Ser-en-dip-ity, what a wonderful word… Say that word a few times, does it not sound and feel good?!!! “SERENDIPITY” Zippity do da, Zippity aah, my oh my, what a wonderful day, plenty of sunshine headed my way, zippity do dah, zippity aah. Sorry, I sometimes get carried away! Let’s look that word up in the dictionary, it means, a seeming gift for finding good things accidentally. Remember last week’s word was simplicity. I’m a simple person, am I an accident “probably” and I’m trying to be good, but gosh darn it, I don’t have a gift, at least not until my Birthday or Christmas. (Whew that took one whole day’s worth of brain waves, so I’m going to take a short nap now, can’t allow my Alzheimer to get complete control of my brain.)
Siesta’s over, I’m back to thinking. I’m temporarily stumped, oh, oh, I might have something here. Forrest Gump was serendipitous. How about Gomer Pyle, you remember Gomer Pyle don’t you. I’ll refresh your memory, he was a tall goofy looking character who joined the Marines and drove his Sergeant crazy. Maybe you must be simple and goofy or challenged to have serendipity.
I want some of that serendipity. I found a red M & M peanut under a piece of paper on my desk, I love them; is that serendipity? Seems to fit the meaning of gift, good things, accidentally!
When given a gift, a book for example, and the book title is horrendous, yet it turns out to be extremely mind numbingly excellent. That is serendipity toying with me right!
I’m out walking with my dog and I find a $20. I think that must be serendipity. After a long hot day of walking we need our nourishment as we eat grilled steaks from the money. Good golly Miss Molly we’re thinking as we eat our steaks. We love this here serendipity stuff!
I was out looking for a job once and found one. Is that serendipity? Let’s examine this closer. With the money I make I can buy gifts, food, shelter, fuel. I’m having trouble with the finding the good thing part of this equation though. It was accidental because I sure as hell never thought I would be doing what I’m doing. You see most days I don’t find my job good! I need it most certainly, but finding good things is stretching it a mite. I occasionally run across some intelligent conversation, as in “the weathers calling for rain today and guess what, it’s raining.” When Benny asks me “are we having fun” and I just want to smack the snot out of him. Benny meets the requirements of serendipity, the gift of finding good things accidentally. Klem that’s my Buddy says that Benny has frontal lobe damage. Aye yi, yi, yi, yi. Klem are the smart one between us. I don’t think Benny’s elevator goes all the way to the top. I also believe he sees the world as one gigantic toy box. It is hard not to like Benny as he is a good worker, always in good spirits. I must admit in the beginning I wondered if Benny wasn’t taking something to be in the happy go lucky moods he seemed to stay in. You see Benny is the epitome of serendipity. He is a young man due to no fault of his own has found the gift of finding good things accidentally by possessing the mind set of simplistic pleasures of life.
The simple pleasures of life, are what I’m looking for. I think I’ll have Benny teach me the simple pleasures. He talks all the time, I’m not kidding!!! Never says anything meaningful, but he sure is having fun!
I wish to examine this phenomenon a little more. Benny is being taken care of by us; society. Benny is challenged. He has found a job where he is taken care of because of his condition. He views the world as a playpen only to have fun and work where he is rewarded by buying himself a pick-up truck, hunting, fishing supplies a cell phone, t-shirts with what he considers cool wondrous funny words on them.
I hate to admit it but I an old man with a lifetime of anxiety under my belt that has only been counterproductive to my health and serendipity. I find myself jealous of this young man with the world of fun all around him. The simplest pleasures in life are free if you can find them. I have searched my lifetime and seem to be finding it, hopefully to enjoy, if only for a short period of time. What is it you ask “It is what you are currently reading,” my way of finding solace, serenity, pleasures at a time I should be just sitting around watching sports and saying if only!!!THIS ATTEMPT AT WRITING IS QUITE BY ACCIDENT. I WOULD NOT REFER TO MY MISADVENTURES IN WRITING A GIFT. I DO FIND IT FUN AND GOOD AT THIS TIME IN MY LIFE. AS BENNY WOULD ASK “ARE WE HAVING FUUN” GOSH DARN IT I AM… Glen over here at GLEN VIEW