Don’t ask, don’t wait…
"Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing" Paul Theroux
My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. “Why don’t you have a straight job like everyone else?” they asked me the other day.
I told them this story:
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, “Look at me…I’m tall, and I’m straight, and I’m handsome. Look at you…you’re all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you.” And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, “Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest.” So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.
Tom Waits is not only an amazing story teller but also one of the few people that make me think the human spirit is worth fighting for. His creativity, imagination and craziness are one of a kind.
Please adopt me, Tom!
Jenny Lewis singing the title track from her last album “The Voyager” at WFUV.