"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children".
--- from the writings of Roots author Alex Haley
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
I think one of the most important jobs a grandparent can do is provide links for their grandchildren to the past, both the past of their family and the historical past of their world.
Another vital task is to help their grandchildren grow to become contented, successful people who want to make their community, their country, and their world a better place.That's two of the main reasons I started this blog in 2016.
While I hope any reader will find something of interest in what I write here, I actually have 2 readers foremost in my mind. One is named Audrey. She was 8 when I started this blog. The other is her brother, Owen, who was 6 then.
This new ongoing series, which I am calling It's My Life, is primarily for my grandchildren. It will be able to still speak for me when I am gone.
Since I will be writing about me, it may appear to be an exercise in vanity. But that is not my intent. I want to tell Audrey and Owen about my life so they can have a better understanding of their own lives. Maybe it might help some of you in your lives, too.
For the 1st 6 grades of my schooling I attended Bridgeton Christian School, a fact which many find difficult to believe today.
However, although I believe in no organized religions, I appreciate the spiritual and moral training I received in Christian school.
I also had a chance few students today will ever had. I attended kindergarten in a building that once served as a one-room schoolhouse.
My mother, who was an elementary school teacher, had taught to me to read before I entered school and therefore schooling always came easy for me. I was able to skip 2nd grade, which had a great impact on my life. For example, the skipping meant:
- I was always young for my grade
- I competed in sports in school against older kids
- I was the next to last student in my graduating high school to get my driver's license at 17
- I was one of the last in my 1973 class at Villanova to be able to legally drink at 21
However, by a great margin, I think my skipping a grade was beneficial since I'm quite content with the way my life turned out.
It also means that my wife, although we graduated high school in the same class in 1969, is a cougar by 14 months.