Some people turn to their favorite author for quiet comfort. A recliner, glass of Classic Coke on the rocks and the latest work of James Patterson, Sidney Sheldon or Stephen King can make for an enjoyable afternoon or evening.
Others simply reach for the latest issue of a thought-provoking magazine piece.
I prefer the work of Kevin Reed.
Many of you know Reed, who operates Reed Promotional Media, a local advertising agency. However for me, his thoughts from the keyboard make him my favorite Facebook "author." He is such a breath air on a social medium that is too often filled with four-letter words and plights of who done who wrong.
When skimming Facebook in the evenings at home, it is normally to catch up with the latest adventures of four grandkids. But before I do that, I often go right to Reed's page and examine his latest thoughts.
There are times when he makes me smile. On other occasions, he informs or entertains me. Then are those special moments when some of his collections actually bring a tear to my eye.
Here are a few of my favorite thoughts that Reed has posted recently:
º ‘Nothing quite beats the rush of chasing a projectile vomiting dog through the house at 3:30 in the morning ... And he decides the safest place to run to is your bed."
º "It's pretty sad. My dogs are smarter, more compassionate, and better behaved than a lot of the people who pet them."
º "Hmmmmmmm ... Looked in the mirror this morning. God has a sense of humor. And ... If having acne AND an AARP card at the same time is any indication of longevity, I should live well into my 100s."
º "Life altering experience. I am now deleting ‘Ocean' from my personal grooming inventory. I will now smell only like ‘Amber' or ‘Citrus' ... This will keep my shopping trips to Bath and Body Works to less than 23 minutes. We have to learn to adapt."
º "So many people today think that ‘luck' is better than work and that they are entitled to a ‘living' by education, fate, the government or their last name. Life will teach some people a very tough lesson."
The following piece from Kevin touched me deeply, and I have read it over and over. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I have:
º "Was at the office today, hosing off the air conditioner units in the back. A man walked up the alley, and startled me as he asked for a drink of water from the hose. I had seen him earlier looking through some neighboring dumpsters. Anyway, he asked for a drink, and then asked if he could ‘rinse off' his head a little, too. He needed it, I must say.
"Soooo ... this man is now my friend, I think.
"I gave him a bottle of water from my break-room fridge, let him use the restroom to ‘freshen up' a little (including soap), and gave him an RPM T-shirt to replace the one that was currently on his back. And I happened to have a can of Bath and Body Works Citrus body spray in the building, which is now his -- and $5 to get a burger at the Butcher Block.
"Ironically, he stated that he ‘wasn't lookin' for no handouts,' that he was just between jobs. Waaaay between, I think. Anyway, he offered to ‘work' to pay me back and said he would stop by sometime ... I told him if he could just keep an eye on my building for me during his walks, I'd call it even.
"He told me he would do that, and he would let his friends know to do the same. I'm leaving the hose out for him this weekend. He said he'd appreciate it.
"Ironic. We worry about all kinds of crap, and this gentleman's world was changed for a while with a hose, water, food, T-shirt and the dignity of a bathroom.
"I think I'll quit complaining.
And I'll keep reading.