When I grow up…..
But wait, I am grown up? How can I grow up?
Been there done that a LONG time ago.
Or did I grow old but not grow up?
Is growing up signified by the age on your driver’s license?
Or by how achy you are when you work in the yard for an hour?
Is growing up signified by the question to answer ratio? Haven’t heard of that? My dad told the story about how, when he was a young boy, he would love working in the garage with his Dad. But there was one problem, he talked all of the time and was constantly asking questions about what they were doing. Finally, my Grandpa, who had the patience of Job, turned to my Dad and said, “HOWARD! WHY ARE YOU TALKING ALL OF THE TIME?”
Dead silence as my Dad was thinking, “Uh, oh, I’ve screwed it up. What do I do now? I’ve gotten my Dad, the guy who never gets mad mad and now he’s mad at me. What do I do?”
“Well, I guess I better tell him the truth.” (Smart answer for a 4th grader who eventually becomes a preacher.) So, he looks at his Dad, my grandpa, and says, “Because I got questions!”
Nothing gets said (quite a feat for these two – if you ask me). Wait! You don’t have to ask me because I just told you. Why do people use that phrase?
I had an English Professor, a few years ago, who felt it was very important for writers to conserve words. Don’t say something in your writing unless it adds to the whole picture of what you are saying.
Back to the story. “Well, if you’ve got questions, then I think we better answer them. But I have a question first……. Can you work really hard on your speed and your volume? Because sometimes you talk so fast and so loud it makes my head hurt. “
“I will try…..”
The story moves on and we find ourselves looking over this place in front of the Capitol Building.
The history on those steps and inside that building. It can take your breath away. From Abraham Lincoln to Joe Biden, from Dad Bush to Son Bush, so many people made a difference in the world from these steps.
On January 6, many people made a difference on the Capital steps, and it was not a good thing and it did not help us grow up.
On January 6, many adults behaved like children on the Capital steps and it was not something to make Americans proud.
On January 20, a 22 yr. old writer stood on the Capital steps and showed America and the World that there still is good in America.
And a collective sigh of relief was heard through out our country.
Amanda Gorman, age 22, wrote what was on her heart and a country and a world listened.
May we all continue to do so……