A very short story.
Monday, May 4, 2009 at 8:00AM
ZenBandit in being alive now, being happy, free drawing, free stuff, sketchbooks, very short moral

Click on thumb for larger version...You know when someone says, I just thought I'd teach you a lesson? I've always wondered what the real lesson was (since it never turned out to be the lesson they were teaching).

Even now, here's all I can remember of the lessons I've been taught:

1. when you're being yelled at, it's a good idea to act like you're listening. Smiling & starting to dance your own little happy dance is definitely not good.
2. when people ask you when was the last time you balanced your checkbook, tell them regularly, every month & that you must have missed an entry, or you have a bad calculator.

HA! Some student I am...

You see, I'm not that good with being taught a lesson. I'm much better about looking back about ten years later & going, Oh, that's what that all meant. Like almost everybody I know (DRAT. Including my own children.) I'm better at learning my own lessons, however slowly.

So, if you ever hear a story from me (like the one here) with a moral, you can count on it being really short & ambiguous enough that you're never going to be sure if I actually meant to teach you anything. (Because I probably didn't. )

with love, Brian

P.S. By the way, you can click on this thumbnail & get a larger version. I think it's about the perfect size to print out & give to your favorite happy person who is having a short period of forgetfulness. It's got a Creative Commons copyright, so you can use it for non-commercial purposes as long as you tell people where you got it from. (That would be me & StoryPeople. Not from somewhere on the internet. Just to be clear. :-))

Here's all the Creative Commons stuff right here in case you want to learn more about how to happily share your work with the whole world (just so you know I'm not trying to teach you a lesson...):

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