Thursday, December 06, 2018
I watched the funeral for President George H. W. Bush today and came away from the 2 hour service with a real yearning for men like him who stood for what was good for America.
One of the speakers was a lifelong friend. Both of their mothers were strong-willed women who raised their children to live a life that was respectful and honest and caring. One of the comments made by this friend was that both of their mothers quoted the phrase, "Hatred corrodes the container that carries it." They strongly urged their sons to NOT live a life where every situation that could have ended in hating the person who caused it would be carried on for as long as they lived. This is good advice for all of us. Hating someone takes a lot of energy and a lot of negativity. Forgiveness is a positive force for all concerned.
President George H.W. Bush was 94 (the same age as my mother) and was part of the Greatest Generation. He could have gone to college right out of High School, and instead went right into the service to fight for his country. That generation knew the meaning of Patriotism and it carried on to all aspects of their lives. Family and Country were the two most important things in their lives. I am so glad that I was raised by a father and mother from this generation. My Dad went into the Navy right out of High School and was a radioman in a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. He hadn't been home from that war long, when he was called back to fight in the Korean War. There were no questions asked............it was their duty. I miss that solid generation.............they knew what was really important and what it meant to be an American. My brother and I were NOT raised to be a Republican or a Democrat. We were raised to find out all that we could about the Politician running for office and then vote for the one we believed in most. I feel that this is a healthy way to choose wisely.
I am sure that some of you also watched the service today and would be interested in what you took away from it.