Somewhere in that tiny brain lobe where music and muscial information is stored, I am hearing a song sung, I think, by the King of Siam, in the musical "The King and I".  It had to do with the King being wrapped in a "puzzlement" and I think it was over the different ways of life in Siam and England, as told in the  musical play.

I have a few puzzlements also.  I think they are due to my being part of the older generation now. There was a time when I was younger than most everyone I knew but that has changed…I am the oldest generation in our family and I am also OLDER than most people I now know.

One puzzlement is how do grandchildren grow up so quickly?   We are going to our oldest grand daughter’s graduation celebrations and ceremony this weekend at Century High School in Bismarck and it only seems like a few weeks ago that this little 3 year old came to stay at the farm all by herself for the first time.  Can she possibly be 18 years old already???  I am going to need to take a towel along to her graduation ceremony because I feel like I am on the verge of shedding buckets of tears…not from being sad but….I don’t know why..I am a female and females cry for no good reasons a lot of the time.

Another puzzlement is why do people drive so fast and what price is gas going to have to climb to in order to make people slow down???  I drove to a big  supermarket this morning in  order to get some really nice fresh strawberries and blueberries for the asked-for fresh fruit compote at our granddaughter’s reception.  I have made up my mind since gas went over 3 dollars a gallon that I will no longer drive over 65 mph and today I set the cruise control to 60 mph in my personal quest to economize and get better mileage with the high priced gasoline.   I felt like I was crawling along which tells you something about driving before the gas prices rose.  Also, I was nearly being run over by other drivers who are paying the same price for gas but are still careening down the 65 mph speed limit highway at speeds well over 65 mph!   Another puzzlement is what will it take to get people to quit driving their extremely big gas-guzzlers?  We(Buffaloguy and I) have speculated on this puzzlement.  Will it take 6 dollar a gallon gas?   8 dollar a gallon gas?  Even higher than that? We know our relatives in Norway were paying 6 bucks in American dollars about 3 years ago and they thought our 1.99 gas (at that time) was the biggest bargain they had ever seen.

Another puzzlement:  are most people (other than me) so affluent they can afford to drive huge vehicles and pay huge prices not only for their regular driving but also for running big RVs and big speed boats?  Being on a fixed retirement income I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around the obvious affluence among us…..or is it all going to credit card debt that cannot be paid up each month?

The last puzzlement that is rolling around like a bumnch of mind-marbles today is the concept of law and order.  After observing the race to where ever on the highway today, are there any people left who will obey speed laws?   And where are the enforcers as long as speed limits are posted?  They could just as well take down the speed limit signs and put up ones that say "Whatever!!"

Enough wondering:  I have to do some outside work before I start getting ready for my tearful graduation trip to Bismarck where the most wonderful girl is going to graduate on Sunday.  But then all my grandkids are wonderful and this is only the first time I am going to see this happen…if the Lord allows me to see all 8 of them get to this point.  I pray I will be able to see them all get that diploma.

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Kay Syvrud

I am a retired elementary "schoolmarm"..I was a school librarian/media director for nearly 25 years before I retired in 2004. Naturally one of my fondest things is reading! I also love reading aloud to young children, something I did for so many years with amazing results; every child wants to read the same book as the teacher read!!!! I also am fond of my gardens...both flower beds and vegetable plots. I love being outdoors....mowing the lawn after my husband has done so with a big lawn tractor...I trim with my small power mower! I have a rain barrel to collect rainwater for plants! I have an old fashioned "pedal" bike I love to ride. I enjoy going to a Silver Sneakers class at a community center about 20 miles from my country home on what I call the "Buffalo Bluff" which overlooks the Buffalo River and its valley below. I LOVE to write and am working on a book for my grandkids so they will always know more about Grandma when she was still "kickin" and "had all her marbles"!!!!

2 thoughts on “A PUZZLE-MENT”

  1. :::hands Buffalo Gal a large bath sheet::: There, there, now…its ok.

    People driving like they are mad, I think comes from the insane lifestyle we have become accustomed too. There’s always somewhere we were supposed to be half an hour ago. At least that’s the way it seems. I believe your conclusion regarding the abundant affluence around you is correct; it’s mostly credit card debt. I wonder how many second mortgages on homes there are to pay for some of this stuff. It’s insane I tell you. I am buying a bike and will most likely spend most of the summer risking my life in Fargo riding bike to work to save money on gas. People in general are just insane; mad with greed and gluttony.

    But, despite it all, have a great weekend and congrats to your granddaughter on her graduation. I wish the best for her in the future.

  2. Thanks Prairie Woman; it is always nice to hear from you and I enjoyed your blog today also!
    I wish I could ride a bike to where I want to go but I think I would be pretty near to hospitalization if I biked a few 60 mile round trips. I live too far away from everything I want to do!!

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