SamHenry’s “New World Order”- Scenario #1

Posted on July 26, 2010

SamHenry Cleans Up Nicely

Three things a young person does not want to hear:

1. Grandma is coming to live with us.

2. Someone else’s grandma is coming to live with us (we need the money)

3. You will be going to live with someone else’s grandma.

This evening, I went grocery shopping with a young man from Korea who rents a room in my home. My other renter is a young man from Ghana.  Both thought when they first arrived life with a woman who could have been their grandmother would be simple: hello and goodbye.  Surprise. They are growing sad about leaving.  So am I.  I don’t need the two picky females in my life who will be replacing them this fall.

Look at me.  Do I look like the vamp of Savannah or Scheherazade?  Yet Daniel and Joseph seem very happy here now. I don’t know what it is – perhaps it is that they like the adventure of not knowing what will come out of my mouth next? I have told them senility is a myth. Mumbling confused people with gray hair are really CIA operatives and listening posts. I am not one of the listening posts because I like to talk.  I am a courier.  I carry important messages back and forth between my doctor and the pharmacist.

When they are bugging me more than I am bugging them, I know just enough about what is going on in the world today to scare them into submission. For example, at the grocery store, Daniel was running behind me with his cart repeating “have you got everything you need now”?  He was just like a 3 year old.  I was immovable.  I had to stop to read labels or muse about mousse.

Finally I turned to him and said:  “Daniel, a new world order is coming – the internet is buzzing with talk

of it.  And in the new world order, I’m quite certain that, because there will be an over supply of old people, every young person will be assigned an old person.  You may have to take that old one home and care for it.  Daniel, you don’t fully realize it but you are in training right at the moment.  If you want to graduate with honors, you will keep back a cart’s length behind me and stop asking me the same question.

In going on the offensive like that I was hedging my bets.  Daniel was getting ingredients to cook me a delicious Korean meal.  You see, I’m helpless in the kitchen.  I officially closed mine down years ago and now only open it up on special occasions  – when students cook!  They are excited to try out their new pots and pans in a kitchen that isn’t their mothers’.

For my part, I have been gastronomically generous to Daniel.  I have introduced him to asparagus and canoli and in that order.  He knows I am a culture bearer – I’ve explained this aspect of the role of the aged in America.  Because he is in our country to learn, he is grateful.  Did I say he can’t drive?


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