when i was growing up, one of my best friends, richey (a.k.a. "baby dumpling"), always had a booger hanging out his nose.
at the time, it was the source of easy ridicule and mockery, as only young male friends can engage in.
but now i think of it differently.
in retrospect, the "dumpling" was trying to make a statement.
he was trying to warn us that's how life is for some.
you see, the truth is there is always a booger flapping around the nostrils of life.
sometimes defiantly dry-crusted to the skin.
other times moist-gooped and ready to eject without warning.
always mucking up the little self-confidence one might occasionally indulge in.
and although a good sneeze might dislodge them from time to time, others are soon to take their place.
it is the human condition, at least mine anyway.
yup, life is a bowl full of boogers.
and if you don't think so, just ask any kid.
he or she will be sure to cackle like a hyena to the punch-line of a wildebeest joke at the mere suggestion that life could be anything else but.
my apologies richey for i was cruel and of ill will, when thoughtful introspection is clearly what was called for.