Let it snow, let it snow… GET ME OUTTA HERE!

Yes, it snowed last night.  Nothing stuck, flurries only.  But it was a taste of what’s about to hit the area for real.

So today becomes the day to remove all the crud from the yard.  All the leftover shingle and tarpaper bits, the wrappers the wind blew in and the lawn furniture.  It’s time to mulch up the remaining leaves with the lawnmower and spread them over the flower beds in anticiption of spring.

Then, and only then, it is time to grab my blankie, suck my thumb, and sob in a corner of the bedroom with the lights out knowing that spring is 5 months away.  If we’re lucky.

Before anyone get’s too worked up, the next post is not about me.

I’ve been thinking about suicide a lot lately.  Seems that ghosts of the past, present, and  future have all conspired to gain my attention.

To those of you reading this (all three of you!) I’d like to beg you to spend some time thinking about this issue as well. 

If you are suicidal, quit reading my nonsense and pick up the phone to a suicide hot-line.    1-800-273-8255.  You are precious and irreplaceable and … well, suicide truly has never made anything better for anyone.

For those of you who know someone who has been acting out of sorts lately, depressed, distant, dark and moody, etc., find out why.  You might really annoy them by asking, but if they kill themselves you will never have the chance to ask or annoy them again.  Is your dignity worth more than their life?

You are probably wondering why this is on my mind?  Too many people I know have taken their own lives.  Too many people I know are in the process of taking their lives and I’m not yet aware of their plight. I wish I was.  I’d drop to my knees and start praying for each of them right now. I’d beg them to get help.

Suicide is preventable.  It is only a fatal issue if nothing is done to prevent it. 

So, pay attention to those around you and make sure that the troubled ones get some help.  Sometimes just your asking how they are and probing a bit can bring the darkness to the surface and allow you to help the person.  Knock on their door and drag them out to breakfast.  Make them  be a part of life before death claims them.

If you are in need of help, get it right now.  My friends know they can call me for that help.  You  have a friend that will do that for you.  Call 1-800-273-8255 and talk to someone today.

And, for those whom we’ve lost to suicide, our memories are tinged and darkened.  We all wish we’d known so that we could have helped.  But since there are  no time machines available, go and help those in need today.

Posts are lacking due to influenza.

Last week I got my annual flu shot so that I can be around immune compromised kids while wearing the red suit.

And, as used to happen with some regular frequency, I got the flu.  Moreover, I reverted to the form of a grumpy black bear with a bad attitude and hibernated.

Much improved, I have returned to work to inflict my charming self on my coworkers.

I apologize in adavance.