Once again the seasons have turned. The days of this past summer were not filled with blissful memories of hot summer nights but, a crescendo of disasters yet to come. It is fall now where one looks forward to beautiful foliage of leaves turning bright red and orange, where Halloween brings out the child in all of us and where pumpkin pies adorn Thanksgiving tables. But, now all of this is overshadowed by circumstances that have run out of control . When we have lost too many lives by a Pandemic that shouldn't have been, when small businesses that once dominated consumer spending in practically every city and town have ceased to exist, when millions are struggling to keep a roof over their head, food on the table and desperately trying to avoid infection of a deadly virus are the realities of today.
This is a parable of Henson Cargill's 1968 hit Skip A Rope." Listen to your children while they play. Isn't it kinda funny what the children say. Momma hates daddy, daddy hates mom, you should have heard the fight they had. Last night we all woke up to a terrible scream. Gave little sister another bad dream. Don't pay your taxes, don't be a fool. What ever happened to the golden rule? Never mind the rules just play to win. Hate you neighbor for the color of their skin. Stab'em in the back that's the name of the game. Mommy and daddy are whose to blame." Oh! what a mess we got ourselves in. Can't seem to get it together to make things right. All we do is fuss and fight. We haven't paid attention to what the children say. We have only made things worse with each passing day. No longer can we stay this way. We will only end up pale and gray. When you think about it it really isn't funny what the children say. Today, the world has become pale and gray. What the children have long since said their days are filled with nothing but dread.
It is this coming January that the State of The Union address is supposed to be given. Who ever is President at the time ought to reveal the true and factual state of our nation. Contrary to previous addresses the United States has descended into a quagmire of distension, vast inequality, and sociological upheaval unprecedented in our nations history. The sad truth today is that this nation is far behind practically every other industrial nation in quality of life and in education. We rank 29th today. Over 50 years ago the United States ranked no. 1. The rate of our decline is unparalleled in modern times.
A kaleidoscope of images flows through conscious thought as I search through the years to those moments of carefree summer days of long ago. Now, as this summer winds blow I often drift back to the sublime ambiance that made those summers so memorable. The days of carefree adolescence filled with puppy love romances and adventurous escapades. It was always when summer winds started to blow off we went to Lake Geneva. Our cottage by the lake created memories so sweet and true. Even to this day with great fondness I think back and recall the friendships that were forged and the crazy stuff we did.
One can not help think that the horrific actions of 4 police officers set off a chain of events when they brutally murdered George Floyd. They knew full well that their actions decimated the rule of law, violated civil rights, and out right committed murder with malicious intent. As a result coinciding with other police atrocities of the past that also targeted African Americans have unleashed what just could be the spark that ignites the flames of open rebellion.