The old farmer stopped breaking beans and leaned back in his chair. Pushing back his free chemical company cap to the back of his head and while slinging a misformed bean out into the yard he said, "Boy, (and yes, I'm turning 60, but he still calls me Boy) there are some places that a man can get confused in and that big old store is one place that this farmer finds a little bit confusing. I went looking for tractor grease and ended up in their camera and compact disc section. I was as lost as last year's Easter egg in tall grass."
By now Aunt Sadie was starting to cry from holding too much laugher inside. "Tell him who you got to help you, Sid," Aunt Sadie said.
"I asked some kid with his ball cap on sideways where I might find tractor grease and he said he never heard of such a thing," Uncle Sid said as he went on with his story. "He then pulled out his telephone from his pants, that had slipped down a little too much as far as I'm concerned, and started doing that "text'n" stuff with his thumbs. After just a few seconds he told me that grease was on aisle 12 and maybe I should call my sitter to take me over there."
Aunt Sadie was now in full laugh mode and I was trying to hold my composure as well. Uncle Sid was not seeing all the humor in his adventure but went on to explain his response. "I told him maybe he needed to turn his hat around straight because it didn't look like to me his head was on crooked and while he was at it, pull his britches up as well. I thanked him for his help and told him I didn't have a sitter but I still respect my elders," he went on to say.
Uncle Sid then picked up some more beans and got back to work, but stopped long enough to say, "There is just too much communication these days. Kids don't talk, but instead do this "text'n." They spend all their time "gogglin" for answers. If they don't learn how to talk to folks, in a few generations, everybody will be mute and have overgrown thumbs."
You know, Uncle Sid may just have something here. The art of conversation with the family is becoming a thing of the past. Maybe it is time to put away the cell phone for a while and just talk over a session of green bean breaking. It would sure beat "gogglin."