Friday, February 14, 2014
You may not realize it, but aliens are already here. For example, my florist, Shirley, is an alien woman. She claims to be Chinese and has an alien husband and an alien son.
Are you wondering how I know she's an alien? Okay, the truth is, I asked her and she told me that she is. People tend to open up to me about things that they don't tell anyone else.
One thing, I met Shirley when she had a shop right near me when we bought our first house in Alameda, about 20 years ago. Fine, in 2001, we bought the house we are in now that is about 2 miles away from our first house. What happens? Shirley opens a shop about a block away from me. She's my friend, but I think she just wants to be close to someone who knows the truth and accepts her and her family without prejudice.
You might have noticed that I always have a lot of flowers in my house. Did you think that was because I have a floral budget that rivals my food budget? Of course you did, but that's not the case. Shirley keeps me supplied with bouquets all the time at no real charge, except that I keep my mouth shut about her origins.
Shirley really has nothing to worry about. She and I have a lot in common. Surprisingly, there are frequently other aliens in her shop when I drop by to say hello. Most of them look just like everybody else.
A couple of things sort of surprise me a bit about aliens. Some are Christian and some are not religious at all. Politically, they are all over the spectrum too. I've met alien Republicans, alien "Peace and Freedom" party people, and even alien "Tea Party" people.
Maybe I'm naive but they don't worry me a bit.
The writing challenge prompt today was something about "Aliens". Go over to "We work for Cheese" to see the other entries. They may have read the prompt more closely than I did.