But hey- sometimes you just have to take a break from sorrow and heartbreak and even chickens.
So to lighten things up this evening, to change the mood, the timbre, to throw a little tinsel on the dull darkness which life can so very often be, I believe I will give you an early Christmas present.
Now, as with so many things, one size does not fit all and what may be catnip to one precious person may be an intolerable odoriferous green nasty herb to another.
I would hope with all of my heart that each and every one of you finds this little giftie suited to your taste but I know this is not possible. However, I will give it to you with my whole heart and hope that you find it in yours to enjoy.
(And once again, I have dear Jo to thank for this as she shared it on the Facebook.)
Here you go, and I send this out especially to all of the ladies who, like me, remember when men began to grow their hair out, when boys who looked like Sunday School Jesus were everywhere, when they were singing onstage in Hair that
"I would just like to say
That it is my opinion
That longer hair and other flamboyant affectations
Of appearance are nothing more
Than the male's emergence
From his drab camouflage into the gaudy plumage
Which is the birthright of his sex."
(Note: I did not have to look those lyrics up. I know them better than I know the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. Are you surprised?)
Okay. Are you ready? Here it is.
The picture that Jo posted which caught my attention was this one.
Do you know who that is? Do you? DO YOU?????
It is Bruce Springsteen.
Here's what I wrote on Jo's post on Facebook.
Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.
That man has been The Boss since he was a baby. And he's grown up to be fine looking older man. There is no doubt about it.
But let us take a moment to pause and be grateful that someone with a camera was there on that date, in that moment, in the life of Bruce Springsteen.
This may become one of the documented and officially blessed miracles of the Church of the Batshit Crazy.
Thank you, Jo. Thank you, Bruce. Thank you whoever-took-this photo. And thank you to the person who invented the men's white underwear shirt. Don't you just know that Bruce was wearing a pair of Levis, too?
I've looked it up and it appears that it was taken in 1970 when Bruce was a member of the band Steel Mill. I raise my glass to all the girls who may have seen Steel Mill in 1970 when he was a young and tender 21 years of age.
I swear, y'all. I have the vapors. Do you? Have looked at the website yet? What are you waiting for? Merry damn Christmas.