When I was a young boy growing up in central Missouri, things were good, biggest challenge for me was learning to play poker from a friend who cheated. Life was really good back then, but I could argue not the best of my life…….I have 3 wonderful adult children and 3 beautiful grandsons. I am worried about the quality of life they will have, if they will have their best years ahead of them.
My memories include the Beatles coming to America on The Ed Sullivan Show, the St. Louis Cardinals 1964 World Series Championship over the New York Yankees. When I was in high school Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. We saw the Statute of Liberty, toured the White House, the Empire State Building and Niagara Falls on in the same week. Oh, and China Town.
Life to a young boy growing up was good, a roof over head, never had to go hungry or naked. We were innocent kids expecting our parents and adults of our nation to protect and take care of us, we were a free nation. But as innocent as we may have been we were aware of what was happening around us and throughout the world. We were drawn to a president and as young as we were, we related to him and especially his family. This is around the time things began happening that were difficult to understand. There was a Cuban Missile Crisis, that had my mother nervous……..I remember her saying “He is going to get us in a war.” There was the Bay of Pigs, another event that didn’t turn out so well. Then in the middle of a grade school class one day, Vernon the janitor came in and announced President Kennedy had been shot, only to return moments later to inform us our President was dead. A couple of days later I was a witness with millions of other Americans as we watched Jack Ruby kill Lee Harvey Oswald; the scapegoat for killing Kennedy. We watched the Vietnam War (no it was not a conflict) from our living room every evening on the news. The best coverage in the history of the news media in this country. Vietnam lasted from grade school all the way through my college years. I can’t leave out Nixon and Watergate…….The Iranian Hostages, Bill Clinton’s sex scandals……..
I could go on and on, with the crap that is happening today. You know what’s going on.
My point is, I know my grandchildren will have great memories, and they like us, will experience tragic events here at home and abroad as we have. What scares me, what are we leaving them? We are not leaving this nation, our planet the way we found it, we are giving them a destructive mess. Their future is in our hands……….we still have time to do something about it, but time is running out.
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