By Fred C. Klein
Back in the day there was a character (pictured) in the Little Abner comic strip who walked around with a perpetual black cloud hanging over his head. His name was Joe Btfsplk. In sum, he was bad luck and brought it on to others.
I encountered Joe at a young and impressionable age and have carried his dark image through out my life.
To say the least, I did not want to emulate or personify Joe. Thus, I always found a way to see a bright side or rationalize a result.
In a way, I suppose it’s a gift. A coping mechanism which is serving me especially well now.
For example, when Joanne would tell me something negative happened to one of our boys I would quickly say “Everything can’t always be good. The negative builds character!” Or when we were facing a difficult situation or stretch I would say “It will be an adventure!”
Now as we shelter in place, I keep telling myself there will be a new normal with so many improvements (Lemonade) engendered by our sour situation.
Help me here and fill in some positives that are aborning and to come. Perceptions/predictions are welcome!