Sharing thoughts gives great pleasure, satisfactionI’ve been asked several times why I write this column. I think the questioners are thinking a few additional words, “at your age?” I am old, but I don’t feel that my life is over. I do have physical limitations (had to give up handball at the YMCA a few years ago).
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
I’ve been asked several times why I write this column. I think the questioners are thinking a few additional words, “at your age?” I am old, but I don’t feel that my life is over. I do have physical limitations (had to give up handball at the YMCA a few years ago). Another aging problem that Bud Brand identified in one of his poems fits me too:
What I forget
And I forget
What I regret.
Otherwise, I’m very happy that editor Shelley Nelson continues to print my op-ed’s. Writing gives me great pleasure and satisfaction, especially so when kind and caring readers tell me they do enjoy them.
I feel my best, exactly when doing what I’m doing right now, writing to prospective readers. Most of them are not kids anymore either, so they more understandingly process my expressions.
I try to include humor at times because laughter and smiles are of great benefit. I’ve mentioned our 6 a.m. morning coffee group and the light hearted feeling I have as a result of Julie’s coffee; pleasant, competent, waitresses plus our banter and free expressions, which get every day off to a good start.
At times, my articles have a more serious bent. In a democracy, citizens have a duty to express themselves and help authenticate our political system, “Of the people, by the people and for the people.” I truly appreciate the following saying attributed to Edward Everett Hale:
I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something,
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something,
that I can do.
I am proud too as I, as most residents of Superior, enjoy living in the northland. Cold winters, you bet your life. But there are many activities for the variety of interests our good people hold. Outdoors, indoors, athletic, arts, all other customary services — that list goes on and on. Our city is not so large that traffic problems make car driving a hassle. We have outstanding public services like health, fire, police and that list goes on as well.
With all of our cool, clean, fresh water immediately available, I read, with sympathy, how water carriers (mostly women) in some African countries have to walk miles to get questionable quality water.
Most important is that our city isn’t so large that people are more than willing to help others and to ask for help when needed. Trust comes easier when our world is smaller and yet large enough to provide all essential services.
I like it here very much and wonder why so many UWS faculty leave town after retirement. Probably, many of them go back to their earlier homes such as I did. I returned to my native Wisconsin after spending 20 years in Montana.
My last school superintendence job was in the city of Hamilton, which sits in the middle of the beautiful Bitterroot valley, nestled between the Sapphire Mountains on the east and the snow-capped Bitterroot Mountains on the west. Montana is a great state too. Leaving it was difficult 45 years ago, but home has an even stronger call.
Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, is a retired educator who resides in Superior. He can be reached at email@example.com.