Meddlers meddled, in a teched up, dumbed down nation. Old white guys dying while grasping for a little more; is neither here or there. The stink of it can be smelt all over. They had their day and their way with everyone and everything, everywhere, but still want.
It’s not all good.
Their there is also here. I’ve not escaped them or their grand plans for all of us, ever. I look them in the eye, being nobody to them, and most of the time, understand. These are my not father’s generation, and not my father, the dead Marine we never knew, who would have preferred to die invading Japan.
On or about my father’s eighteenth Birthday, Truman dropped the bomb, as my father was getting ready to go from Parris Island to be in that number that technology overruled. He went black, and never came back up, following his father into the trenches of skulduggery.
Perhaps it was Scottish Rite, or not all wrong...but the generational divide might have been a bridge too far. My grandfather served in France and came home to Prohibition, which was not his cup of tea. My father grew up well -to-do during the depression, not understanding where the money came from, or why. He died profane, proud, and alone. His sister got his share and some from day one, my father being unwilling to do whatever it took to get more than he needed.
Still, my father had held the ground, taking nothing for himself...except cheap rye. I saw it all unfold unknowing...too young to know. I followed neither of them...I watched and learned, hidden in the smoke and mirrors of the maze.
I know those two old men better than ever now that I am. I do not play golf hunt or fish, after my decades of cheerful service, which were not as they seemed. I have neither cashed up, or shut down, choosing instead to stare the thing right in the eye at close range, fearlessly optimistic.
I look and wait, I’m good at waiting, forever. I’m happy and not driving. The kids have to learn. I’m there and here to help. It’s never been all good, in fact, for me it was far worse for a long time...neither cashing up or shutting down, but holding ground just the same.