Being resigned

Uncle Joe Carson: As the chief, I’ve always been worried about the one weak link in the fire department.
Kate Bradley: So you’ve decided to resign.

– Petticoat Junction

American actress Bea Benaderet, Kate Bradley on Petticoat Junction, was born on this day in 1906 (died 1968).

Of course, Benaderet had a long, successful career well before Petticoat Junction, including the neighbor of George and Gracie Burns, among others.

But to me she’ll always be the mother of Billie Jo, Bobbi Jo, and Betty Jo, and the one who kept Uncle Joe in line.

I’m happy to share that small memory from my childhood with you. Treat it gently.

Speaking of resigning, no not like that…you should know I can’t quit any of my fourteen jobs. Maybe it’s not exactly fourteen, I lost count. Be kind to me. I just got over the flu.

What I mean is more of the same that I talked about yesterday. Being resigned to take what life throws at us, even if it’s sometimes a double-wide refrigerator and just dust oursevles off and keep moving forward.

On a side note, if you get hit with a fridge and the in-door ice dispenser works, text me.

That’s where I am when writing this post.

See the plan is always to have the blog posts for the next week written by Friday or Saturday at the latest. Go re-read yesterday’s post if you forget why that may not have happened.

So, I’m struggling this week to keep up and to play catch-up with everything else that didn’t get done last week and all the new things that will be added this week…all while moving just a little more slowly.

You know, like “Uncle Joe, he’s a movin’ kinda slow at the junction…”

I digress.

Or do I? Was there a point?

Sure, there’s a point. We have to take what life gives us and put into it what we can.

So, I had a detour last week. But I’m back on my writing schedule. I’m back, mostly, on my reading schedule. I’m back to the office and will soon be back to the park. And, by the end of the week, I’ll be back at the gym.

You can do the same. You’ve got goals. You’ve got dreams. Maybe somewhere along the way you got derailed. Maybe it wasn’t the flu but it was still something that knocked you on your fanny for a bit.

You can sit there in the dirt and cry about it. Or you can dust your britches off and start moving forward again.

I realize that can sound a bit trivial. Some things life throws at us are harder to deal with than others, and they take longer to recover. Those are the words of a twenty-seven year cancer survivor. They’re also my words.

Whatever took you off track, don’t let it keep you there.

Before she was Kate Bradley, Benaderet was the mother of Jethro Bodine and the love interest of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on The Beverly Hillbillies.



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