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“Tomorrow” Is Really About HOPE

My Father grew up in foster care after my Grandmother died of tuberculosis and his Father couldn’t care for him.  He was one of four boys to be placed on a farm in rural America during the Great Depression.  He and his brothers were abused and treated like farm animals.  They ate their meals under the back porch of the house and were beaten.  There were no breaks, holidays or Christmas for them.  At sixteen my Father lied about his age and joined the Navy where he received medals for the wounds he sustained in World War II while maintaining his post in battle and under fire.

He was determined to give his children the life he never had.  Although money was tight we always had a vacation during the summer and celebrated Christmas and other holidays.  He taught us values.

My Father didn’t ask for much in return for his service to this country.  He just wished for a better life for his kids.

I worked my way through college.  My last two years were spent working 25 hours per week, commuting 180 miles per day where I graduated Magna Cum Laude.  My first career job was with Price Waterhouse, the largest auditing firm in the world.  I was able to see life from a whole different perspective.  But that life was not to be mine.  A childhood disease eventually claimed my eyesight.  

In my life I have known both the poor and the wealthy.  I know what it is like to have connections and seen the despair of those who don’t.

This election has been particularly painful to me.  To see the faces of those who care nothing about others has been hard.  The world of the homeless and the world of affluence have one thing in common.  They each have a hierarchy but there is no compassion for others.

To those of us who survive despite obstacles it isn’t about “getting stuff.”  It’s about hope.  We can live through today.  

It is the hope of tomorrow and a better life for our kids we live for.

Annie – Tomorrow (Movie)

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