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Wrong Number

 

A friend, who is not named Javier, recently posted on Facebook that he’s been getting an unusually high number of calls for someone named Javier, and asked if we’d ever had a problem like that.

Have we. (more…)

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Sometimes events become so widely commented upon that we bloggers have no choice but to weigh in ourselves. Such is the case with this year’s most-shared graduation speech, by English teacher David McCullough.

My view reflects my status as what I call a “late Boomer,” one of those kids born after the “early Boomers.” The “early Boomers” came of age in the 60’s and got all the press. They organized protests and sit-ins, and burned their draft cards. “Early Boomer” women got the same jobs as “early Boomer” men. They hated Nixon, hated their parents, and named their children Willow. In contrast, we “late Boomers” came of age in the 70’s. With no trails to blaze, we hung out at the mall, attended emptying high schools, and became the first viewers of MTV and SNL. Our President told us we had a crisis of confidence, and we had no trouble believing him. Have you seen the movies of the late Seventies? Chinatown. Marathon Man. Dog Day Afternoon. Taxi Driver. Everyone dies. And then, we got married and had children.

Finally, we were in charge. Finally, there was someone on the planet who would listen to us.  Boy, did we screw up.  We have raised the most entitled and whiny bunch of navel-gazers on the planet.  We didn’t mean to.  It’s just that all those downer movies and speeches and the economy led us to believe we had so little to look forward to.  Instead, the economy went nuts, and we had our children during the good times in the 80’s and 90’s.  We were like Depression-era folks, telling our kids how awful it was in the bad old days, before we all had cable and color televisions and computers for finishing our homework.  We bought our kids graphing calculators and told them about the $100 Texas Instruments calculators that could do square roots.  We filled the coffers at Gap Kids and Abercrombie and Fitch and the American Doll store.  We reveled in the marvelousness of it all.

And into this atmosphere comes English teacher David McCullough, who finally sets them straight.

“Yes, you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and implored. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. Yes, you have. And, certainly, we’ve been to your games, your plays, your recitals, your science fairs. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. Why, maybe you’ve even had your picture in the Townsman! And now you’ve conquered high school… and, indisputably, here we all have gathered for you, the pride and joy of this fine community, the first to emerge from that magnificent new building…

But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.”

Bless you, Mr. McCullough.  Bless you.

 

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Once again I’m linking to Jon Acuff for today’s dose of Christian philosophy.  This entry has everything:  humor, Jesus, and a fun opportunity to help out.

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