Teaching an Old Dog

I got very upset with the bitter election we have just gone through and was so upset with the results that I truly wanted to leave the country.  I have been through many elections in my 84 years and thought I was so right until I read my Grandson’s post on his face book page.  He is a fine young man and has never tried to tell me what to think or to get with the new ideas or anything of that sort but when I read this I felt ashamed of myself.  He has really taught this “Old Dog” a new trick.  He taught me to be a good American and give a person a chance to show what he can do for our country.  Here is his message to us all
Landen Petts
23 hrs ·
Yes people, every single president comes with their own ideology. Some may agree, some won’t. People disagreed with Obama and got mad about it, now, people that disagree with Trump are mad about it. Nothing changes because every election it’s the same thing — Media hype followed by people putting a knife to each other’s throats. I may disagree with Trump but i’m willing (and unless there’s a revolution) not only willing but I kind of have to accept it. It’s a sad state of realization in America when people are more willing to run in fear or end relations with family members and friends over who they support and vote for rather then fight for what they believe in. Our great country was founded on FIGHTING, standing up for what you believe, not tucking your tail when it gets hard.
We all fail, stumble, and fall — what matters is that we pick ourselves back up and try again. President George Washington was 22 and serving in the English army as a officer that was sent out to fight the French and Native Americans – he suffered a couple of defeats, but he kept going. Onto the Revolution and there’d be even more defeats, but thankfully he kept going or else we might not be living in the great country of oppurtunity we have today. I’ve learned that if we hold people to this never achievable bar of perfection that we’ll pick them apart every time they fail, understand that no one is or ever will be perfect and be there to help guide them when they fall.
Trump has had some shortcomings, Trump wasn’t the greatest business man but through all of his failings he persisted, for every story against him, there are some that praise him. If you don’t like him, give him a chance, if you can’t stand him and truly think he is evil incarnate… well you’re going to have to accept it unless you start the revolution, and with all the people that are against Trump trying to move to Canada, your neighbor to the south will still have Trump as President. Trump is OUR president and i’ll support his rights and argue against his wrongs. Arguing and fighting gives way to new ideas – sometimes destroys old ideas. Our forefathers were not perfect people who agreed on everything, but rather people who ripped each other apart but in the end helped guide each other. Trump asked us to help guide him, let’s do that.

God Bless you Landen!!

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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1 Response to Teaching an Old Dog

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    How wise Landen is! I still don’t want to see Mr. Trump on every television channel most of the day but it, too, shall pass!

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