By Sherry Pasquarello/Senior Columnist/worldwidehippies.com
My daughter took my soon to be 14 year old granddaughter to see Joe Biden last night here in Pittsburgh. We are fans, I suppose you’d say. Yes, I know he isn’t perfect but he is a good man with a big heart so I’m not going to debate his failings. I know them. I’ve followed his career for decades. I’m a “BURGH” girl and he will always be a” Scranton boy” through and through; there isn’t much difference. Oh and Joe B. isn’t much older than me but that’s what a lot of folks have nicknamed him and I agree.
This is column is about our kids and grandkids. They haven’t had too many good role models when they look to politics or much else for that matter. Every day they see adults with what was a “What’s in it for me” attitude towards life that many times has sunk into, “I have mine. Fuck you”. It’s true, just look around. As for politics, even if you are a Trump supporter look at the images your kids are seeing on a daily basis. I know that I see folks in beautiful designer clothes living a lifestyle that few can achieve practically dictating that it’s their way or the highway; that power is everything I see no examples of any genuine kindness or words of any real meaningful value. Yes, I know in a sound bite world it’s harder but I remember the words of encouragement; the examples of compassion that we saw in a lot of our political figures pre and post Nixon that counterbalanced even those Nixonian days.
Teach your kids to tell the difference between empty platitudes and genuine speech. It will serve them well in life. Talk to them. They are seeing things on the television and hearing things at school that you may be surprised at. Teaching is an everyday thing; little snippets here and there. They listen even if you don’t think that they do. They listen the most when you don’t know that they are so be a good example of the adult you hope they will grow up to be.
I wish I had been able to go and listen to Joe Biden but I’m glad that my daughter could. I’m even happier that my granddaughter went and was excited to be there. My daughter posted on Facebook:
“Although I learned many things tonight, I feel this sums up the evening: We should all live our lives so that Joe Biden would never be disappointed in us.
Thanks for the hope for the future Joe.”
Hope for the future. Yep, I wish I had heard him but I’m glad that my granddaughter did.