A child of the Depression, Ben’s favorite go-to, one-size-fits-all pronouncement for any of life’s hiccups was, “That’s the way it goes: first your money, then your clothes.”
A modest man, Ben worked hard, saved his money, married a good woman, and led a satisfying, decent, law-abiding life. Healthy and fit for the most part, his only weakness was sweets. Oh sure, there was that little matter of Type 2 Diabetes. But a little cheating couldn’t hurt, he convinced himself.
So, when his physician pronounced, in exasperation, “First your foot, then your leg…” Ben’s response? “That’s not the way it goes, Doc.”