivating such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn't always fair. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (adults are in charge, not kids) and it's okay to come in second.

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression and the Technological Revolution, Common Sense survived cultural and educational trends including body piercing, whole language and "new math." But his health declined when he became infected with the "if-it-only-helps-one-person-it's-worth-it" virus. In recent decades, his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers.

His health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition. It declined even further when schools had to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student but could not inform the parents when a female student was pregnant or wanted an abortion.

Common Sense lost his will to live when the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, criminals received better treatment than victims and federal judges stuck their noses into everything from Boy Scouts to professional sports. Finally, when a woman too stupid to realize that a cup of steaming coffee was hot was awarded a huge settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by two stepbrothers, My Rights and Ima Whiner.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he had gone.

Yes, it just keeps getting better.
When you put the right people in charge of an event and the event is centred around Canadian snowbirds and their needs, you can't write a better script. Beth and I attended the 10th anniversary of our first Snowbird meeting in Lakeland in January, and we were very proud to be a part of this wonderful experience.

We also attended the information and entertainment days in Bradenton and Port Charlotte in February. We seemed to know most of the Canadians who attended. That leaves me with a thought for the day: "Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years".

God Bless!