I seem to find myself reminiscing more than ever before, perhaps it is because I have lived more years than what now lies ahead, or maybe it is just a natural phenomenon. Never would I have believed those childhood years when I thought I’d die of embarrassment and cried myself to sleep in disappointment would turn into fond recollections.
Memories of the neighbor boys poking fun at my expense, making me feel stupid and ugly, jeers or occasional mean spirited comments from classmates. My peers knew all my shortcomings, as I knew theirs; who peed their pants, who was a brown nose, who couldn’t keep a secret, who made up stories, who was two-faced, etc.
Have you ever asked yourself why as children we were able to coexist, overlooking each other’s shortcomings, forgiving one another, and even now we are happy to see our old friends who were really more like family when we were growing up. But as adults we seem to hold other adults accountable for any infraction or error?
As adults we hold professional people and other adults to a relatively high standard. Which may be a result of our being raised to respect all adults and having seen our parents pay considerable respect to the educated professionals; bankers, businessmen, law officers, etc. Today we dislike the doctor that keeps you waiting, the lawyer that over-bills, the policeman that would rather give you a ticket than a warning, the politician that puts his own agenda before his constituents, the parent that unjustly punishes, the clergy that behaves no better than ourselves, etc. What we seem to expect is perfection from these human beings operating within their profession but what we receive are flawed humans performing a professional service for us. Sometimes these professionals don’t behave as we think they should.
But aren’t we all works in progress, perfectly imperfect by our very nature? As children we were taught by our parents and teachers to get along with everyone. As we grew into independent adult (our vices also grew) we were without any supervision demanding we play nice with others.
How much different our lives would be if we reapplied the disciplines we were taught as children. The disciplines stemming from the golden rule; “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Just think, this simple rule could usher kindness, compassion and integrity into our homes, lives, and world.
Today and Saturday is the completion of the Versailles Hometown Christmas Celebration.
Saturday is the Fall Harvest Dance at the Versailles Vets Club. This is open to the public with music by D.J. Dan. Admission is $5 at the door.
Sunday, Phyllis Shively will be celebrating her birthday with an open house from 2:30 – 5 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church in Piqua.
Happy birthday to Chad Feitshans II (1), Henry Uhlenhake (1), MacKenzie Dabe (2), Zachary Weaver (13), David Magoteaux, Jessica Griesdorn, Dee Stahl, Lauren Meinke, Fr. Jim Simons, Maleah Bulcher, Shorty Keller, Carmen Kingrey, Lynn Langston, Karen Kelch, Dusty Francis, Don Purpus, Shila Magoto, Nina Barga, Marcia Davidson, Nancy (Tom) Subler, Joan Ruschau, Rose Lucas, Kevin Bohman, Janet Garber, Vicky Olwine, Kim Condon, Keith Hartzell, Diliana Miller, Madison Dortsch, Chloe Grilliot, Candy Stump, and Joe Hernandez. Wedding wishes to Lori and Jason Hemmelgarn (3), Kelly and Kevin Luthman, Lisa and Joe Rush (19), Penny and Phillip Elmore, Missy and Brad Francis (25), Sue and Joe Knapke (34), Dee and Brian Monnin (37), Jean and Jack Turpen (50), Rosemary and Jerry Paulus (59), and Ethel and Frank Lenker (60).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Marybel Weaver, Dorothy Richard, Dave Magoto, Alan Barga, Maggie Dabbelt, Bob Homan, Janet Pitsenbarger, Kelly Bruns, Steven Youngker (shoulder surgery), Nicole Smith, Dave Francis, Marge Langenkamp, Iris Nickol, Joann Ingle, Eileen Rahm, Michelle McClure, Dan Trostel, Robert Longenecker, Karen Coverstone (cancer), Rita Wuebker, Shirley Davis, Yvonne Ridenour, Cyril Frantz, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Michelle Ullom, Thelma Schultz, James Youngker, Glenn Monnin, Isabella Yakos, Brian Voisard, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith and all those dealing with cancer or any one of life’s many challenges, as well the hospitalized or home-bound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Nicholas DeMange (34), Duane Saintignon (73), Norma Stammen (88), and Beulah Fine (97), also remembering the lives of Ella Benning, Theresa Alexander, Hilda Glynn, Vivian Wintrow, Ron Dirksen, Deloris Pepple, Ottis Gilmore, Jerry Timmerman, Carl Schutz, Phyllis Magoto, Alma Grilliot, Mary Ware, Bob Poly, Rita Baltes, Bob Tebbe, Ethel Mayo, Wayne McGreevy, Edith Richhart, Charles Francis, Florence Smith, Helen Shappie, Agnes Thiebeau and all those who are in our hearts but not mentioned by name at the anniversary of their passing.
“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” ~Michael Leunig
“Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.” ~1 Peter 4:8
“Love me when I least deserve it because that is when I really need it.” ~ Swedish Proverb
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the autho