Say yes, and a kiss is just a kiss, unless you are facing a horse

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Column by Michel Northsea

By Michel Northsea

Some words are harder to say than others. It doesn’t matter how short the word is either. Two letter words are pretty short and to the point.

So if the word is short, to the point and there is no tricky pronunciation rule to trip up the tongue why is saying the word “no” so hard.

The word “yes” is a bigger word. Yet the word “yes” seems to come out of one’s mouth without much ado.

In fact, the word “yes” seems to fall out of the mouth when you are thinking “no.” When that happens, you find yourself on some committee or in charge of some project promoting some good cause.

Sometimes it’s not the word “yes” escaping from your lips that puts you on a do-good project.

The act of raising one’s arm can get you drafted for a project.

There are times my arm has raised right up from its socket, like a helium-filled balloon, as a special project was suggested. I look around to see who has volunteered for the project and I recognize one of the sleeves in the air as belonging to me.

This inclination of mine to say “yes” has landed me in front of groups of elementary school students talking about my career most recently. Career Day programs are always a great way for students to learn about the many possibilities out there in the world that will be theirs in a few short years. So despite my whining in this writing I enjoy talking about my job. I always hope I inspire someone to be a reporter – although, by then, the job will be much different than what it today.

Just recently the word “yes” has left me as a candidate for kissing a horse. As these types of things go, it is for a good cause.

Fundraising is critical for the Marion County Literacy Council, so they can go about doing their mission – teaching adults to read. To accommodate our growing population of diversity, the literacy council also teaches English to speakers of other causes. There are also classes for those who never graduated from high school and are trying to improve their lives by getting an equivalency diploma by passing their GED test.

Tutors volunteer to teach the classes and students pay for their books. But, there still is the salary of the two staffers, the office rent and all of the cost involving with having an office, and having the materials available for the tutors to do their job. They are everyday needs for the non-profit agency.

Help me raise funds for the cause by mailing me a check payable to the Marion County Literacy Council, to Michel Northsea, Editor; West Marion Messenger, 8810 S.W. State Road 200, Suite 104; Ocala, FL 34481.

It is all for a good cause and all because I just said “yes” once more.