Satisfaction

Satisfaction

From Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul

Satisfaction

And your hearts are not satisfied. And ye obey not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.

D&C 56:15

As a rule, man’s a fool.

When it’s hot, he wants it cool.

When it’s cool, he wants it hot.

Always wanting what it’s not.

Never wanting what he’s got.

I need a computer. I can’t keep up in school without a computer. Everybody’s got a computer except me. If my parents would get me a computer, I’d never ask for another thing.

A cell phone. All my friends have cell phones. But they don’t call me because I don’t have a cell phone. I’d be happy if my parents would get me a cell phone.

A bike. I need a bike. Then I could come and go as I please. If I had a bike, I’d never ask for another thing.

This bike stuff is for babies. I need a car. How am I supposed to get from school to work without a car? I’d be happy if I had a car.

A girlfriend. What good’s a car without a girlfriend?

A job. I can’t afford a girlfriend without a job. It costs a fortune to date. If I could just find a job, I’d never ask for another thing.

Some time off. Between school, work and a girlfriend, I barely have time to sleep. A day off would make me happy.

College. I’m never going to make any money in this dead-end job. I need a degree, a skill, a profession. If I could go to college, I’d never ask for another thing.

Am I ever going to graduate?

A job. I’ve interviewed with every major company. If someone would just give me a chance. . . .

Work, work, work. That’s all I ever do. I need to get a life. Find the right girl. Settle down. Then I’d be happy.

A baby. All we want is a baby, and we’d never ask for another thing.

Is the baby ever going to sleep through the night?

Is the baby ever going to walk?

Talk?

We’re expecting another baby?!

Money. I need to make more money. I’m up for that promotion. That’d make me happy.

A house. With a yard for the kids. I’d never ask for another thing if we could just get into a house.

A new car. I’ve been driving this heap since high school. A new car would make me happy.

Did you see the neighbor’s new boat? Boy, I wish we had a boat. Think of the fun we’d have. I promise, a boat and I’ll never ask for anything else.

Jet Skis.

Motorcycles.

Snowmobiles.

I’d be happy if we could just get out of debt.

Kids, kids, kids! That’s all I ever do. If they were just a little older, a little more independent, a little more helpful. . . .

Teenagers! Who do they think they are? Never lifting a finger. Always taking off. I miss the good old days when they were all babies.

When are the kids coming home? Do they think college is a permanent vacation from parents? Call and tell ’em we want to see ’em this weekend. What do you mean, they’re busy? I wasn’t too busy to raise them! Once a month is all I ask.

Married? You’re just a baby!

What do you mean, “Gramps”? I’m too young to become a grandfather. A boy? Oh, to hold my own son again.

When are the grandkids coming again? I know they were just here! When are they coming again?

When are the grandkids going home? I’m too old for all this fuss and bother.

We haven’t seen the grandkids in ages. I know they’re grown and gone, but we’re their grandparents.

I’m so tired all the time. A boost of energy is what I need.

I ache all over. I’d be happy if this pain would just go away.

The heat.

The cold.

I’m so lonely. I never get out anymore. Nobody ever visits. . . .

Who are all these people? Don’t they know I need my rest?

Oh, to live again.

Ah, to finally die.

As a rule, man’s a fool.

When it’s hot, he wants it cool.

When it’s cool, he wants it hot.

Always wanting what it’s not.

Never wanting what he’s got.

Peg Fugal

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