“Education is power, it changes your whole life, it can create a life for yourself. So the more educated you are, the more you learn about what you care about, you become a more caring person. And if you can speak about what you care about to a person you disagree with, without denigrating or insulting them, then you may actually be heard. And you may even change their mind, or they may change yours.”
A couple of my grandkids are struggling in/with school. For one, it’s not working hard enough or being motivated enough; for the other it’s being bored or just not wanting to go through the drill at school. Their parents are trying their best to adequately parent them, but I wonder what I can say – without lecturing or sounding like a parent – that will make a difference. I wish I could convince them to embrace Amy’s message. Their education is so important; their charm and good looks are lovely to experience, but I want them to develop into young women who can take care of themselves and their families or the people within their communities. The paths they take are theirs to choose – getting a good education, however, is going to make being successful so much easier. Hopefully their being more caring people will go hand and hand with their ability to succeed. Hopefully, they will learn to communicate with respect, to change minds appropriately or to change theirs accordingly.
October Luncheon Photos
Door prizes were awarded for the first time since the pandemic shutdown. Kay’s table decorations were a hit! Our speaker, Jim Morris, was really entertaining and his being surprised at seeing Bobette’s special guests was heartwarming. Joan’s birthday baked goods were given out and distributed for delivery to those who weren’t at the luncheon.
The new Directories will be in the mail soon! Jane has done an outstanding job of putting it all together. Thank you to all who contributed time and effort to get the booklet to print. A special thanks goes to Carol Behm who worked behind the scenes to proofread the drafts.
Just a reminder: National Chocolate Day is in November; this probably has been stated on every October message I have written, but any repetition about chocolate is a good thing. The U.S.Navy’s birthday is this month. Our hats are off to the Navy and Marine pilots who land fighter jets on aircraft carriers! UT plays Alabama in Knoxville on the 15th. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month – this is a plug (and not meant to be funny) in honor of Liam, one of our grandsons.
Wishing you good health, peace, joy, and happiness.