Non-Fiction Writing Sample #7

Have you ever had one of those days? You know, one of those days when you’re walking along quite happily, quite content with life’s blessings, when you observe something that stops you in your tracks and makes you shake your head and wonder what’s become of the world. For example, have you ever been at the mall having a perfectly good day of shopping – you’d even found those shoes you’d been admiring in your size (and on sale!) – and you’re making your way through the aisles of a crowded department store, swinging your shopping bag back and forth and humming a happy song when you notice a sweet, young girl all of maybe twelve years old or so kneeling on the floor, tying her shoe.

“Excuse me,” you say as you hold your shopping bag steady and start to slip past her.

“Oh, no problem,” she says, glancing up at you and smiling a lovely smile of perfectly white, perfectly straight teeth. You notice her skin is clear and fresh. And her eyes are blue. She shifts a bit to give you wider berth to get past her. As she does, her tee shirt slides up a bit and you cannot help but notice that this sweet, polite young thing of maybe twelve years old (and just barely that!) is not only wearing underwear that is wholly inappropriate for a little girl but she has a tattoo on her lower back! A tattoo! Can you imagine?

What was she thinking? What was her mother thinking?

And before you know it, you’re thinking, “What has become of the world? What ever happened to good, old common sense?

Good question.

The world does seem to have become a topsy-turvy place, where a child of twelve could have a tattoo or a lip pierced. But it’s not just young people who seemed to have “lost their way” when it comes to common sense. More and more it seems that what we could all benefit from is a nice, strong dose of sensible thinking.

We all need to stop and take a step back. We need to take a deep breath and look at the world around us and try to impose a small bit of order on our lives and our world. Lord knows, it’s necessary. We live in a world where it’s hard to know who is in charge – parents or children; where “moral” behavior is determined by advertising and the media; where being “right” often seems to be like everyone else.

In short, we live in a world where good, old-fashioned wisdom seems to be in short supply. Wisdom? Yes, wisdom.

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