The Time Has Come To Talk Of Many Things – Cabbages and Kings

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
― Martin Luther

There was a point in my marriage when I pondered the   philosophical question: If you don’t want to do something, does that mean I can’t? That is until one day it occurred to me to write down what these somethings were that I thought I couldn’t do. It turned out that most of the list didn’t require Bob in any way, like wanting to be more intentional about my writing.  

I tell you this story because here in Rocky Mount there is a certain amount of, “does this mean we can’t,” going on. We have let the bad guys consume our energy and ire. We have become the animals in the zoo looking out at self-serving councilmen, mismanagement, job turn over in city government, a Human Relations Committee that is like a bad joke, of name-calling, the outcry of racism when certain people are put under a spotlight, asked questions or criticized. We wind up with an attitude that things will never change, there is no point voting, etc. But things are changing in spite of these bad actors. Voting gets rid of self-serving councilman one by one. Do they make things difficult, of course, but the revitalization of Rocky Mount continues as more people are moving here, great companies are bringing jobs and energy. These wonderful investors and new business start-ups are our somethings that have a will of their own, persisting, believing, and are the future of Rocky Mount in our midst now. The question: If you don’t want to, does that mean I can’t, can mean in our personal lives now and then,  no we can’t. In the case of Rocky Mount, in spite of any obstacles, we are moving forward and the answer is we can, and we will. Attitude, attitude, attidude, it does make a difference,

Join me on my Main Street bench.                                 The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’                                             (Lewis Carroll)

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About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to The Time Has Come To Talk Of Many Things – Cabbages and Kings

  1. MILDRED Newson says:

    I thank you so much for this post. I purchased a home in Rocky Mount two years ago. We have been steadily rehabbing the house. I love the city feel and we are less than a ten minute walk from downtown. People in the nearby towns called us crazy. I heard God ask, “Can these dry bones live?” My answer was, “Yes, Yes they can! With you Lord anything is possible.”

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  2. Rod says:

    “Owl,” said Rabbit shortly, “You and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest—and when I say thinking, I mean thinking—you and I must do it.” —The House at Pooh Corner

    It seems Rocky Mount voters must elect Owls and Rabbits to get things done!

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