Stand back! Exploding pre-conceived notions ahead!


Some of my personal pre-conceived notions are — only Democrats are senators from Massachusetts (and usually their last name is Kennedy!) — Amish people don’t “exercise” because they do hard physical labor in their every-day lives — people who get tattoos enjoy being able to look in a mirror and admire how their tattoos enhance their “look”. 

That sound you may have heard Wednesday was of some of my pre-conceived notions exploding!  When I got up that morning — a Republican had been elected a senator in Massachusetts for the first time in over 30 years — when we went to the gym, there were three overweight Amishmen in their full “uniform” (blue shirt, black pants, suspenders, black workboots and bowl-cut hair) working out — and also at the gym, there was a young man whose only visible tattoos were a star above each elbow on the back of his arms.

Check.  Check.  Check.  Three pre-conceived notions bite the dust.

Interesting, unexpected things happen all around us every day, some that contradict our pre-conceived notions. 

If everything was predictable, just think how boring life would be.

Note:  Regarding the exercising Amishmen, one was older than the other two, so I’m guessing he may have had health problems and his Dr. prescribed exercise (our gym is associated with a hospital), so the two younger men went with him for moral support.  It will be interesting to see if they come back.  I’m guessing it was uncomfortable for them, but I hope they do if I’m right about why they were there.

11 Responses to Stand back! Exploding pre-conceived notions ahead!

  1. Dina says:

    I was very excited about the Massachusetts results. I think it’s a hopeful sign that Americans are starting to be fed up with government being something that is done to them, rather than something we are truly involved in. I’m so tired of being asked to blindly trust our government, because they know what is best for us. I think our Founding Fathers would be very sad at what’s happened in our country, not just in the past year, but in the previous few as well.

  2. Sandra says:

    Dina — I totally agree.

  3. Suldog says:

    Fascinating about the Amish folk. What’s the general state of dress (undress) in your gym? Surely they must have seen things they don’t generally see (or, perhaps, want to see????)

  4. Sandra says:

    Suldog — Wellll, they certainly weren’t looking around or making eye contact with anyone. But my experience has been that that isn’t unusual in Amish anyway. And there wouldn’t be too much for them to see at our gym even if they were looking, unless they would be embarrassed by some knobby old peoples’ legs! I am 63 and among the regulars I am one of the “youngsters”. No mirrors and seldom any spandex. It’s mostly people over 50 in t-shirts and sweatpants or long, baggy shorts. Frankly, if I were a Dr. sending an Amishman to a gym, OURS is the one I would pick!

  5. Tim King says:

    Actually, I always though tattoos were for others to look at… so then why should anyone get a tattoo on their backside? Hmm…

    Love your stories, Sandra.


  6. Sandra says:

    Hmmm. Good point, Tim. 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Chrissy Witt says:

    so crazy! I love it! Expect the unexpected, to easy to say! Love the jaw-dropping stuff that makes you say “really?”!!

  8. Chrissy Witt says:

    As far as tattoos go, it really depends on the person. Some people like others to notice and some never want others to see’em.

  9. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — This talk about tattoos reminds me of a movie I really enjoyed a few years ago that I think was called The Guardian. It starred Austin Kutcher and Kevin Costner and was about the Coast Guard. Several guys in their group had been competitive swimmers and one had a “2” tattooed on the back of his shoulder. He said he did it so that a person he was competing against knew what spot they were in in the race! I thought that was really cute.

  10. Mrs4444 says:

    What a great post! I love it. And yeah, that Republican in Mass-Wow. The people have spoken loudly on this one!

  11. Sandra says:

    Mrs4444 — I agree!

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