Steve Eighinger

Those Facebook posts can be life lessons, too

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 17, 2020 12:01 am

The deeper I get into the monthly exercise of highlighting the top posts I find on Facebook, the more I realize there could be more to these musings and thoughts than mere humor.

There could be actual life lessons to be found.

What is one man's joke can easily become another's advice or long-sought answer. I think you'll agree after examining some of my favorite findings from the past 30 days of Facebook plundering:

"My wife just opened my car door for me. Would have been a nice gesture if we had not been going 70 mph."

My thought: Ever since I read that, I find myself a bit more cautious when I'm on the highway with the Little Woman.

"Husband: Why do you keep buying plants when you just end up killing them?

"Wife: Just to remind you what I am capable of."

My thought: Never ever challenge — or even ask — a woman about a purchase when it involves either clothing or something that is supposed to grow.

"Do you ever listen to someone and think, ‘You have the IQ of a crayon."

My thought: Yep, just about every evening when I watch the nightly news and brace myself for the latest political campaign updates.

"Every family has one weird relative. If you don't know who it is, then it's probably you."

My thought: I don't think my family has a weird relative ... oh, wait a minute.

"Telling your spouse where you are, who you are with and what time you are coming home is not being controlled. It is showing respect."

My thought: Yeah, I normally include mostly humorous comments from Facebook, but there are times when some of the more serious notes seem appropriate, too. This is one of those, and it offers some sound advice. Just because it was on Facebook doesn't mean it can't carry some weight.

"I'm so old that I have dialed a rotary phone, listened to music off an 8-track tape, watched a black and white TV with foil on the rabbit-ear antennas, and went through a whole day without taking a picture of myself."

My thought: Check, check, check and check.

"Do you ever meet someone for the first time and want to buy them a toaster for their bathtub?"

My thought: As a matter of fact, just the other day I did.

"Sorry I didn't consider your sensitivities. I thought you were an adult."

My thought: OK, I admit it. This thought passes through my brain at least a dozen times a day when I am perusing Facebook.

"I'm not fat, but I'm not thin either. I'm at the stage when you can tell I like eating chocolate cake."

My thought: I would guess I have been at "that stage" now for about 20 years.

"Life is short. If you can't laugh at yourself, call me. I will."

My thought: And I will gladly do it!