Topic: "Foe Years Old" (4)
Bill Cosby can think, and speak, and mimic millions of children. Frodo is sure that as he has aged, Cosby becomes equally adept at the thought, speech, and behavior patterns of befuddled adults. One of his routines that comes to Frodo's mind is the story of a cherub named Jeffrey who ran amuck on an airplane. With seeming parental indifference throughout the flight, Jeffrey announced to each and every passenger, repeatedy, that his name was Jeffrey, and that he was "foe years old." Cosby won the hearts and minds of his fellow passengers when he took affirmative action and awakened the little monster who fell asleep, finally, just before the plane landed.
Noting the topic above, with the addition of the number "foe" next to it dear reader, Frodo commences this his fourth year in dialogue with those of us who share his proclivity for music, laughter, and occasional outrage. His title this evening are words penned by Pete Seeger, a man of peace, whose life's dream has been for all the world to sing along, albeit in perfect harmony. Frodo has been honored to, on two occasions, shake the hand of this true and gentle man.
Bill Cosby and Pete Seeger are fitting reference points this night. One who makes Frodo laugh, and one with whom he sings along. The comedian has been charged with racial insensitivity, and the singer with being a Communist. Frankly, Frodo enjoys the message as much as he admires the messengers. That, perhaps, best addresses the context of letting our little lights shine.
Frodo has been offered an award. It is not something he sought, nor is it something he feels is necessary. He said to one observer that if "One gives enough money, sooner or later somebody is going to give you something to put on a wall." He added, "If one expects more than that, they will only be disappointed."
Frodo Baggins picked up a sword, and carries the Ring, because it needed doing. Scholarships named for people with whom Frodo laughed and sang were the right thing to commence, and their growth is the true reward. Frodo remembers the love and affection he shared with friends long gone, and has seen actual evidence that their names offer a little light, and hope, to the darkness of adolesence.
Laughter, music, and a little progress being made. Things don't get much better.