Happy Father’s Day!
Always nice to see the day come around again. Unfortunately, I do not think fathers are treated and revered as in days’ past. Something is different today. I hear it from every father/parent who has grown children.
I believe the cause is the way my generation raised our children. We gave them too much. We gave them everything. We wanted the better life for them we had not experienced.
We raised a generation who believe they are entitled to everything. The Age of Entitlement! Which means most care not as they should for their parents.
Another thought. Society is becoming fatherless. Many one parent families. When first one parent families came upon us, we cheered. Generally, it was the mother. What a great job the ladies were doing!
Not so great from my perspective. I admire them. I also feel sorry for them. And the children.
It has been said we live in a fatherless society today. True. Think about it.
I am old school. I believe there must be a return to old school. Two parent families. Whether straight or same sex. It does not take a village to raise a child. It takes two parents!
I am going to be bombed with comments tomorrow! No question. I have scraped the scab off a festering wound.
Lucky are we who live in Key West and the Florida keys. The weather generally great. Scenery always beautiful. Peaceful. Nothing like seeing water every day.
I am fortunate to live on the ocean. The slight blast of hot air that hit my face this morning as I stepped onto the deck irreplaceable. A great feeling. You just know it is going to be a great day.
Key West’s pace is invigorating. Invigorating a strange word to use. Everything is slow paced. Easy going.
Most happy, even those that have little reason to be.
I finally decided yesterday what this week’s KONK Life column will be. I spent yesterday researching. I have a bit more today and then the writing itself. Charleston motivated me. I intend to show the black problem from three perspectives. World War I, World War II and Charleston.
Anna has been my housekeeper for more than 10 years. A fancy description for cleaning lady. Whatever the title, I state it with the utmost respect.
Anna leaves me for two months every two years. She returns to Poland, her land of birth. The whole family goes. God bless them!
Anna and her husband work hard. They do not waste money. Ergo, they can afford the trip. They are received in Poland as rich Americans. Anna laughs when she tells me.
Key West is a conglomeration of those born in foreign lands. Some come and stay. Others have green card problems and move on. Most become citizens. Others save a few dollars and return from whence they came.
I have always had an interest in those who go back. It appears that if they have a few bucks in their pockets earned here, they can live better in the old country than here. They initially came for economic reasons. They return because the problem has been solved to some degree. They can now live cheaper back home.
I share the Anna and other immigrants story because most of us believe those from another country come to stay. Not necessarily so.
Another police shooting last night. Los Angeles. The neighborhood a safe one. The incident took place in broad daylight.
A man was standing by his car with a white cloth rapped around his hand. He was yelling…..Stop! Stop!…..to the police car as it approached. The police car stopped. They told him to “drop it” as he was raising his wrapped hand. He did not. There was nothing to drop. They shot him in the head.
The police claim they thought he had a gun. He did not.
The man is in critical condition. A resident videoed part of the happening. Sick to see!
The two officers are nonchalantly saying as the man lies on the ground something to the effect….Oh, how sickning…..his brains are coming out.
The man is lying on his stomach. While this discourse took place. At the same time, the video shows one of the officers handcuffing the unconscious brain oozing victim.
He is a victim!
Enjoy your Sunday/Father’s Day!