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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker
per·spec·tive
/pər’spektiv/
a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

“most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective”

I was sitting here last week, feeling sorry for myself because I was on quarantine because of COVID-19. I had a sniffle and a sore throat, and I was tired and grouchy and upset that I couldn’t go to my office. 

Wahhhh. Since the start of the pandemic, 6137 people have tested positive in Douglas County, and 55 were positive when they died. It’s nasty, and some of the toughest people I know have been debilitated by it. 

What I should have been was grateful that my symptoms were mild and not life threatening. What I should have been was grateful that we live in the greatest country the world has ever known, with ready access to technology that was hardly imaginable 50 years ago, except for the Jetsons. Hanna-Barbera were all over that stuff 60 years ago. Smart watches? Yep, they had them. Flying cars? You bet. Flat screen TV’s? Sure. Rosie the Robot? Robots are here to stay and help, at least for now. I’m watching you, Cyberdyne Systems. No Skynet in these parts, capiche? Drones? Holograms? Tablets? video calls? Check, check, check and check. 

Now for my next “Gee, I’m old” moment. The Jetsons was set in 2062. That’s only 40 years away, meaning my kids and their kids will be around then. Ouch.

But I digress. Because that’s what I do when I’m allowed to spill these random thoughts out on paper. 

Through the miracles of modern technology, I was able to meet students via zoom. I maintained constant communication with my boss and students through email. Heck, I even attended a few video conferences. All while keeping friends, students, colleagues and family safe through the wonders of today’s tech. I should be grateful, indeed.

For a final word on perspective, my front-page article this week is about a Villa Grove girl and her family’s need for help.

This little girl hasn’t rolled many 7’s or 11’s in her life, but she and her family constantly demonstrate a resolve, without seeking pity, that’s hard to put into words.

Perspective? You’re danged right. In the words of one of my colleagues, it’s time for me to suck it up, buttercup. My struggles pale in comparison to about 99 percent of the world’s population, and all it took was one tough little girl to show me that, again.

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