Another new year is upon us. Many will look back at the past year and try to glean lessons and bits of wisdom. You will see several top-ten lists of the best/worst/funniest/most meaningful/scariest/and whatever-est. But what you won’t see is a list of what you hope to happen next year.
I am doing exactly that. I am jumping a head to the end of 2020 then recapping what took place as if a done deal! Why might you say? Because this is my blog and I can do anything I want. Not really, the true reason is hope. This is my list what I hope to happen next year.
1- Trump is out-of-there: I can finally wake up from this bad dream acting like a pool of mud and slush around any person with a half of a brain. The guy is not only a racist bigot, he is stupid and far from what the president should be. I adore our country, and in a way, Trump making it to office confirms you can reach the stars in America, but dude, really?
2- Mike Pence trips on a banana peel and cannot be president. I don’t want to wish anyone ill will, but let’s just say the fall jiggles the contents of his brain a bit too far South, resulting in this coming out of his mouth: ‘Yummy banana’.
3- Nancy Pelosi assumes the presidency and then order, dignity, and all things which make sense are back. We have someone in office who respects people and treats them with dignity, something foreign to the doofus we have now.
4- Democrats keep the House and win the Senate after Mitch McConnel slips on a banana peel and the first words of his mouth are: ‘OOOOOH, yummy banana’. Also, several GOP senators slip on banana peels and say things like: ‘More banana’, and, ‘I like banana’, and, ‘What is this yummy yellow thing?’
5- The Syrian war is officially over: The conflict in my homeland has been gruesome with millions and refugees and hundreds of thousands dead and gone. Many cities and villages were erased off the map. But now, the war is replaced with lasting peace. Oh yeah, since we are dreaming, let’s add freedom and no corruption to the list.
6- Israel and Palestine reach a peace agreement and live happily ever after. They should, with that land big enough for both. Both thrive and end up as two separate and friendly states producing some of the world’s yummiest bananas.
7- All wars and conflicts on this planet are replaced by love and peace, and by bits of hippie ideals like smoking pot and singing in muddy fields. Some people run the country while carrying briefcases filled with papers and stuff, along with a little pack of marijuana for an after work session of love songs on muddy fields.
8- The different colors and races and religions all over the world decide their differences are what make this world the rich tapestry it is, and not a reason for hate and prejudice.
A local must:
9- Birmingham is touted as the best food-city in the country. We deserve the honor. There will always be New Orleans, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others. But have you eaten out in Birmingham recently? You can get food from everywhere on the planet.
And the last item of our list of hopes for next year is:
10- Bananas become their own food group, the one that set our country on the path of logic, love, tolerance, understanding, respect, love, and logic.
There you have it. I don’t think any of those hopes are far from reality. I will check in at the end of 2020 and see if any come true. Right now and for an odd reason, I am craving a banana.