The pictures that will follow are a vivid reminder of who I am, when and where I learned much.
This man propped me up, not only here in the photo, also in my mindset and behavior. Grandpa Roy owned his own auto glass business, had a full farm with animals, raised multiple children and was an active member of the community.
I learned early on the value of time and money, moreover, I learned the value of humanity.
There is a poem by Rudyard Kipling “My Fathers Chair” detailing personal character. Granddad’s chair was no different. I can remember the smell of the leather, the squeaky noise my patent leather shoes made against it, but most of all, was the time spent snuggling up to that bear sized man listening to his stories.
You can see from the joy in my face, not presence of the cake, but real happiness from a home filled with love and discipline.
This was the foundation that brought me through some very terrible times (1969-1980) that many children might otherwise have never recover.
While it did take me until my 30’s to sort it all out, the things that were founded in my early ages with Granddad came roaring to the surface.
Married at 25 – Business owner at 28 – Father at 39 (later than most oh well)
The point is this: I can draw real education from my past. My statues are these photos. When I need reassurance, motivation or direction in life I can look at these photos and remember the thoughts that Granddad wanted to instill in this budding human.
I stand and watch the world today tearing down its past and wonder what will become of their future? Will they be able to rise up out of poverty and strife to see a world with human value? Will there be a decent world for me and my grandchildren?
The forces controlling the riots and want to erase all symbols so that personal hope rests solely within their control. Men who want you to beg … beg them for the basic daily needs. This is the work of the devil!
Yeshua (Jesus in the Greek) said in Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
The word yoke means teaching or instructions. What America needs to do is curl up in the Fathers lap and learn the value of human life…. ALL human life.