Arts, Crafts, Music, & Events of Breckinridge County Issue 8, January 2016 - Page 35

Switzerland, a yacht or a limousine, or appear in the nightly news cast. However, most people learn to be a good deal like mules. Most people learn to put their heads down and get a job done. They learn to go to work and earn a living for their families; they learn responsibility. Most people learn if they get a mate, they have to work at that relationship for it to survive. Most learn if they have a child, it is at least a 20-year obligation. Most learn a pet is not only a fun thing that comes to you when called, but, also a living creature to be cared for and respected as a worthy creature its whole life. Most learn community mindfulness, neighborliness, thankfulness, and manners. Almost all learn if you want to eat, you have to work, and if you want clean, neat clothes you have to wash and press them (or get a wife to do it for you). Most learn if you have a vehicle and you want it to run, it needs to be taken to the station for gas and upkeep, and if you have possessions you want to find again, you will have to be responsible enough to put them where they belong, if you want shelter, you have to pay rent or mortgage, and if they want friends, they have to treat others as they want to be treated. Racehorses and famous people tend to be creatures that others have to wait on and do normal things for them; neither one normally does much hard physical labor. Most have one thing that they do well, they look extremely good only for a short time, and they are ready to return to their stalls or penthouses after about an hour of working themselves. They are also very high strung and very high maintenance. It is the people that have the stick and stay of mules that normally accomplish much in this world. They are the ones that usually make the world operate as we have become accustomed to daily. They are the ones that form the relationships that last, that go off to war to fight for the freedoms that many others do not know the value of, raise the children that later become responsible adults, the ones that care for aged