Tuesday, July 29, 2008

No news is good news

I realized this morning that I couldn't remember the last time I had read a newspaper. I'm not a big paper reader as it is. One often has to eliminate activities from one's day to make room for more "important" endeavors. For me, this has meant not reading the paper very frequently.

So today, while eating breakfast in the lovely concierge room in our hotel where I have consumed mass quantities of bacon and scrambled eggs over the last 5 days, I picked up the Boston Globe.

I quickly remembered why I eliminated reading the paper from my daily routine. Bombings, torture, kidnappings, war, death, drugs, murder, police corruption. I announced to my older son and younger daughter, who were sitting there with me, that there was no good news in the paper. My daughter piped up, "Here's some good news ... you're alive." Yes, I countered, but that's not in the paper. "Give me a pen and I'll write it in..."

My son rummaged through the paper and handed me a section. "Here's some good news," he said. It was the comics. I smiled, thinking of how my husband likes to tease me for reading the comics. Is it any wonder anyone would read the comics, with all the death and destruction otherwise reported?

Contrasted against the doom and gloom of the newspaper was a broadcast of Regis & Kelly that was playing on the big flat screen TV in front of me. People are dying left and right and Kelly is giggling about whether or not the security guards would throw her out of Regis' neighborhood.

Want to know why this show is still on? People need a smile. They need to hear something good. They need to escape reality and just be silly.

"Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings but you were not willing!" -- Luke 13:34

I confess there are many days when I say, "Lord, I'm ready. Please come today." With so much "bad" news everywhere, perhaps I need to adopt the giggling attitude of Kelly, who sees a rainbow hanging over every storm cloud.

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