You knew your neighborhood merchants and they knew you. You traded with the ones that you trusted and you avoided trading with those you didn’t. Having a loyal following was the local businessmen’s lifeline. It was something he nurtured and treasured.
We had proven ourselves the stronger for it. Coming together during WWII and assembling the finest war machine ever assembled. One, that not only beat Hitler, but also the Italian fascists and Japan. We did it with sure determination, sacrifice and grit. Kennedy symbolized the coming golden age of America. Camelot.
Yet it is well worth the effort to find them as being thankful for the good things nullifies the effect of the bad. It’s a focus shift that allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel instead of the approaching train.
So I built a pull toy of a pickup truck. Except mine had four front-ends going four different directions. No matter which of the four pull cords you pulled it wouldn’t go anywhere without dragging. In other words it was a metaphor for how I felt at the time.
“In everything thing you do, think of how it will affect the children.” There it is, plain and simple. No 2000 pages on how to treat the children, no law or mandates made by lofty governments, no commandment written in stone, just a simple sentence that can change the world.
Paul Moore just passed away recently. He was 94. He was an educator all his life. I remember him as my redheaded, pipe smoking principal of Warren G. Harding elementary school in East Saint Louis, IL. He was a kind; soft-spoken man who you could tell loved his job. He loved it so much he did it all his life. He had a passion for being an educator.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.