Lamppost logic

A man encircles a lamppost over and over as a police woman approaches.

“Sir, can I be of any assistance?”

He explains that he lost his wallet, and they both search for some time.

Finally, she asks, “Where did you last see it?”

“In that dark alley.”

“Why are you looking over here?”

“The light’s much better.”

***

People are like that—looking in the wrong place for something. Insisting they can find the wallet they lost in an alley by looking near the lamppost.

I’m like that sometimes — looking for validation and comfort from the wrong people.

I wonder if you do this, too?

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Sabbath.   It’s late summer, Friday night dinner. Annie is at a birthday party. Just Jane, our 12-year old boy, and me. We sit on the patio in our backyard. Candles, a wine glass, and a challah I made. Jane made meatloaf.  Emmett and I look at each other knowing...

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