February 1, 2017, Prescott-
The Mini-Month is now upon us, with groundhogs galore waiting to be yanked out of the ground, tomorrow. I know there will be many enlightening programs and articles about African-Americans, this month, but I think people should be fully honoured for their place in America’s story, and the stories of the world, EVERY month, and regardless of ethnicity. Still, I’m glad the stories are getting out there. Too many people still think Blacks, Native Americans, Latinos, Irish-Americans, and even women, collectively, are making up, or exaggerating, the past, because “things aren’t so bad for ________________ NOW!” We have to know our history, and know it well, for the very reason that too many people see things on the surface, and have short memories.
The Italian martyr, Valentino, has become a symbol of unconditional love and thus a day devoted to love- and romance- has taken the English form of his name. St. Valentine’s Day falls on a work day, Tuesday, this year. I will be giving the same unconditional love to my students that I offer, every day.
The following weekend will be Presidents’ Day, ostensibly to honour two of our greatest Chief Executives: Washington and Lincoln, and, by extension, those of our presidents who have not harmed our nation. Who they are, remains a matter of intense debate. I have my opinion, but will not get into that, here.
Aram will leave for South Korea, in about a week. I will be at San Diego International Airport, to see him off. Then, each of us will get on with our respective duties, and other aspects of our lives. For him, there will be some familiar aspects, as he was born, and spent his first three years of life, in Jeju, and shore duty will be more of a routine, than sea duty. For me, the regimen will continue at school, the American Legion honours World War II’s Four Chaplains, my work for the Baha’i Faith goes on, and new outdoor adventures will present themselves- Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, the Verde Valley’s Limekiln Trail and, a slightly-delayed visit to Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park, in Yarnell.
It looks to be a fascinating 28 days.