When some Farmer Joe with bad spelling posted on Craigslist that he was selling a “pile of hey,” as an English teacher, I found this endlessly hilarious. The printed advertisement now hangs on my bulletin board as a source of humorous inspiration. Consider the implications.
By definition, “hey” expresses appreciation, wonder, or pleasure. An exclamation of “hey!” is often associated with blissful, warm-fuzzy feelings, such as in Jingle Bells’ “…one-horse open sleigh, HEY!” From songs, to cheers, or greetings, “hey” is a merriment that is abundantly used.
Now imagine that you have opportunity to purchase a pile of “hey.” Envision the ability to scoop up happiness in heavy heaps on a pitchfork. Wouldn’t that be heavenly? Wouldn’t everyone want to savor a little pile of appreciation, wonder, and pleasure in their back pocket to access as needed?
Picture the marketing slogans:
“Hey now, pay later.”
“Fresh hey everyday!”
“A diamond is forever, but hey is for today.”
Don’t we all know someone who could use some hey in their life? According to the National Institute of Health, 20 million people in America suffer from depression each year. That’s a lot of needed hey piles, to say the very least.
Each time I finally quit giggling from the absurdity in the ad, I’m thankful to know that my personal source of appreciation, wonder, and pleasure begins with prayer. It is the “hey” that centers me, and I can’t think of a bigger pile of joy than what God gives.
“How precious is your constant love, O God! All humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings. You feed them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your rivers of delight” Psalms 36:7-8.
Truly, He provides enough appreciation, wonder, and pleasure that I don’t need to purchase any from Craigslist.