Normally, I avoid all political posts or other controversial topics. I just don’t like conflict or arguing, and in my opinion, most minds are already made up anyway. I like to focus on the positive, and hopefully, encourage and uplift others, even if just a tiny bit.
However, today I am writing this post because I am mad. I am writing this because I just have to tell someone, and you have the unfortunate position of being here now. But let me back up a bit first.
When I was younger, probably around the time I was a young “homemaker” (note that word), I tried reading one of Erma Bombeck’s books. I’ve always liked humor; yet, at the time, I didn’t find her books funny. I found the writings of a self-proclaimed housewife to be depressing.
A couple decades later, for some reason, I again picked up a book by Erma Bombeck. This time however, I found Erma to be hilarious! And so David, you can rest easy now, as I am not offended that you’ve compared my writing – at times – to be like Erma Bombeck. In fact, now I find it humbling that anyone would ever even put my name in the same sentence as Erma Bombeck.
Erma Bombeck was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when she was 20. She did not share this information publicly until 1993. For years, she waited on a list for a kidney transplant. She refused to put herself ahead of others who were before her on the list. When she finally did receive the transplant in April 1996, she died just a few weeks later from complications due to the procedure.
I remember reading an article long ago comparing Erma with Mickey Mantle. Some of you may very well remember the controversy. Mickey waited 2 days for a liver transplant. His doctors insisted there was no favoritism, even though Mickey had abused his liver for 40 years. I am trying not to be judgmental here; I know alcoholism is a disease. But I don’t believe he waited his turn in line. Mickey died in 1995, just a few months after his transplant.
He put himself before others. Just like those who are butting up in the Covid vaccine line. Putting themselves before others who may need it more. Oh, I am sure there are rationalizations going on in the minds of those who do this. People can and do rationalize anything.
Yes, we are all wired for self-preservation. But as for me and my house, we will patiently wait our rightful turn and continue to do our best to stay safe. This is what my faith, my decency as a fellow human being, and my self respect instruct me to do.
In my book, Mickey struck out. Big time. With bases loaded. I can’t help but remember him for this.
Erma, on the other hand, hit a grand slam.
Thank you, Erma, for being an example of the kind of human being I want to be.
Please stay safe.