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Q 1 t HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010 7 Just A Thought Learning the A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy LOUISE FISHER McGHEE'S HISTORIC SCHOOL PHOTO COLLECTION of the By RICK KRAFT There were 38 of us gathered together. Many had driven over 1000 miles to have the chance to catch up with relatives, to enjoy a vacation, and to make some memories that would last a lifetime. It was midweek and us younger generations sat in anticipation of what we would learn from the older genera- tion. My mother's side of the family has always been close. My mom and her three sisters grew up for the most part in Indiana. After attending college at Wheaton College in the Chicago area. the three older sisters married and moved away. Over the years the four sisters and their children have settled across the country from California to Michigan and from Idaho to New Mexico. But once every two or three years the descendants of my grandmother. Marguerite Bow- man (who passed away in 1999), gather .together for a family re- union, generally in the Colorado area because of its cei~trai loca- tion between where the descen- dants have settled. We have held these reunions regularly for over 20 years. All total at this time there are 70 descendants (includ- ing spouses who have married into the family), and this number grows from year to year. This summer, the family gathered in Pagosa Springs, Colo- rado for a week. There were 38 relatives who were able to make this year's gathering. The ages of our family members ranged from 80 years old down to 11 months. quite a spectrum of ages. Our past reunions have included a talent show of generally younger fam- ily members who share talents which are quite entertaining and often humorous. This year we added an event that evoked some deep sharing, laughter, and tears which left a lifelong impact on those who gathered. We called if~'li'e' Wisdom of the Years" Midweek at our "Grandma B's Potluck Dinner," we sat down the oldest generation (the "over 70's") and asked them questions designed to get them to pass on the knowledge and wisdom they had learned over the years to the younger generations who are coming along after them. We had five able to attend who included my morn and dad and two of my uncles and one aunt. Those of us in our 50's on down to teenagers sat and lis- tened as the panel of five work their way through questions de- signed to get them to share from their hearts wisdom they have learned over the three quarters of a century they have lived. We opened with a lighter question. "If a book was writ- Rick Kraft WHAT A CHILD LEARNS ABOUT VIOLENCE A CHILD LEARNS FOR LIFE. mnox.nog ten on your life, what would its title be and why?" All five went different directions and we laughed as they shared how their life would be summed up in the name of a book. We asked ques- tions about whom the seniors looked up to as their heroes in their younger days and who made an impact on their lives outside their family. It was interest- ing how one person, generally in each of the panel's youth, was able to make such a lasting implant on their lives that would cause them to talk about him or her a half of a century later. Next we asked questions about failures and accomplish- ments and how to overcome one and to get to the other. It was interesting to hear about the major setbacks that each in the panel had to overcome. There were events in each of their lives that basically knocked the se- niors on their rear and they ex- plained the impact the event had on their life. We asked a question that each of us faces about how to arrive at a healthy balance be- tween family and work and then asked about the role that faith played in their life. The final question was one of my favorite, " If you could live your life over again, how would you do it differently?" Interesting enough, none of the five had any regrets over the years that they had lived. Even living through their difficult times, they felt looking back that they would not necessarily do things any differently. After the seniors finished sharing their thoughts, we opened up the floor for the younger generations to com- ment. To me. this was the most exciting time. We had com- ments from family members in their teenage years, from oth- ers who were in their 50's, and from ages in between: To, hear the impact the sharing had on them was amazing. The purpose of the wisdom sharing was to pour the lessons learned by those who had lived many long years into those who have many years ahead. The comments from the youth re- minded us that the future be- longs to those who follow us. It was a great experience for all of our family and a high point of the week we spent together. My challenge to you today ts to create opportunities for the wisdom of the years to be passed on to the younger generations. In this day of television, video games, cell phones, and the internet, too often we fail to pass the lessons we have learned on to those who follow behind us. We allow the outside world to set our youth's core beliefs~ Create a setting to allow the seniors in your family to pass their legacy on to the genera- tions behind. And then listen and learn or share your wisdom to those who follow. It will im- pact and assist your live more than anything that can be learned off the television or computer screen. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter, com mailto:thekraftla,~firm@aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell. New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. continues through the end of July! STOP IY OR tALL TODAY IrOR kLL YOUR CYCLE ME[H! OIL CHAN6ES TIRES 8kTTERIES TuNg UPS OTOR WORK IIRT$ 1020 W. Motel Driw Lordsburg, Na 575 Louise Fisher McGhee's 8th grade class on the steps of Lordsburg's historic school building on Penn Street, 1928.1929 Top Row: Juanita ("Jenny") Gonzales, Consuelo Ruiz, Emilio Acosta, Nick Hughes, Helen Martinez (Garcia), Bertha Scofield - teacher, Wo2o~d Sholly, Josephine Padilla, Tommy Wright. Lucille Gee, Antonio Acosta " ~' Middle Row: Olus Landry, Orpha Bradberry, Lloyd Wallace, Jewel McCants~ Made Wright, Mary Beth Jeffus, U.L. Connor, Ruby Wright. Basil Fuller, Carol Cousland ; ~-~ Bottom Row: Cora ("Corky") Moody Cosper, Addie Louise Conner, Nancy Cross, Louise Ball, Marshallene Goodsell (Koff), Louise Fisher (McGhee), Rosabelle Landry, John Augustine, Florence Johnson, Emeline Rhodes (Baxter), Florence Waites Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive, Ste. B. or can be ' e-mailed to hcherald@aznex.net. Onlylet- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo Coun@ Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their"First Amendment right of free speech. What's at stake? Dear Editor: Well the 4TM of July done come and gone again. I see on T.V some night show host out on the street askin' people what the 4'h was all about! Amazin', less than 1% knew what it was about. Great! Talk about "dummin' down America", WOW! One lady knew her stuff. "Hurrah" for her. She is a bonafide American. Thank God for her and people like her. we just might put America back together. Kids. ask your parents, parents, ask your kids, if you don't know what it's all about ask someone! And just in case you don't know, this coun- try was founded as a REPUBLIC by and for the people, my, how far we have strayed!!! I keep hearin' our elustrus politicians refer to this country as a democracy. These lifetime politicians have made it that way. Because in a democracy they can control the peolSle, in a REPUB- LIC the people control the gov- ernment. That my dear people is why your politicians havd taken over almost every aspect of your life and we have stood by and let them. I'm sorry!!! Our problem, we have been playing politics with our country, it should never have happened, but we ALL did it. First, we have kept our sena- tors and congress men and women in power too long. Over time they forget who they work for. Too much POWER! They git to workin' for groups of people in- stead of what's good for our NA- TION and ALL the people. Third. they are not going by the Consti- *2. 3 & 4 part business forms *Business Cards *Letterhead *Invoices * E,nvelopes *Work Orderi *Tickets *Certificates *And Much More! *Bumper Stickers *Photo Reprints i * Posters *Flyers *Receipts THANK YOU Thanks to everyone who took time from their busy weekend to share in my birthday celebration. The cake was fantastic! The books, keychain, coasters and cards were a pleasant surprise, Thanks to Don McNutt and Region II Board for the Service Award, All of you--together with special appearance of 'BUDDY' and 'BABY'-- made it an unforgettable birthdayl God bless you all! WL Sanders tution! Health Care is a good example but both senators voted for it even though NOWHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION does it say anything about everyone should have it. WHY?? Fourth. where in the Commerce Clause does it give the government control over everything? But, your politicians keep voting for bills that should never been put on the House floor. Why?? Fifth, how can your poli- ticians vote to give the president control over mining and regula- tion thereof, where? How can your representatives give the president control over insurance companfes, car companies, fi- nance companies and e-mail, that's not in the Constitution. Why?? Sixth, what right has the president got to call the B.P. CEO into the White House and demand 20 billion dollars, then one of his cronies is supposedly handling the money, Why? No Justice De- partment ruling on if B.P. did wrong. Why? Congresswoman Waters made a statement on the Hearing Committee Room floor that government would take over the oil companies, huh! Why? The Constitution out the window. The list goes on and on. Folks, your freedom is at stake, you had I better wake up. Not as Democrat or Republican or whatever, but as Americans wake up. Three things folks, it won't take long. Read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Then look and see how far our politicians a0d political judges have taken us away from the Republic for which it stands. 'Nuff said, bite the bullet, quit askin' for all this money, the United States are BROKE, UN- DERSTAND? Teach your kids these things otherwise they will never know. Teach them the Pledge of Alegence to the flag that's also banned from school by political judges. Good luck folks, may God bless our troops and country. Gene Chadborn, Animas 9 We 10ve you! Grandpa Frank, Grandma Brnie, Aunt Lisa, trnele Frank, Onele Anthony and cousins I i NO MINORS PIT THf= E1 Charro & Maverick Lounge Open till 10 PM