when I was a young man, Dunkin’ Donuts ran a series of ads on TV with a poor schmuck who every morning woke early to go make donuts. These days, when I am doing a repetitive task daily, I might joke with a coworker with this phrase. And unless, that co-worker is older than forty, I look like a crazy person spouting nonsense.
I am bringing donuts to reward my ushers today who are completing a three -month stint as volunteers. I rose early to get to the donut shop; when I joked with one of the young workers about him picking an assortment, I said, ” donuts. It’s part of my see-food diet.”
He looked at me.
“See-food. If I see it, I eat it.” “Oh”, he replied. “I like that. I think I will use that!”
I’m not sure about that being part of the mentoring that our minister was encouraging the older generation to provide to a younger one. However, there are many things that are pretty harmless that became part of the cultural lexicon when I was a younger man.
Like the time, years ago, I was a little frustrated and annoyed about some work demands, and I was humming the song from the The Wizard of Oz, “If I Only Had a Brain”. At that moment, one of the Operations department planners passed me in the hallway. She smiled.
“Which one are you? Tin Woodman? Scarecrow? …”, she asked.
It takes a certain age to appreciate the things that leach out of the deep recesses of my mind. Thank goodness I can generally bring up the reference via YouTube on my cellphone.