reply to post by diggindirt
Excellent examples. But it sounds like you and I come from a different generation than most of the posters on here.
I graduated from High School in 1985. The expectation for me since I started Kindergarten was that I was to finish school. I was told that to get into
a good college that I had to take tougher classes, so I did. But the expectation was that I had to work hard to achieve something better, because I
was born and raised in poverty.
I didn't get to go into the military, but I tried. I was too short for any branch. But my brothers did and they served, even when Clinton's military
cuts affected them. But knowing what poverty was, I wasn't going to live in that any more. It was up to me. So I took those hard classes, because we
were told that it was better to get a C in the hard classes than get an A in the easy ones. And get this, I graduated very well, even with Dyslexia
and severe Dyscalculia. I can't count, by I made sure that I read War and Peace
when I was 13 years-old, simply because I was told it was a
big and difficult book. But I read it, even with the Dyslexia. It took me three months to get through it and when I was finished, I laid it down with
pride because I had accomplished something, myself.
Even with severe Dyscalculia, I still managed to teach my brother something about 2nd grade math. But you want to know what was the best thing I heard
from one of my siblings was? I was told by one brother that his interest in Physics was sparked by hearing me attempt to explain to my other brother
about math. These two brothers went on to achieve something greater, one retired a few years ago from the Navy as a 2nd Lieutenant. He chose to take
the hard road, he became a Medical Examiner in the Navy and worked at Walter Reed and Bethesda. Then he finished 12 years, took four years off for
university, went back into the Navy through Officer's Candidate School and used his degree in history from Northwestern University to study law in
the Navy, he became a JAG.
The other brother was in the Air Force, became a navigator and then went on to work at NASA and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He got his Physics
degree from University of Louisiana. Another brother who went into the Air Force got his degree from Indiana Wesleyan and now works for the State of
Indiana Department of Jobs and Family Services as the guy who represents the state in Medicaid hearings.
My youngest sister who was 13 years younger, listened to me tell her stories from whatever books I was reading. That sister today has published two
books, was a featured guest on a nationally syndicated radio show about economics, twice. And now this sister is assistant editor of a regional
magazine in Hamptons Road, Virginia.
Me, I worked and then was struck down by MS. But the one thing about my siblings and I, we came from the same deep poverty and grew up on welfare
because my dad refused to work. And he used the same excuses I hear people say today. But for people to try to tell me that they can't achieve
something because the government banks make it hard for them....well let me tell you, that brother who retired a few years ago, when he was in
Northwestern and married with a little girl, he worked three jobs and his wife left him because she thought he needed to be home more. He struggled to
get through college.
Now in my family are 3 with Master's Degrees, one is married to a man with a Master's Degree and the rest have worked hard for their children. So
don't tell me it's the government. My mom once asked my brother when he was a JAG in the Navy just how he managed to accomplish what he did, his
answer "I did the jobs no one else wanted to do" and worked his way up.