AUGUST! Highlights the Merriment of the Moment, although We Rhinos admit, so do September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, and July.
Rhinos bring our own Party, Wherever and Whenever, Right? Why wait around for Somebody Else to get things rolling?
Almost every Rhino Decision, be it simple or complex, requires some internal tweaking, some negotiation on intentions and limitations. These alterations are accomplished by a rough-and-tumble committee: Aggression, Regression, and Digression, the temperamental offspring of Progression.
Most conclusions involve contributions from each camp, softening or hyping or toning along the way. It’s not a pretty business, but somebody’s got to do it. Some decisions take an instant, others take years.
When nothing seems to be moving in any direction at all, We call it a Depression. And then We lurch into another Internal Wrangle.
(Rhinos try to avoid name-calling, though sometimes that is half the fun!)
Mornings are a favorite time of day for Rhinos. Whatever is about to happen, it’s on its way. We’re all set to get on with the Program. Rhinos Refreshed.
Part of our preparation relies on ignoring whatever Yesterday was about, most of which was Extraneous and Predictable and Beside the Point. Today’s uses for Yesterday are not entirely Irrelevant, just sort of Deja Views.
Rhinos hone in on the what’s Happening now, which is about all We can handle. After breakfast.
Mr. Lewis Carroll wrote two biographic accounts about Alice, one an Adventure in Wonderland and the other Through the Looking Glass. Rhinos find the first book compelling, but are puzzled why Alice went back for more. A glutton for punishment?
Our point today is that Alice clearly had plenty of Inner Rhino; in both biographies, she gets fed up with being jerked around. She stands up and says, in effect, “Knock it off, you Maniacs”.
We like these refusals to be bullied. Very Rhino, say We.
We Rhinos must face the fact that our ideas of what should happen are often thwarted. Apparently, no matter how brilliant our concepts, Nature takes no notice whatever.
While longterm Rhino experience may suggest the futility of getting too worked up, We still must cope with our own Frustrations.
No Critter likes Disappointment. Ask Anybody.
Though We Rhinos live in the Wild, the normal state of a usual day is not noticeably Wild at all.
Our regular days combine a light-handed Chaos with a subtle Order, an awareness that We are probably all right.
And, if We opted to have a fuss, where would Rhinos aim it? Situations are mostly deaf, at least the ones We encounter.
One might well ask, Are Rhinos Stubborn and Moody? In all candor, the answer would have to be a qualified, You bet. What critter on earth is entirely a Sweetie Pie?
Are Rhinos more or less excitable than our fellow Critters? No. We’re not. We have our good, and our not-quite-so-good days.
We feel better, having confessed to these Limitations. Please be patient with Us.
We Rhinos are Party Animals, whether anybody’s having a Party or not. Irrepressible, to a fault.
This is what comes of living in the Wild, We are happy to report.
Upbringing has many results, but one of them is all the Rules, Shoulds, and Musts with which We are peppered from the get-go. Many of these Restraints are to keep Us from going Haywire.
Clearly, Rhinos are capable of Big Passions, or the Rules would be unneeded. And Passions are aroused with fearsome speed; Blink and We are in a Titanic Temper.
Thus We Rhinos must deal with Internal Confrontations; the urges to respond Naturally as Vigorous Critters, or to recall our Control Systems. We get all snarled up inside. Frankly, it doesn’t seem quite fair.
Today (6/21) is the last of the first days of Summer this year. Rhinos are informed there are three first days; We don’t count any higher than that, and mutter, very softly, “Congratulations.”
Enjoy it, Summer that is. We plan to.