It was Mark Twain who once said about his father, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
I came across Mark Twain’s quote the other day and it brought to mind one of those “back in the day” memories. It was 1955 and I was a sophomore in high school. My dad helped me purchase my first car, a 1951 Chevy from a friend of his. I was able to support my auto addiction with a part time job, at the neighborhood grocery store. At 16, I was living the American dream. I had cash in my pocket, a Chevy, and, back then, that made you a local celebrity. Gas was 23 cents a gallon and 5 burgers cost a dollar at the A&W Drive In. Putting the finishing touch on my ride, I took it to Earl Scheib, where I got it painted for $29.95.
For my dad, it wasn’t about fancy paint or all the goodies I was putting on the car to make it a “chick magnet.” He was all about being practical. He told me to buy a tow rope so if I broke down, someone could pull me to a garage. I, of course, ignored that idea because I had better ways to fritter away my money. Then, one day while showing off, the engine blew up. I walked to a phone booth to call dad for help. He said, get your tow rope ready. You guessed it. I got a real tongue lashing that I’ve never forgotten.
So, what does this have to do with Bread of Life? Life Skills Academy will open soon where our guests, and those wanting to better their lives, will receive instruction on ways to adapt and succeed during difficult times.
Be assured, everyone at some point, will need the 21st century equivalent of a tow rope.