What have we done to ourselves? I can well remember that cars at high school were not of the late model types. Mostly old pickups, some with sideboards and ropes tied on the side, along with baling wire. There were gun racks with at lease a .22 in them. No one minded then. We were taught better than to use a gun on someone.
We didn’t like all our teachers, but we didn’t sit in their classes and show disrespect to them. We didn’t want to go to the Principal’s Office. If we did, we’d be in big trouble when we got home. The bad ones got expelled and no one wanted to be a bad one.
We had assemblies, where we had prayer and pledge allegiance to our country. Don’t know if there were some that didn’t bow their heads, as most of us had ours bowed and eyes closed. We didn’t skip the word God in the pledge, either.
Oh, we're not all angels, and there were times when we put beer under culverts and had a hot one on Friday night. Or, we got into Grandpa Klanner's homemade wine! But, drugs were aspirin and such.
We stood and removed cover and put our hands over our hearts when Old Glory passed by. We didn’t have to be told to be quiet during the prayer or the National Anthem at a football game. We were taught better.
We’d sit on tailgates on the square after the picture show was out. We’d honk at cars that passed, but always had an ear to the courthouse clock. Twelve, midnight was considered LATE ENOUGH.
So, where and when did we get ourselves in such a pickle? Don’t know what you believe and really don’t want to start pointing fingers. However, when they took prayer and the paddle out of schools, it all started going down hill. So, now we think that someone “Owes” us a handout! I really don’t think so.
P.S. I’m Down The Drain Jane, and I approve of this message!