a time, there was a story. This wasn't your typical
story but a story that was told by an old timer in
the late 1800's who loved to tell stories. This story
was his favorite story to tell and he must have told
this story 10,000 times during his 100 years of life.
It went like this.
met a mean grouchy old fellow at the train station
who appeared to be very grumpy indeed. He stroked
his beard on his chin and paced back and forth as
he looked up the track for the noon train into Laredo.
I approached him cautiously asking, "Is everything
alright? The train is always late you know. And besides,
the train is ...." and he just looked at me and
told me flat out to mind my own business. Then, he
called me a few choice names and continued pacing
back and forth scratching his beard looking aggitated
up the track. I was going to tell him that he was
looking in the wrong direction, but I didn't care
for that look he gave me so I didn't.
A few minutes
later, the train arrived at the station coming from
the opposite direction. Man, was he ever surprised.
He took a step back and I thought he was going to
pull that beard off his face.
on the train. He sat next to me and across was an
older lady about 70 or so, and a young woman of 25.
The three of us had somewhat of a nice conversation
because the grumpy old grouch didn't want to be bothered
and he also made several rude statements. The train
started to go through a tunnel and everything went
in complete darkness and total silence, until the
sound of a distinct kiss broke the silence; following
the kiss a loud slap could be heard throughout the
ensuing period of silence we sat quietly with their
lady was thinking, 'Isnt it wonderful that even
in this permissive day and age there are still young
women who have a little self-respect and dignity?'
woman, shaking her head and greatly puzzled, asked
herself, 'Why in the world would any man in his right
mind want to kiss an old fossil like that when Im
grouch, rubbing his sore face and beard, was outraged
that any woman could ever think that a man in his
position would try to sneak a kiss in the dark.
grinning from ear to ear, was thinking, 'What a crazy
and mixed up world this is when I can kiss the back
of my hand and then smack this grouch in the face
and get away with it!'
Grouchy or grumpy around other folks ain't good! You
never know when you'll find yourself in the dark and
someone is bound to get even.