Life, Cartoonish And Not

Life, Cartoonish And Not

Strange day, starting with these cartoon characters standing on the street waving to everyone.

And they say texting while driving is distracting — what’s this?

Some other weird things:

– At a food store, saw an argument between an Asian customer and a Spanish-speaking cashier–they were arguing over something as silly as an orange juice, but what made this especially comical was because of the language barrier, each was getting more and more frustrated, until they both sort of gave up, and the customer storming out saying he was never going there again.

– At the rehabilitation facility, spoke to a couple where the husband–age 88–was there “unexpectedly” for the last two months after a relatively minor surgery. The wife–age 79 (married 60 years)–was visiting him every day. She said that they had never been really sick before, and that when he got out, they were going to visit their other condo in Florida and resume their regular, favorite hobby of ballroom dancing.

– A nurse assistant, from Sierra Leone, told me how he had escaped the bloody civil war there that left 50,000 people dead. He described how the rebels would overrun the villages killing everyone as he pointed his finger saying “boom, boom” and making slashing movements as if holding a knife or machete–and that many from his family were murdered. He described how he had escaped to neighboring Guinea and from there called his uncle in America who helped get him here, but the price was that he had to leave his family–a wife and two children behind. He said in the last 11 years, he was able to visit them only once in 2008 for a couple of weeks, and at the end of this month, he was finally able to go back to bring them to America.

I wondered how very different our lives are–and how some people suffer with war, poverty, illness, and loss, while others are vacationing and dancing into their 90’s. I’m not judging or implying anyone as good or bad–especially since all these people seemed very nice–but these events reminded me of a Jewish saying about the conundrum of the seeming righteous people that suffer and the wicked that prosper–and that only G-d is The Judge, who knows who is really righteous and wicked, what they really deserve, and that some people get rewarded in this world, while others in the world to come.

Either way, I hope G-d has mercy on us, so we don’t suffer, and have much more happy dancing times and less to none illness, poverty, and fighting.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)