Truth Makes Things Grow

He returns the cup of coffee to its saucer, looks at the younger man, and smiles. “Life is like soil, what you put in tells what you grow. But don’t ever come a time you have say over everything.”

The younger man leans back in his chair, looks out the diner window at the overcast sky just now  spilling rain, shakes his head, and looks back at the older man. “So there’s no such thing as certainty.”

Not all the way. Look at those folks figurin’ they make enough money all will be well. Never works. That Ralph Lauren fella made lots of clothes but never made happiness. If you ain’t happy bein’ you it don’t amount to a hill a beans what you wearin’. Years back I was in the street, homeless they call is these days, wadn’t easy by any means, but I had some fine friendships that knew loyalty and ya don’t see much loyalty these days. Lotta users though. People playin’ friends, playin’ love and keep playin’ as long as they get what they want from you. Then they’re gone, mist in the morning gone.”

So if you like somebody, want to know somebody more’n you do,  love somebody even, whataya do? “

Say so.”

Say so?”

Sure. Ain’t no point in bein’ anybody but who you are and if you have feelin’ thoughts like that, say’m. That’s what you feed your soil with, truth. Best thing there is cause when truth makes things grow they’s things you can count on, believe in.”

It stopped raining.”


Tell the Truth and Don’t Dribble

– She’s a kneebuckler, I’m sure of it.

– A what?

– Kneebuckler, you know kneebuckler?

– Not personally.

– No no. A kneebuckler is a woman so beautiful in who she is she buckles your needs. Retaining the ability to stand can be an issue.

– You mean it’s more than looks.

– Can be, of course.
– So meet her sitting down.

– That’s not all though.

– All what?

– That’s not all kneebucklers do to you.

– I don’t understand.

– When you meet someone you’re supposed to talk.

– That’s what they say.

– Who says?

– I don know, it’s an expression, that’s what they say, an expression.

– You’re supposed to talk –

– When you meet someone.

– Right. But if she’s a kneebuckler that can be difficult.

– Talking?

– Apparently you think I’m a kneebuckler because you’re not having an easy time talking yourself right now.

– I don’t think you’re a kneebuckler. Nobody’s think that.

– Then try concentrating on what I’m saying here.

– Okay.

– You meet a kneebuckler, retaining the ability to speak coherently is at risk.

– So what do you do?

– Try not to stare.

– That doesn’t make any sense, you have to look at her.

– I know I have look at her, but I don’t have to stare.

– Stare meaning…?

– Your eyes glaze over, you hope to God you’re not dribbling. And you try to remember to nod when she says something.

– What if she asks you a question?

– Tell the truth, always tell the truth.

– Tell the truth and don’t dribble.

– There ya go.

– Then maybe that’s the way you approach things like this.

– Tell the truth and don’t dribble.

– There ya go.