I don’t know about you, but I am sick to death of some people (mainly celebrities) being described as “hot.” As if being “hot” (i.e., sexy, desirable, pretty, handsome, etc.) is the be-all and end-all of life as we know it. Because once you get past the “hot,” what have you got? Basically, you have a person blessed with good looks and good genes. Sooooooooo….exactly how does that stack up over the long haul?
For me, kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, unselfishness (and a good sense of humor) are the new “hot.” Now those are attributes that don’t age, give you wrinkles, age spots, extra pounds or thinning hair!
I have known the Crankee Yankee for most of my life, and have seen him take in and care for all types of stray or wounded animals; cats, dogs, birds, once a duck, and another time a pigeon. In fact, to this day animals come right up to him, instinctively knowing that he will not hurt them. In my book, that makes him “hot.”
My grandmother (we all called her “Ba”) was that way, too–I guess you could say that she had animal magnetism. When I was a child, I used to watch as birds would circle around her head. One misty summer morning, my grandfather called me to the window facing the back yard. There was Ba, standing still and with a doe standing behind her, resting her beautiful head on Ba’s shoulder.
When I visited, Ba and I put a few pans of scraps out for the raccoons to enjoy in the evening. We had a lot of fun watching them approach cautiously, and then look up at Ba as if to say, ‘oh, it’s you–now we can eat.’ One evening (I was not there for this), she heard something bonking around the back door and went to see what it was. The garbage can was tipped over on its side, and a small skunk had gotten into a peanut butter jar with a lick or two of peanut butter at the bottom. Sure enough, he got his head stuck and was clunking around, trying to get free.
Knowing all too well that skunks will spray even if you’re trying to help them, Ba looked it in the eye, and said, “go up to the stone wall and knock the jar against it. It will break, and you’ll be free.” Wonder of wonders, he did it, the jar broke, and he was free without a scratch–and licked up the rest of the peanut butter! I guess Ba was “hot,” too…
Whenever I need a lift, I go to the Kindness Blog. There are more stories in there that highlight everyday people who do wonderful things for others. After reading just a few stories, I see that there is still so much goodness and kindness in this world. It’s the terrible stories that make the news, but fortunately, that’s not ALL the news.
Evidently, there are a whole lot of “hot” people out there!