J. Edwin Fleming to his grandson Mike
In most cases, the differences are going to exist because you've been successful. You've worked hard and are able to do more for your kids more than your parents could do for you. Your parents, likewise, probably were able to do more for you than theirs did for them. Additionally, of course, technology has changed the picture a bit as we've come along. A THING my friend Morrison George brought into my office the other day brought all this to mind. What Morrison brought was written by J. Edwin Fleming for his grandson, Mike. J. Edwin Fleming is a past president of the Dallas County Bar Association, Morrison said, whose father preached on the Pecan Gap Circuit of the Methodist Church and whose brother (if I've got all this straight) is president of Southwestern University at Georgetown. What J. Edwin Fleming wrote goes like this: Dear Mike, Now a teenager I That's hard for me to believe. We all wish for you a very happy birthday and many of the same calibre throughout the year. Mark, age 10, is with us for a week, having arrived by plane Sunday afternoon. He visited us last year and we looked forward to his return visit. We hope to go fishing but are not yet sure whether we can make it. Would you like to know some of the things I had done and not done when I was your age? Here goes: Not Done r'Never heard a radio, much less TV. i*Never seen a picture show (or •movie). had taken a bath in a bath tub. ^N house. water piped into our never seen an electric refrigerator. ^ Never had heat in our house from natural gas. ^Never seen an airplane; had ridden train once. ^Much more. Had Done ^Trained a billy goat to pull a cart. ^Helped sell one gross cans of Cloverine salve to get a ' 'prize " — a .22 calibre rifle. ^Was present at target practice when neighbor's prize milch cow was killed by stray rifle bullet. •'Made a parachute and jumped off garage on test jump, nearly killing myself. ^Never made another parachute. ^Was shot by a BE gun and carried tlie pellet under left eye for years. ^Had learned to play dominoes and 4f. *• Had learned how to camp out in the woods with buddies and without adults present. ^Had hunted squirrels, rabbits, possums, coons, snakes, frogs and \ skunks (without success). r*Had skinned water moccasin (tube style), dried by filling with corn meal and fashioned into a belt. >*Had skinned pelts, mounted 'til cured (dry) and sold to a fur buyer. >^Had caught a two-pound bass (and a lot of cats) (fish). ^Had a dog named "Fuzz." Had taught him to "hunt" and climb a ladder into the loft of a barn. >-//ad been to Dallas once to the State Fair. Had 50 cents'allowance and rode the roller coaster, liked it so well I stayed on (at 10 cents a ride) until my money was gone. ^ Could ride a pony bareback as fast as he could run (never forgot "Madge"). >*Much more. All of this is to say that without things" I was having fun, nevertheless. Likewise, for you, "things" are okay, but not required for you to be a happy person. Loveya! Granddaddy Today In History Today's highlight in history: On Aug. 11, 1954, a formal peace announcement ended more than seven years of fighting in Indochina between the French and the Communist Vietminh. On this date: In 1857, the first Atlantic cable broke after 335 miles had been laid putting off work on the project until the next year. In 1929, Arabs launched attacks on Jews in Palestine in protest of Jewish use of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. . . In 1965, rioting and looting broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.