Kickass therapy in the north


Kickass, the doorstop dog, reports that the keeper is finally back from one of his therapeutic forays to the north where he wandered old trails and haunts searching for the boy who once followed him, and still does when he goes to such places.   But that boy’s image has shrunk to the size of a Lilliputian and the faint sounds of his voice have taken on a taunting quality.

So everyone has a little boy or girl lurking back there like that.  Keeping in mind the advice of Satchel Paige: “Don’t look back because something might be gaining on you,” the keeper wonders if the Lilliputian boy may be carrying a rope to tie him to the ground ala Johnathan Swift’s Gulliver.

Better not to know about that, so Kickass advises everyone—especially the keeper, to use caution with therapeutic forays to old haunts.


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  1. Ol’ Satch had a good idea when he spoke of not looking back. I don’t disagree with him entirely, but I do take exception to the general idea that someone might be gaining on me. I say let them gain. If that is their purpose in life, gaining on other people, let them go ahead and pass me, as long as they give me a honk to let me know if they’re in my blindspot…. And as far as those occasional forays, I say more power to you if you can find the time and the energy to make them. I believe it is good for the soul to look back on those events when good friends and good times helped make us the people we are today, such as those I encountered at the little A-frame in the woods near Westfield, which are among my most precious memories.