I Kissed the Girl at School (Memories of an Octogenarian)
Today’s little girls still want to be princesses and little boys will naturally gravitate to playing war and competitive games and sports - often to impress a girl – “loving pure and chaste from afar.”
Today’s little girls still want to be princesses and little boys will naturally gravitate to playing war and competitive games and sports - often to impress a girl – “loving pure and chaste from afar.” I still remember picking a fight with a kid in order to impress Carol McGovern who I had a crush on in 6th grade - got the hell beat out of me as she walked by. Life lesson learned as Ken and I became friends. At least kissing Donna Hoffman in 1st Grade didn't get me expelled, but surely chastised by Sister Mary Bernice!
That's when we took our jackknives to school to play "Knives" - flipping the knife to get it to stick in the ground upright within a ring scratched on the ground. Later in high school we played a stupid game of spreading out our fingers on a table while another kid stabbed between the fingers. He lost if he missed and stabbed a finger. A little bloodshed brought that nonsense to an end. It didn’t need a zero tolerance “progressive” Principal to expel us. Plinking in the fields with our Daisy Red Ryder BB guns and 22’s was a regular occurrence. We had sense enough not to shoot at each other after we carried our “weapons” down the street to the vacant fields.
Sadly, girls' sports can be venues for unhealthy relationships. My granddaughters were high school All Area Water Polo and Soccer respectively - both offered full boat college scholarships. Neither followed up, opting for academics - and both like boys! Personally, I had mixed emotions because they are outstanding players. Today’s moral climate opens the door for predators of either sex at both the high school and college levels. There are scary stories in the underground that surface occasionally that should cause a young lady and her parents to be alert.
Society does impose standards on its children. During the Feminist – ERA -Movement of the 1970’s, Hillary was writing essays about her hero Saul Alinsky and her mentors like Mary Jo Bain and Betty Friedan convinced her that children must be raised by the state to “make it fair.” Boys have suffered mightily from misguided political correctness. They are punished for being boys instead of guided to risk taking, right behavior and conscience development. How can a “progressive” with no moral foundations teach a young boy or girl anything about righteousness?
Academia's contribution of political correctness led to the end of morality and intelligent discourse. Only the “progressive” view may be heard and only by “progressive” speakers who place no value on the sanctity of human life at any stage of development or passing.
We have different views on diversity and how to deal with sexual feelings. Diversity by race and ethnicity are part of what made the USA great as a constitutional republic. Yet that is a very minor part of the national greatness equation.
True diversity gets its greatest expression because of our Declaration of Independence - "....endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights..." Our true diversity is the infinite endowment of gifts, talents and opportunities - regardless of race, ethnicity, or social status. America is special because men and women - even kids have the opportunity to rise above their economic or social station in life by discovering and exercising their infinitely diverse gifts and talents. The term “education” is a derivation of the Latin “educere” – which means “to draw out.” “Progressives” are only interested in “pounding in” their strange views.
We can all fail over and over, then succeed without being relegated to some dust bin. If we never succeed financially, at least “we will never be found among those cold and timid souls who have tasted neither victory nor defeat.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Has anyone besides me noticed the inordinate number of blacks with lucrative jobs in sports, advertising, music and acting? Go with what works and quit complaining.
What does this have to do with kissing Donna? Aren’t we are all endowed with some level of sexual drive? The more feminine a man, the more likely he will find himself in the arts, clergy, decorating, creating things of beauty and style. When he's tempted to seek satisfaction from another male, his offset is the cold shower of intense application of his gifts and talents - even as a football player. The mob will try to convince us otherwise.
For the more masculine female, there is a strong tendency to service - nursing, religious orders, police work, sports, etc. On the extreme ends of what I call a "Creativity/Service-Sexuality Scale" are the femme fatale and the macho man. If they ever met, they’d likely kill each other.
We all fall somewhere in between but are also drawn to the exercise of our counterbalancing gifts and talents. Our sexual inclinations outside the natural law norm of married man and woman in covenant with God and each other can be daunting. There is a path that leads to greater progress in the broad exercise of our collective and diverse talents. These serve the community, the nation and the individual far better than moral license and depravity so prevalent today.
Biblically, the solution is clearly defined in 1Corinthians 10:12–22 – “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
We still have a choice to flip things around and restore true beauty in our lives while rescuing it from the sewer of debt and depravity we find it in today. Our nation under God was organized with that in mind.
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.