Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Not payin' what you owe breaks Rule #8

"Anybody who pays taxes is an idiot," he says.  And Granny wonders how many people think like that and break Rule #8.

Cecil makes his own money sellin' his melons and the things on his farm.  He makes a lot of things, and he goes from door to door so his neighbors get to buy.  He drives on the roads around Cloutierville; and he don't even live here, and goes to Natchitoches to pick up his supplies.  He drives all around these parts and other places too.  And he tells Granny that it's silly stuff to pay taxes, cause the government don't do much and nobody needs to pay them cause they is lazy folk.

"Rule #8 is there for us," I told Cecil today.  But he shakes his head and tells me, "You worked yourself, and don't tell me you paid your taxes on all that pecan pickin' you did."

Now Granny here got really mad cause no one is gonna say that this old lady steals.  Cause not payin' taxes, well that steals from you and me.  He ought to know that Granny would honor #8 just like she tells her babies all around the world.  Cause people in Cloutierville they pays their taxes and knows they should not steal.

We knows the crooks are in the government but some are like this Granny and all my neighbors here.  And Granny knows the children here, well they all go to school.  Cecil drives on roads in Louisiana, and people pay for them.  So everybody needs to pay, at least what's fair for them.  We know sometimes it's hard to tell what's fair and what is not, but we know too that rules are made for everyone, and we been told we gotta follow them, especially them that's been right there from many years ago.

Even them people who win Gold medals in the Olympics, they has to pay taxes on the money they win and even their medals too.  But they pay anyway, while some folks are tryin' to get the laws changed so people who win for their countries like that, might not have to pay those taxes.  Some taxes might not be so fair, but we pays them until we learn we don't have to anymore.

And Cecil says, "Them doctors.  I don't listen to them folk."  So he don't pay his doctor and his bills go on and on.  One day Granny's driving by his house all boarded up, cause the doctor got there first and then the tax man came and took the rest away.  And all because Cecil didn't learn Rule #8.

(Photo, wikimedia commons, The Tax Collector)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cloutierville trying to draft Granny for President of the United States

"Now you folks skeedaddle, " I told that crowd of people from Cloutierville lined up outside my door.  " I don't have time to run for President of the United States, because that's a very small job compared to the one I have to do."

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Granny's best lesson on what you need most

When I was just a little child a long, long time ago, I walked the paths of Cloutierville each and every day. I saw the flowers blooming, the houses, small and big, smelled the sweetness of the air and felt the beauty everywhere.  And from a life of work and worry, trials, pain and strife, this old woman learned what might make the earth bloom where you are and where your life may be.

Some people live in shacks in deserts far away.  Some families have but little that they own.  People hurt from wars and tribulations, but there's one thing we all have we may not use that makes us different from anything The Man Upstairs has made.  And if we use it, we can find our way to or through almost anything.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Granny speaks up for abused children and asks you for your help

"This sweet angel was looking forward to celebrating her birthday.  So that's what we're going to do.  Please bring bubbles that we will be sending to Heaven." Bonnie brought me somethin' from a place called Facebook, I need to share with you about a lovely child named Victoria who died so awfully it makes this old heart break, but there are things we all can do to stop these terrible things.
Every day a small child dies.  And every day I weep.   Children beaten, hurt and killed.  Children die in war.  And little ones get sick from workin' in the dust, from diseases we could cure.  This Granny sees a world of love and one that's filled with pain.  It's only we can change things so babies just have love, and Granny has a plan.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bein' alone ain't right when there is love to share

"Hey, Mabel, let's go to Natchitoches and visit with those uptown folks.  You need to be gettin' out.  I think that candy ain't so good for you.  And Granny knows that sweet things and bein' alone, they often go together.  And that's how Mabel's business may be hers but in some ways it is mine.

Mabel spends a lotta time alone, and I tells her that ain't good.  She's been puttin' on the pounds, and her diabetes is gettin' worse.  I been thinkin' it's the candy and her not gettin' out, cause when you don't be doin' much, you probably eatin' more.  Granny sees that all the time and knows that Mabel needs some friends who care that she's all right.  Cause when we care for others, well they turn round care for you.  Let me tell you how that works.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Granny tells Susie how Cloutierville became heaven

Photo by Rhonda Sanders, used with permission
Cloutierville is heaven on earth; Granny knows.  Susie sits on my lap with the sunshine kissin' her sweet little face as she looks up and asks, "Granny, where did I come from and why do you tell everybody that Cloutierville is just like heaven and what happened that made it that way?"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Your fault is findin' fault with others

Mrs. Robinson in blue jeans in Cloutierville
"Look at that woman, dressed in those tight blue jeans and wigglin' her fanny and thinkin' she's better than the rest of us.  Besides that outfit makes her look really cheap.   I wouldn't want my brothers or my son even near someone like that." And  I just shakes my  head and thinks, Bonnie's problem is findin' fault with others, one of those things people do when they has nothin' smart to say.