Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 21, 2014

RAY DAY: Our lives today are uncertain

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Where in God’s green earth has reasoning gone?

In my time here on earth, I have seen many things. There have been both great and scary things that happened to us as we move from babies to youngsters to grown-ups.

Many of us have been blessed with both parents living to a good age before God calls them home. We learn from those who came before us, and we tried to make our lives better by using the experience of others as a reason to do one thing or another.

In our family of seven boys and seven girls, Mom and Dad gave us the best they had, and bless them for that. We were taught that school was very important and good habits were needed to be better people.

For about 13 years of my life, we lived in a mixed neighborhood, and I think that it made us better people. Neighbors were very friendly, and most of them would give you the shirt off their backs whenever you needed help. Neighbors back then not only watched their children but also those of others.

We would sit out on the side porch, and Mom would tell us stories of her young days. Our friends there in that neighborhood enjoyed listening to her. She also would sit down at the piano and sing some songs with us, and every once in a while she would give out a laugh and tell us to sing with her. I know there were times when our mother would be very tired but she still did everything she could to make our young lives enjoyable ones.

I remember our first television. It was a great thing back then, and not everyone could afford one. So there were many times when our friends would drop in to watch with us. As I have said before, we were not poor, but money was tight and we did without many things others would be able to have because of what their parents had for jobs.

So at the age of 12, I took a paper route with this newspaper, and I had customers from Market to Delphos streets, west to east, and Taylor to North streets, south to north. I learned from that route to be able to have responsibility and to handle money as well as getting to know a lot of great customers. I did that until I went to Kroger as a stocker, then we moved out to the country.

There at Western, I met a great bunch of classmates and some of the best teachers I have ever known. So life for this once wavy haired young man has been a very happy one, and I wouldn’t change a thing. But today, it isn’t safe to sit out on the porch and go down to a friend’s house or even just driving around. Life is so uncertain these days as safety goes because the kids now are not getting the hard love much needed in today’s society.

So my thought is that an early curfew is needed so that young people would be where Mom and Dad have the say. Those who work evenings could be under another one because of their jobs.

Let’s stay safe and act civilly. You young people are a gift that can change the world. What you learn from others dictates your road to glory and prosperity. Simple but true.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.