Now and then someone decides to improve you. You know how this goes. “Instead of shoveling dirt my friend why not use a banjo?” You know they mean well. You see it in their earnest hand gestures. Trouble is, you like your shovel. It’s been handed down in the family for a hundred years. The blade wobbles and it needs a shim but it still works just as you do. You can’t imagine digging with a banjo. Then you understand: they meant you should sing the dirt away. Of course! Yes, it’s still stupid but it makes sense. You promise you’ll revisit this in the future.

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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