From The Storyteller
Hello All: Today is launch day! You tube video link to the narrated version is https://youtu.be/QEao74NcQug. Both reading the story and watching it makes me smile. Enjoy. Doug
“They keep the grass mowed, eat poison ivy, and give milk for great cheese”, Elaine to a friend who was considering buying a goat. Hearing those few words gave me a whole new appreciation for goats. Which brings me to a tour I took of the SAS shoe factory in San Antonio. That short tour gave me a whole new appreciation for shoes. The magic of their shoe making begins with a single piece of leather (cowhide). Then that single piece is cut, stitched, glued, and pressed with the result being a pair of shoes.
Thinking about shoes caused me to reflect on my early 1960’s high school gym class and the classic KEDS I wore. KEDS came in high-top white and high-top black and were required for this mandatory gym class. I don’t remember being able to run faster or jump higher, but I do recall being forcefully reminded (read here running laps) that my engineer-boots (60’s fad) were not allowed on the gym floor.
Now our school had two gyms. A “big” one (with showers), which was kept pristine for basketball and volleyball games, and a poorly ventilated “small” one (with no showers) for the everyday gym classes. With approximately 1500 boys scheduled for the mandatory gym class, we only had a standard 45-minute class to change into gym shorts and tee shirts, do the gym stuff, and change back.
This was repeated in that gym eight times a day, Monday through Friday, and this of course caused me to consider the men, who were my high school gym coaches. Just thinking about them spending all day in that poorly ventilated room, filled with the smell of sweaty teenage boys leads me to a powerful conclusion.
Those guys were tough!
Moral: Appreciation for those from our past is appropriate.