By Connie Pillsbury, Opinion Columnist
Fall brings a way of calm, of cooler, shorter, days and domestically, occasions centered on our historical past—Colony Days, Pioneer Days, and Thanksgiving. Historically, it’s a season of harvest, of gathering. For me, it evokes a way of nostalgia.
Final week we discovered the 1922 report card for my mother-in-law, born in 1916 in Jamestown, New York. Her light report card is 100 years previous, however the qualities and rules listed on the little printed and folded cardstock are revealing of the period and are an apt reminder of who we as soon as had been and who we are actually.
The primary aspect of the folding card lists 2nd grade ‘Class Work’ with every quarter’s grades written in black fountain ink within the applicable field. Nevertheless it’s the second aspect of the cardboard, ‘Citizenship,’ that I discover to be considerably profound.
The cardboard states Citizenship—‘Object: To develop an appreciation of what it means to be an American citizen thereby making a need to fulfill intelligently the alternatives and to discharge faithfully the duties of such Citizenship.’
Underneath Citizenship, there are eight classes. I discover every to be poignant and relevant when considered from the 12 months 2021.
Manners lists ‘Courtesy to academics, Kindness to associates, Consideration for rights of others, Cleanliness and civility of speech, Cheerfulness.’
Obedience delineates ‘Respect for legislation, order and authority, Willingness to answer instructions.’
The part entitled Dependableness consists of ‘Truthfulness, Honesty and Self Management.’
Workmanship covers ‘Fascinated by work, Effort to do the very best work.’ That is adopted by Respect for Property, ‘Care of constructing, furnishings and books, Consideration for property of others, Care of personal property.’
Patriotism stresses ‘Curiosity in neighborhood welfare, Willingness to render public service.’
Reverence, ‘Angle towards issues sacred.’
Rounding off the Citizenship aspect of the cardboard is Attendance, ‘Regularity, Punctuality.’
What I see on this easy Quarterly Report from Plattsburgh Public Colleges is the expectation that kids can be taught what’s Good, Proper, and True. These are the identical qualities we need immediately from our household, our neighbors, and our leaders, isn’t it? Don’t all of us have some kind of inside understanding and sense of what’s actually Good, Proper, and True? I imagine we do.
So, let this little report card be a reminder to ‘do your greatest work,’ be reliable, attempt ‘for cheerfulness,’ discover a church the place you may be reverent, handle your loved ones and your property, run for the varsity board or train your grandkids.
And together with that, bake an apple pie. Now that’s Good, Proper, and True.
Connie Pillsbury is an unbiased opinion columnist for The Atascadero Information and Paso Robles Press; you’ll be able to electronic mail her at email@example.com.