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The last few years of the American populist movement and the great reveal provided by the threat posed to the established order by our last President have given me a new perspective on the life I have experienced and the days I have left.
Some parts of my early life, including the years of my marriage with my wife rearing our three children, were hard. But the rewards associated with successful achievement of goals were spectacular.
Thursday, my wife and I spent the day at Park City at the invitation of my daughter’s family, her husband, their four children, their two sons-in-law, and two great-grand-children. We didn’t do any snowboarding or indoor swimming but they all did. What a wonderful experience. My other two children were together with family in Arizona with my other three grandchildren, so we stayed in touch throughout the day.
I was the first member of my family generation to get a college degree. My parents and siblings got high school diplomas and my grandparents finished some elementary school levels. Three of the four of my grandchildren in their twenties now have their college degrees and I’m betting on the rest. None of these college graduates had any loans to repay at the conclusion of their studies and I don’t anticipate any in the future. This is the way I like it. These children may not have paid for all their education themselves but they understand how it was done.
None of these children or grandchildren is perfect, but we have gotten this far without any of their lives being hijacked by unsavory careers or addictions, so we feel good about our families, the purpose, and the outcomes. My wife and I have spent the last couple of decades helping in every way we could. Until recently, I had pretty pleasant thoughts about where we all were and where we would leave our progeny upon our departure, so I was on the equivalent of cruise control. But during the last decade, the overall conditions of the American cultural and political environment underwent drastic changes that alter the future prospects.
So I’m thinking we are back in hard times, and I am liking it better than being on cruise control.
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