Dear little grandchildren
What have you learned about the constitution?
Basically it’s all about how to live as a free man under democracy.
It’s a hefty subject for you now
Believe me, it’s more important than your games
And more serious than your fashion.
People stake their lives to defend it
And people can go to jail if anyone mess with it
What do you know about climate change?
Hal’s generation knows a few things
With absolute certainty:
It has changed for the worst and all caused by man.
Clean air and fresh water have become the scarce commodities.
You may or may not need God
But you do need Earth
For it’s the one and only source of air and water.
Do you have any idea
What it’s like to be poor and hungry?
There are kids around you who skip lunches
And have no homes to go to.
Never take your eyes off the world around you
For you are involved in mankind.
Learn from John Donne, the16th century English poet,
What it means.
Have you pondered
On the meanings of kindness and decency.
According to Aesop,
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Listen to him.
It can mean a great deal to someone around you.
Sooner than you realize,
You will get your first driver’s license
Your college degree
And your own family.
Whatever you do,
Take the high ground
And have lots of fun along the way.
(Sent to me from a high school classmate in Korea)