Immortality – There for the taking – So I thought
I remember it clearly. It was a hot, sunny, summer day. My Mom was hanging clothes outside on the clothes line. I was standing in the doorway, talking crazy stuff to her as children often do.
I don’t know what led to our conversation. Something having to do with eating collard greens came up. My Mom said to me, “You won’t grow up to be big and strong unless you eat your collard greens.”
I tried to reply as best I could by saying, “So, to grow up, I have to eat my collard greens?”
Mom said, “Yes, you have to eat healthy stuff like collard greens to grow up!”
Even more confused, I asked, “So if I stop eating collard greens, I won’t grow up?”
“That’s right!”, Mom said.
All I could think to say was “So if I stop eating collard greens, I won’t get old and die, and I’ll live forever?”
It took Mom almost a week to convince me to eat anything. That’s when I knew I just thought I’d discovered the secret to immortality.