I Asked Shel Silverstein About the Meaning of Life . . .
*Knock* *Knock* *Knock*
(Door swings open)
Hey, Shel. Sorry to bother you. I know you’re brooding right now, but I was hoping you could answer a question for me.
Shel? If you come on the deck and listen to my question, I promise I won’t make you sit in a chair. Manspread to you heart’s delight! What do you say?
Thanks, Shel. Okay, the question is pretty deep, but I know you are a deep thinker.
What? Oh, you’re going to pretend like you aren’t? Don’t pull this false modesty stuff on me. I’ve read The Missing Piece.
So here’s my question . . . what is the meaning of life?
What?! Shel! I’m serious. I thought you might know. Do you know?
Silent treatment, eh? How about I shout out a few possibilities and you put on a ridiculous fur coat if I’m right?
Creativity? That’s it?
Look at me in a way that makes me feel special if that’s it.
Huh. I would have guessed “love”. You sure it isn’t that?
Okay, I get the message. Thank you, Shel.
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