The 4-H summer in Vance County has been one to remember. Youth had the chance to be involved in many fun and educational activities while their minds took a break from the school year. Our office served more than 100 youth through our programs.
Each year their number keeps growing — 4 million in 1950, 20 million in 1982 and more than 100 million today. They represent about 48 percent of the adult population 18 years of age and older in America. If they were a country, they would be the 13th largest in the world! Who are they? They are the singles — the never-married, the divorced and the widowed in America.
One of the fun parts of my job is answering plant questions. But it’s tricky, because about half the time I have to decode the question and then let the customer know they’ve been asking the wrong question all along.
Today, I am faced with a deadline to write my column. Watching the news about Robin Williams, the people of Iraq stranded on a hillside because of persecution, Ebola victims dying, riots and vandalism over the death of a young man and violent weather causing destruction, I wonder what news will be in the headlines when this column is printed? I wonder what news of today will already be forgotten?
I have often heard children, adults and criminals say “It won’t happen to me” or “I won’t get caught.” This phrase is generally used to describe or justify an act one is about to commit with the potential for a negative outcome. This summer I have heard many unnecessary, tragic stories of death and/or serious injury resulting from persons having ignored warnings and taken risks that ended or crippled the life of a loved one. Parents continue to risk their young child’s safety by leaving them unsupervised in or near water.
When the clothes in the washing machine are unevenly balanced, the machine will shake, rattle and make all kinds of noise. When your automobile tires are severely out of balance, the steering wheel will shake, eventually wearing out the tire tread. As proper balancing is required in some things of life, in much the same way, we need balance in our spiritual lives to survive.
Ponds are a thing of great beauty, and when you live in the country, having a pond to gaze upon is coveted by many, this writer included. However, if you speak to those who already have one, they may be tempted to describe it as a big hole in the ground into which you pour money.
Sometimes truth crops up in the strangest places. I mean, you wouldn’t expect to find, amidst the frothy lightness of such songs as “We Ain’t Got Dames,” “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair” and “Honeybun,” the profound truth that prejudice is bred in us, not born in us. Yet, there it is, right in the middle of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
Recently I begin to really wonder and meditate on what my purpose and existence in the earth realm was. I mean, why was I born? It is a question I’m sure many of us have pondered.
Most college graduates find out that after they cross the stage with their degree, employers are looking for individuals with work experience. But how do you get work experience if no one will hire you?