I wanna be a Pollyanna!’ Ya know, nice should be the norm

You know, people never cease to amaze me. And I don’t always mean in a good way.

Yesterday, I had two people who don’t even know me, try to cheat me, all before noon.

The first person is basically too insignificant to mention. This person doesn’t know me or have a clue and doesn’t appear in a big hurry to get one.

But the second was a rental place that I drove 30 miles out of town to do business with and realized half way through the conversation that they were trying to defraud me in the process.

Thankfully, Still Bill was with me and he is more “street savvy” and caught on and stopped it from happening.

It’s absolutely amazing how quickly the defrauding stops when dealing with someone who’s 6-foot, 5-inches tall!

Man! Since when do you automatically have to think that people are going to try to do you harm the minute you meet them? Is this the way the world works now?

Remember Knots Landing? It was the second longest running drama (after Gunsmoke) and ran from 1979 to 1993 on CBS. I loved it.

For my last birthday, Still Bill and my girls gave me the first three seasons on DVD.

My old bunko group used to meet on Thursdays so we could watch the show while “playing” Bunko. But usually, it was just too exciting!

Remember Karen’s famous “Pollyanna” speech?

Karen: “I wanna be a Pollyanna. I don’t wanna look at the world through rose colored glasses, I want the world to be rose colored. I want people to be nice. People should be nice. Nice should be the norm.

“I hate it that I can’t trust anyone. I hate it that I can’t put my daughter on the front lawn by herself! I hate it that I have to lock my car, and that I have to worry about an alarm system in my house, and I can’t send cash in the mail! That’s not the way it’s supposed to be, Gary! I liked being a Pollyanna, I want to be a Pollyanna!”

Amen, Sister!

But then...a ray of sunshine. I was buying a Diet Mountain Dew and a bag of Pork Rinds for my nutritious breakfast at Dutch’s by Poor Boy’s BBQ.

I dug into my pocket and found that I didn’t have enough money. The total was $2.68 and I only had $2.

The sweet clerk, who I didn’t know and she didn’t know me, said “Don’t worry about it, I’ll get the 68¢.”

I promised her that I would pay it forward. That act of kindness reminded me that there are a whole lot more nice people in Milam County than the few nasty ones.

Yes, people never cease to amaze me. And I do mean in a good way.


I am going to be a first time Grand-Ma’ Ma’ (like Endora) in about two weeks and I can’t wait.

Becky Marek recently cooked up a big pot of Chicken Enchilada Soup for us expectant “Grand-parents-to-be” and I wanted to share her recipe.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Makes 8 generous servings 2-3 cups cooked chicken 1/2 cup diced onion 1 clove garlic, minced 1 qt. chicken broth 1 cup masa harina 3 cups water, divided 1 can red enchilada sauce 1 can green enchilada sauce 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 small size Velveeta 1 tsp. salt 2 tbsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Cook onion and garlic in oil until onions are translucent. Pour in chicken broth.

In a bowl, whisk together masa harina and 2 cups water until well blended. Pour into pot with remaining water, enchilada sauces, cheddar, salt, chili powder and cumin. Bring to boil.

Shred cooked chicken and add to pot. Reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes, until thickened. Add velveeta.

Garnish with extra cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, minced cilantro or whatever sounds good to you.

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