BARTERING – THE COUNTRY WAY – Marilyn Armstrong

Bartering may be “old style” in the U.S., but I think that’s just in cities. Because in the country, a lot of bartering still goes on. The countryside … where the cows outnumber people and only the horses look fat and happy.

July - Farm Stand

“I’ll write your brochure if you’ll frame a couple of pictures.” Done!

“I’ll clean your kennel if you’ll groom my Scottie.” Done!

But then there are the old-fashioned people. “I’ll plow your driveway because you are a member of our church, even though you never show up. How about I dig you out — and you come to church this Sunday?” A bargain is a bargain. He didn’t require we come every Sunday, right?

The steeple of the now-abandoned UU church in Uxbridge. Built in the mid-1800s, it’s getting pretty shabby. Might be earlier, but I’m not sure.

“Sweetie, I’ll buy your prom dress and all the trimmings. All I want from you are a couple of hours to take some nice pictures of you all dressed up and ready to go.” Done and done! Until she decides to not go to the prom at all (long story).

“God? Hello up there? If you make my cancer go away, I’ll attend church every week. Forever!” Unfortunately, God didn’t say anything. Fortunately, cancer was remitted by surgery.

When you negotiate with The Big Guy Up There, you’ve got to hope he’s listening. Faith is the coin of exchange. You believe, he delivers. Or not.

Personally, I think one, loud, direct, incontrovertible Word from The Big Guy would go a long way to turning this nasty old world of ours into a better place, especially if accompanied by a major smiting. The “blind faith” thing is getting a bit old.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

9 thoughts on “BARTERING – THE COUNTRY WAY – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Just think Marilyn, if the Big Guy actually did come out and answer us, in all certainty, what would happen to the mystery of life? I think he’s toying with us.
    Leslie

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  2. Ah, but blind faith is what we’re told will make us ‘stronger’. And learning to do ourselves what we can without His help. If He spoke tomorrow, what do you suppose he’d say to us? And honestly, even if there were a booming voice from the sky shouting “GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER. NOT HARD, JUST DO IT! ABOLISH WARS AND STUPIDITY!!” how many do you think would believe it was real? Or would they shape and color it into something they wanted to hear, rather than what was said? Me? I’m of the opinion that life is a school and we’re here to learn tough lessons to improve our souls. Not earning our way to ‘heaven’, but improving our own quality.

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