Published Thursday, August 16, 2012

Unusual, but interesting, thoughts

As usual, the other day, I was following my usual practice of reading a weekly newsmagazine.

Although it is more true of certain editions than others, it is most of the time an enlightening experience, especially if you care enough “to turn on the light.”

In today’s world, there are so many ways provided to be informed, it is difficult to imagine some who apparently choose to remain in the dark.

Although our three children had mostly finished their schooling before we arrived in Newnan 20 years ago, I have been impressed from the start with Coweta County’s School system.

Parents I know want a good education for their children, even though they may not have had that privilege for themselves.

I still smile at the old story of the wonderful, old hard-working farmer who sent his bright young son off to the university to become an engineer.

After the first semester, the boy came home for the holidays. Proud of him, he was sitting in the living room with his boy and his mother.

“Son,” he said, “we are proud of you for making all A’s on your courses. Tell your old Mama and Papa some of the things you learned in that big university.”

The boy thought a moment and said, “Well, Pa, I found out in one of my classes that pie are square.”

The old boy turned pale, sputtered and shouted, “Lord help us!. Ma, they have done ruined our son in that big city school. We know for certain — and he used to know — that pie ain’t square. Pie are round.”

And so is the world.

What’s more, things seem to go better if a little good humor is added to the mix.

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