Why have simple things in life become so complicated?  Often it doesn’t matter what it is when somehow you start out with a simple task and before you realize it things turn into a mess.  For example, today I did Quick Pay to a person.  They had closed their account and opened a new one.  He gave me his email.  Where do you think the money went?  Right into the old account that was closed. Now what started as something simple has become complicated.  Even after I called the bank and asked them to reverse it, which they declined, there was nothing I could do.  Let’s look at technology.  Cell or mobile phones started off simple and easy to use.  With today’s technology, if you aren’t really young, it takes time to literally figure everything out.  Then once you do they modify it and then there is an entire new learning process.  Cooking, for example, can be simple or complicated.  There are certain recipes that seem simple but really aren’t.  If you follow the directions and it still doesn’t work, it’s better to cross it off your list and never add to your recipe box.  Any and all government forms seem to be designed to make it difficult to fill out and complete.  Sometimes we need help just to figure out what they are asking.   I home schooled my son and when he was a senior he decided to go back so he could be with his friends.  The amount of paperwork eleven years ago was unbelievable.  I believe it was more than what is need to apply for a mortgage and then once accepted sign it all.  In the Good Gus series it really was a simpler time.  As Christmas approaches, I hope you will consider “The Special Gift.”  The books are flying off the shelves at the Marine base in San Diego and are always available online at Kindle.  If you want to see if your child will like the books, the first two books are available on Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  If you are looking for a simple but interesting read, “Misplaced Trust” is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.