Friday, October 24, 2014

And finally at the end of a long day in the wild west, Miss Kitty closes her bedroom door, shuts out the world, and goes to bed at 8:30. And prays for a better day tomorrow.

So I thought to review the last few days we'd do a little role play.  Maybe a play.  Quite possibly a total re-make of the entire Gunsmoke TV series of yesteryear.  

Today playing Miss Kitty is me.  Miss Kristi.  And playing Marshal Dillon is husband.  Marshal David.   

And playing the outlaws in this episode will be my very own outlaws.  Kids 1,2, and 3 playing bad guys that tear the town of Dodge apart.  Not really any different than playing themselves on a daily basis. 

In short, here's how Gunsmoke worked in every episode.... Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the wild west where people often have trouble respecting the law.  Miss Kitty is the red haired beauty that owns the saloon, the Long Branch, pretty much the community center for Dodge.  Kinda' like the YMCA but with drinking and gambling.  And Dillon and Kitty have a life-long love thing going on.  Now technically, they don't have any children but there are always a regular cast of wanderers and bad guys that make their way into Dodge.   Much like our home.


So we join Miss Kitty, discouraged and despondent, over her current state of affairs.  There has been conflict and more conflict building for days while Matt Dillon is unavailable on a 48 hour shift at his other job.  And her recent run-in with some bad guys has left her blood pressure elevated and her mascara stressed to the point of smudging.  Because she's been dealing with the worst kind of bad guys, really,... the local kind.  The kind that live close and she can't get rid of them.  And we can't kill them out in the dusty streets of Dodge like on TV.  Because that would just be wrong.  And then it would make the news.  

So Thursday morning Kitty sends an urgent message to Marshal Dillon to come quick.  Things are out of control at the Long Branch, and she fears she can't handle it alone.  But Dillon is tired and has been protecting and serving the citizens of our fair city for 48 hours and is in no mood for unexpected trouble.  

But at Kitty's urging, he hurries over to find..... Kitty looking lovely as always in her fishnet stockings and feather head-thing. 

But also waiting is outlaw 3, who needed the strong arm of the law to set him straight.   

And taking it all in, it looks as if a struggle has recently occurred.  And while Dillon hears Miss Kitty's cries of anguish over such a rough start to her day, he notices outlaw 1 lurking.  Looking for  trouble.  

As Kitty cries, something like, for the love of all things good and holy -  just get ready for school !!!!

And on the outskirts of town, but still close enough to benefit from the misfortune of others, is outlaw 2.  Who comes to Miss Kitty with an offer that she may actually consider.  As she is completely beat down, spiritually overdrawn and helpless at this point.  Outlaw 2 offers to clean up the dust and devastation from the morning's ruckus - for the low, low price of $20.  Now if he will throw in dusting and cleaning the boys' bathroom, Miss Kitty just may have an offer she can't refuse.  

So Dillon, swooping in to save the day decides to remove the offenders from the premises.  And take them to school.  Leaving them with strict warning for no further nonsense. 

And Miss Kitty thanks Marshall Dillon for rushing to her side in time of need and then considers a swift drink or maybe a cinnamon pop tart to drown her obvious sorrow at lack of parenting and/or crowd control.  And Marshall Dillon gets back to work, leaving Kitty in charge of all things big and small closer to home.

But the town of Dodge is only quiet for a few hours till more cries of wrong doing come in.  Involving  outlaw 3.  Who has apparently ransomed his very soul at school for the opportunity to get a few laughs and disturb as many law abiding 5th grade citizens as he can in a short amount of time.  So a call of distress comes to Kitty from the teacher - and she stands, once again, devastated at her lack of control over the situation.  And she braces herself for what is to come for the rest of the episode.  

And finally at the end of a long day in the wild west, Kitty closes her bedroom door, shuts out the world, and goes to bed at 8:30.  

And prays for a better day tomorrow.  And for a renewed sense of hope and purpose that she feels has been lost to the events of the day.  And then with all the strength she can muster, says thank you to a God of hope who has trusted her with not only the day to day affairs of so many, but for the young lives that are in her care.  And then she asks for strength for a new day and eyes to see the good in the boys she loves so much - outlaws though they may be at times. 

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