Wednesday, November 4, 2015
One of the memorable and often quoted lines from The Godfather is spoken by Peter Clemenza after the revenge killing of Paulie Gatto. Clemenza instructs Rocco Lampone, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli". It's all about taking care of business and keeping your priorities straight. All of us have heard countless lectures, sermons, and talks about keeping one's priorities straight. By taking care of the important task first and not letting ourselves be side tracked by the trivial, we become more productive and successful. A kindergartner was struggling as he came up the aisle. It was the Friday before Halloween and his hands were full. In one hand he held on to his book bag that was bulging with all the necessities of a day in kindergarten. In the other hand he held the haul of candy from the class party and the special treats that had been so lovingly made by his teacher. This alone was proving to be a daunting task but as he prepared to leave the bus another problem was making itself known. His pants, ever so slightly, were creeping down. Like most little kindergarten boys there was not much in the behind area to help keep them up and he was not wearing a belt. He tried dragging his wrist across the waist of his pants, hoping they would somehow stick to his wrist and he would be able to pull them up. No go, so he took a step down, the pants crept down. Another step and continued slide. He did a hula motion on the bottom step to try and impede his pants decent. It was to no avail, as his feet hit the ground so did his pants and there before me was the full Halloween moon. He was appropriately dressed with little orange pumpkins on his drawers. He looked down, pants at his ankles, he looked to his right hand full of book bag that he dare not put down, he looked at his left hand with a bag full of candy. The young man has a bright future in front of him with his priorities firmly in place. He hung on to what was important and waddled to the house with his pants around his ankles.