By Charles Towne   

One day teacher asked Dootsie Bobo (not his real name) what he wanted to be when he grew up.

Instead of one of the stock answers such as a policeman, or a fireman, doctor, or the president, without a moment’s hesitation Dootsie Bobo answered, “Well teacher, I done puzzled on it some an’ I decided I want to be the village idjit!”

Now as you can imagine the teacher was somewhat taken aback by this answer, so her next question was, “Dootsie Bobo, why in the world do you want to be the village idiot?”

Dootsie Bobo had obviously given the subject some study as his answer revealed.

“Well teacher, of all people, what with you being at the university and all you should be able to figure that out, even an idjit knows that being the village idjit is an easy job, and if you are the village idjit nobody expects much of you!”

Now I told you that little story so that you will know that not everyone has high aspirations.

Dootsie Bobo

I know better than to ask you such a ridiculous question as, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  But really, are you working toward an ideal that is going to please Papa God?

Are you content with where you are today, spiritually, morally, intellectually?

How many of us are just drifting through life with no definite goals?

Have you had dreams that you have allowed to slip by unfulfilled?

I don’t believe it is ever too late to realize your dreams, to re-create yourself.

I challenge you to grab life by the mane, drag yourself into the saddle, and ride baby ride, because it doesn’t bring you, or Papa God, any credit just stumbling through life like a lobotomized lab rat.

Challenge yourself!  Set a goal that is difficult, if not seemingly impossible!  Who knows what you might accomplish.

Here it is, almost a new year.  I began working on my new year’s commitment to myself about four months ago by going back to the gym.

You notice I didn’t use that ratty, dog-eared, mildewed, new years resolution thing.  I said commitment!  And boy, am I feeling good

(There are several excellent gyms in the area but I joined Anytime Fitness in The Wekiva Riverwalk shopping plaza next to Garibaldi’s Restaurant.  Stop by and say hi to the owners, Jason and Kristin Paris.  They are nice folks, you will like them, they are like family)

Oh yeah, I’m sorry to inform you but the job of village idjit was taken by a fellow named Dootsie Bobo.



Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. I sure enjoyed the article and pictures were great and Charlie is a great guy as I know them personally. Merry Christmas and happy new year to all

  2. Herb, when you say I am a great guy that just goes to prove what I have always said, you are a very discerning guy. Thanks lots pal and merry Christmas to you and yours, Chaz

  3. Committing to walk close to God seems to be the most valuable commitment we can make. Jesus prayed for us to be as close to Him as He and the Father are to each other. Imagine that kind of closeness!

  4. Merry Christmas, Chuck to you and yours! I have had some dreams that were put on hold until I got better health but am doing much better and no longer in survival mode! God is so good! I am able to teach the New Believer’s class again! which is a real blessing! I learn so much when I study for the class! Really enjoyed your story! It is so easy to settle! Had to fight it for awhile when my health was bad but pushing your self is good as it doesn’t make your health worse. Thought you got plenty of exercise, ’cause you are always helping people. (smile).

  5. Strata ceo, Well, what can I say other than I hope you check me out again, real soon. I am pleased that you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have something special planned for 2018. I plan on challenging myself in some unique ways;skydiving is just one. May you prosper in the new year and May Papa God bless you and yours is my prayer. Chaz

  6. WEE BEE, TRUER WORDS WERE NEVER SPOKEN! I can’t imagine a higher goal or greater ideal than to have that closeness with the Father that you refer to. Blessings on you and yours my friend, Chaz

  7. Saw something the other day that may apply- make a choice, keep moving foward, life’s highway is littered with squirrels that couldn’t decide! God bless us each and every one! As for Dootsie, there are other villages so there is still room!

  8. Richard, I am not sure but some of those squirrels just might have been so tired of eating nuts that they committed squirrelcide. I am sorry about that but corny as it is I couldn’t resist. Come to think about it though, the subject of village idiots just might lead into some political jokes! You have a great, healthy, and prosperous new year, and please, don’t play in the traffic. Chaz

  9. Sir, you speak of idiots and you speak of politics and politicians-that is the very definition of redundancy! It is up to us to care for our fellow man! Blessings to all this season and in the coming year!

  10. Dimitri, Your point is well taken and you are so right. We should be praying for protection from the Dootsie Bobo’s in this world, but then- they have always been here and always will be until the end. Chaz

  11. Jose, with people like you rooting for me, inspiring me, encouraging me, I will always have plenty to write about. Thanks so very much, Chaz

  12. Like the picture of the Village Idiot! One strike with the hammer and there would be the need of a NEW village idiot! ha ha.

    At 83, and soon to be 84 I don’t make new years resolutions….not sure there’s time enough to complete one! Instead, I simply spend more time reading God’s Word and more time with my wife in a local Nursing Home. And, I enjoy reading your articles Chuck….keep up the good work!

  13. Don, You likely have a lot more time and a lot more joy in life than you imagine! I need to get you into the gym, it will inspire you just to know that you are on the right path. It wouldn’t take long to get you back into good shape. Always remember, there are others that need you pal. May Papa God bless you muchly my friend, Chaz

  14. I am one of the fortunate folks who not only gets to read your inspirational works but also enjoy the pleasure of you friendship and inspiration at the gym during the week. Without goals we are destined to whither away as we age. Lou Holtz (famed Notre Dame football coach) once said “we are either growing or we are dying” and I intend to stay on the growing side of the curve until Papa God calls me home. See ya later…

  15. Mike, mike, you da man! Do you realize how many people you inspire at the gym. Your diligence provokes the same in each of us, young and not so young! When that day comes let us walk off this mortal coil with a goofy grin on our faces knowing full well that we have done the best we can to inspire every man and woman we come into contact with. Yeah pal, I like that! SEE YA LATER…! cHAZ

  16. Hey Don, glad you were able to read it. Get to writing my friend, a lot of folks are blessed by what you give to us. Remember, the trials that we face on this earth help to create in us the character Papa God yearns for us to possess and that we will carry for eternity. It is through adversity that our character is formed so that we can be a blessing to others. Thanks so much for your comment. Blessings to you and your family. Chaz

  17. Humorus, but thought provoking.
    We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our creator, God Himself, to take care of our bodies and make something worthwhile out of each day we are given. Everyday is our gift from God…what we make of it, is our gift back to Him. With the New Year right around the corner, I pray we will all rethink our use of time, enjoying and accomplishing something each and everyday.

  18. Oh CSG, truer words were never spoken, and yet It seems that we are surrounded with so-called intelligent people that are just dying to to take Dootsie Bobo’s place as village idiots. Mike McFadden’s quote from Lou Holtz up above points it out very well: “We are either growing or we are dying.” Wasted time that can never be retrieved. Wasted on habits that are outright deadly. It must make God very sad. Yeah, we are either growing or we are dying. So glad for your comment. Chaz

  19. Dear Linda, excellent question! My answer has to be, no more or less than eating a healthy diet would. We know that if we are in good health physically and mentally it is much easier being in good health spiritually. The word tells us to do all things to the glory of God, therefore by becoming physically fit I bring glory to God, so yes, absolutely yes, getting proper exercise does help. Some people do healthy things because they see the physical advantage. I say they are smart, leaning in the right direction if you will, but, it is only part of the equation. Some folks work hard at the gym but eat an unhealthy diet, consequently they will never realize the full advantage. A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy mind. On the physiological side exercise releases endorphins which help in our decision making process. So, back to your question: “Does going to the gym help with temptations to indulge in unhealthy things?” My short answer has to be, DARN TOOTIN! Chaz

    • That’s awesome the way God works! He gives us so many good things to help us in our life and to share with others many that are worse off than we are! And in the process we are helped too! Doesn’t the Word say, they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. I believe what happens is that when we share with others God’s beautiful gifts it is ingrained in our own minds more and more, don’t you think?

  20. Dear Linda, Charles did not mention one salient point, it may help you to not indulge in unhealthy things, but it WILL help you to survive the more strenuous temptations,should you care to find out for yourself!!!
    Have a joyous New Year!

  21. Well done! I could not agree more and have found myself drifting along at times. I think we get so involved in everyday life we forget what it really means to live. God is always there for us and we should always be there for him as well. This was an excellent reminder that we should always keep him not only in our hearts but also on our mind. He is always good to us and we should also be good to him. God Bless you all!!!!

  22. Carolyn, your words are so appreciated! I believe that we all drift at times Simply drifting, going with the flow, demands little and accomplishes little therefore we must commit ourselves to growth and positive change. Thanks for the comment, Chaz

  23. Dear Gymrat, wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us were present when Papa God needed us? I expect the world would be a better, happier place. Dear Father, help me to always be there with a smile and a kind word. Thank you for instilling in me your love. Thanks for the comment Gymrat and may God bless you and yours this new year. Chaz

  24. Thank You for being with us each and every day and inspiring us this last year Father God. Praise you O Mighty God, in Jesus Holy name, Amen

  25. Charles, you always interweave important life lessons in your entertaining stories. We are so glad you love the gym and see the value and responsibility of exercising and taking care of your body. I also really like your point about considering New Year’s resolutions to be commitments, as commitment is certainly required.

  26. Dear Kristin, Thanks so very much for the comment. If it wasn’t for the fact that you folks make the gym experience a fun experience it wouldn’t be so beneficial. God bless you during this new year. May we all, with Papa God’s help, reinvent ourselves so that we can be a blessing to all. Cheers, Chaz

  27. Joshua, Our lives should be seeds of replenishment as well as a joy to all we meet. I know you live by that principle. Blessings to you and your, Chaz


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