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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Grass is always greener

  • Sometimes I deeply feel sorry for my mom. I can only imagine how needy I must have been as a baby judging from how insatiable I have been through the memorable years.
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  • Sometimes I deeply feel sorry for my mom. I can only imagine how needy I must have been as a baby judging from how insatiable I have been through the memorable years.
    I don’t remember ever being content with where I am, the material things I own, or pretty much anything that surrounds my life (except for of course the company of my wife) and I don’t think that will ever change.
    As a teenager I was always the friend of the most popular guy in the group. We hung out all of the time. So much so that when someone was looking for us they would usually ask where both of us were by default. I just happened to be the second name called. It was what it was but I certainly learned what envy was.
    He seemed to always have the coolest stuff, ATV’s, video games, clothes, and girlfriends to name a few. The funny thing was that I had all of those too, but my never content nature led me to wanting his.
    I remember he had this candy apple red, 1985 Chevy long bed that was so fast. I wanted this thing or at least something close to it badly. I became obsessed.
    Today I drove past a truck that was almost identical to what my parents gave me. It was a late 1970’s model Ford pickup truck. I still remember shining the chrome wheels before hitting the town on Friday evenings.
    Back then I was too focused on getting that square bodied Chevy that I almost lost sight of what I had.
    Today I can look back and man was that truck awesome. The loud obnoxious tail pipes and the wide tires made a perfect combination mixed with the two-tone paint and the one primer gray colored door that earned me a nickname Papa Smurf my senior year.
    Too bad it takes so much time to figure out that you should appreciate what you have instead of chasing after others.
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    James Bridges is the advertising director for The Shawnee News-Star.

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