(LIFE) REMEMBER WHEN?

By Jug Varner

The Month of May is upon us.

More years ago than I care to remember, when I was a 1st grader in a small town Texas elementary school, we danced around a May Pole. I was an elf, but had no pointy-toed elf costumed shoes like the other kids, so I danced (if you could call it that) in my socks. Yeah, I know…real men don't dance around May Poles, but I was just a pint-sized kid at the time.

What is strange, however, is that I don't remember ever seeing or hearing about another May Pole celebration after moving away from there to a larger town later that year.

For some reason — springtime, I guess — I was thinking about those days long ago and decided to research a bit. As you know, within the vast infinity of cyberspace are many things. All one needs to find out about any one of these things is a good Web search engine (I am partial to Google), type in a subject, and stand back! I typed in May Pole and was amazed by the results. Maybe you already know all about May Poles, but if not, click here for starters, and go on from there…or maybe not.

For those of you who have not yet reached the senior plateau, I can tell you that when you do, all sorts of things from the past seep into your everyday thoughts. Don't ask me why, but you find yourself asking yourself (sometimes aloud), “Why would I be thinking about that?” Such as when an old tune pops up from the deep, dark past, and you try to remember the words…or a name long forgotten suddenly wants your immediate recall. In my case, I just keep at it until whatever wants to be remembered comes back loud and clear — although it is not always an immediate result. Experts say most of us use only one-tenth or less of our thought capacity, so mental exercises are as needful as the physical.

And yes, we do talk to ourselves, usually in the form of rhetorical questions. It's okay to talk to yourself, I suppose, as long as you don't start answering. Then onlookers will think you really are a little nutty.