“Shoo fly, don’t bother me, for I belong to somebody!” Remember this nursery song? Just like flies at the screen door, there will always be those waiting to get inside of our lives to truly annoy us. Now… no one has annoyed me lately but I did notice a few flies at the screen door. I remember being in Texas in the heat of the summer at my great-grandmother’s house many moons ago and I recall the flies that she swatted at constantly. And then there were the screen doors that I’m not sure anyone has anymore, having been replaced mostly by security doors. The screen doors seemed to ‘attract’ flies… what was it about that screen? Perhaps they could see inside, smell the good food, understand the fun and company they were missing out on. Or maybe they simply were waiting for an opportunity to annoy us. There is a reason we choose to keep them on the outside, however; and if we simply remember the reason, we won’t be tempted to allow them to come in and play. Shoo fly! Guard your doors with all diligence. What’s so annoying about that? Well, for me… lots. They annoy me by landing right on my food, which I can then no longer eat. I have to start over. They land many other places too, which are nasty and despicable and make it totally unacceptable for them to land on my plate afterward. They buzz around your ears and nose and totally mess up your concentration. And if you’re not careful, they’ll fly right into your mouth. If we compare them to some people we know, I’m afraid there won’t be much difference. They hang around the screen waiting for an opportunity to come in and mess over things. They attempt to distract us and cause us to skip eating our food (the Word). They buzz around our ears attempting to bring the latest hot gossip. They engage in questionable activities and then bring their nasty imprints to rub off on us. So so annoying. There will always be flies at the screen door. So… what can we do? Stay on guard and shut the door completely! Clean the trash around us so that no breeding ground exists for flies to linger.
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