this post is inspired by daylight savings time.
however, the following (the quote, not the preamble) was shared with me by one of my “Uncle Bob’s“, via email recently.
this particular Uncle Bob is the husband of my Mom’s (Mom is currently deceased) best friend, and my Godmother, Phyllis. he is certainly an inspiration with his commitment to riding and charity at the age of eighty-seven (87). he travels around the country riding for a number of charities.
Uncle Bob is relevant, and current.
wisdom just tells.
this particular and unique Bob is not to be confused with my other two storied Uncle Bob’s you might know about.
that short list includes, Robert “Sonny” Cork /1 ↓, my Dad’s brother, whom is also currently deceased (relative to my Mom), and Bob Cork, from the “other side of the family” (I call him my “Earth-Two” Uncle), whom is a great story-teller, but currently losing a battle with dementia. NOTE: Dementia, in this case reminds me of a Muslim maxim, “the punishment is in the promise and the promise is in the punishment”. Bob can recount, and often does, his stories – which are rich and meaningful – but he is forgetting almost everything else.
I can’t tell you this was actually said, but I do think it sounds reasonable:
“When told the reason for daylight savings time, an old and wise Indian allegedly said, ‘Only the government would try and lead you to believe that we could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it on to the bottom of the same blanket, and some how have a longer blanket’ “.
Uncle Bob, whom was a very successful financial executive, added one comment:
“and then embark on a 10 billion dollar media blitz to try to convince us that it really does make the blanket longer”.
I wish I could call my Earth-Two Uncle Bob and share all of this with him. I know he would pause only for a moment and then come up with some corollary Indian tale that weaves all of this together in a brilliant tapestry that adds to life. we are all part of that.
that made me think of a series shared at North Point Community Church called Mosaic. ↑ this image is from that. look at the pieces. each separately told it’s own story. together, they told a completely different one with a whole different, and much richer, t meaning.
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork
NOTE: the reference to “earth two” is relative to the DC Universe, and not to be confused with a past and ill-fated television show, that was lame.
1/ ↑ In my Dad’s family, all the kids were nicknamed, “Sis”, “Sonny”, “Bud”, and “Babe”.