Growing up we did not have a TV in our home. My father was just too cheap to spend the money for something as frivolous as TV, so he bought comic books to read. “Books,” he often said to us, “are better than watching some silly TV program.” They were also cheaper.
Then one day something happened that changed everything. On Nov. 22, 1963, the president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was assassinated. The next day my father went out and bought our first TV set.
Then everything changed in our home.
My siblings and I were introduced to a phenomenon called cartoons. It took us a long time to realize those cartoon characters were just that and not real people. To us, they were as real as real got.
When we got home from school, my siblings and I headed for the TV set and were mesmerized by these cartoons. We loved them all.
I say we loved them all but there was one exception. That one exception was Porky Pig. We hated to see Porky Pig on the TV because he always said, “That’s all, folks!” And that was the end of the cartoons.
That was when I was young, but as I got older I began to see that Porky Pig could serve a situation right well.
For example, when I was in school and the teacher went on and on and I was getting so bored that I would have liked to have brought Porky Pig into the classroom to say, “That’s all, folks!”
Not that the teachers were boring, mind you. Just that what they were saying was boring. Nothing is more boring than when somebody is talking about something you have no interest in whatsoever. That is when we need, “That’s all, folks!”
Don’t let this get around or I will deny it, but as a teenager sitting in church I often wished that Porky Pig would walk down the aisle while our pastor was preaching and say, “That’s all, folks!” (I wonder how many people think that while I’m preaching?)
I imagine, I just am not going to ask, but at the dinner table there are times when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage would like to bring Porky Pig into the dining room to say to me, “That’s all, folks!”
Lately, I have been thinking of Porky Pig and what he could do today.
Porky Pig could come in handy, particularly concerning politics. Here is exactly where Porky Pig could come in for the rescue.
Just as they begin some political program, Porky Pig comes on the set and says, “That’s all, folks.
There should be a rule somewhere that says that anybody running for any kind of political office needs to hire Porky Pig in order to know when enough is enough. If anybody is interested, I’m willing to hire myself out to be someone’s Porky Pig, I can say “That’s all, folks” in a variety of sarcastic tones.
Everything should have an end in sight somewhere. I like what the apostle Peter said. “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” (1 Peter 4:7).
Could someone in the political arena, please stand up and say “That’s all, folks!”
Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-352-687-4240 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is www.jamessnyderministries.com. The church website is www.whatafellowship.com.
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