Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

In this time of what seems to be mathematical chaos and trying to figure out how all this started about people wanting to know what others are doing, saying and where they are going, I say use the “Harper Valley Defense.”

In the song, Jeannie C. Riley plays the part of “Mrs. Johnson’s daughter” who brings home a letter from the Harper Valley PTA noting that Mrs. Johnson is unfit to be a mother.  The PTA was particularly concerned with Mrs. Johnson’s preference for miniskirts, running around with men, etc.

I will stop here to note that if anyone is putting children in danger, I will be the first to come to the aid of the child.

Back to the miniskirts…

What happened next in the song was really “chaos.”  Mrs. Johnson marched into the Harper Valley PTA meeting and started pointing fingers and naming names.  Oh goodness gracious did she ever start naming names.  The bottom line was what she was doing was not as bad as what some of the esteemed members of the Harper Valley PTA were doing on a much larger scale.

As the song notes, “The day my Mama socked it to the Harper Valley PTA.” 

So there are at least a couple of lessons here.  From the standpoint of mathematical chaos, the starting point was the Harper Valley PTA putting Mrs. Johnson under the magnifying glass and getting results that weren’t so straightforward.  They opened up a Mason jar of something they weren’t prepared to drink.

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