I'm Over 50
I'm over 50; well, almost. Seems like about five lifetimes ago when I was a kid and growing up in what now seems like a very different time. Got my own kids now and they're better than I ever was. I'm so proud of them and my life seems to revolve around them. We do homework with cosine, secants, triangles, acetic acid, prisms, square roots, hydrogen, Archimedes principal, and derivatives. It's almost as if I'm actually living the old saying, "if only I had known then what I know now." But, there were lots of twists and turns along the way. Old stories were told about mules, rattlesnakes in church, carburetors, moonshine, Amazing Grace, apple cider, snipe hunting, baptisms, vacuum tubes. Then a change occured and life went from rural to city with a chance at formal education. Calculus, chemistry and physics would help me teach my kids, but the jobs were already leaving America. No matter; another turn, another study occured. Dealing with people and all their problems gave a look at what my country was really like. No differential equations existed in the new reality; only despair, dishonesty, manipulation, greed. People lose jobs, but nobody wants mine despite the pay. Still, no matter; learn and teach the kids and remember that old saying. More stories will be made to tell them. They are a new generation for a new America and hopefully a better one even if they tell stories about a baptism by fire. A population is a house divided; one group struggles to climb while the other kicks, screams, complains and finally begs. It didn't have to turn out this way, but free will exists. I hope I can teach and encourage them enough.