Senior Scene August 28, 2017

The summer months are quickly receding into figments of our imagination as Labour Day approaches and all the young people return to the classrooms for another session of “education”. While my days of eagerly anticipating the first day of school are long past, I can well remember what the curriculum contained, the level of respect we accorded to our teachers, and the decorum that was expected from each student. With this in mind, I want to share with you an obituary that was originally penned by Lori Borgman and published in the Indianapolis newspaper in 1998. Apparently they no longer teach this subject in school.

“Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
  • why the early bird gets the worm:
  • Life isn’t always fair,
  • and maybe it was my fault.

Common sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults are in charge not children).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of an 8 year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer suntan lotion or an aspirin to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

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 his 4 stepbrothers: I know my rights, I want my rights, I want it now, I’m a victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on if not, join the majority and do nothing.

I would like to take this opportunity to advise all the members of Community Care for South Hastings that our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday September 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Parrott Room at the CrossRoads to Care complex in the Bay View Mall. If you are planning to attend, please call 613-969-0130 to register.