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Tag: Jim Rinck
By Kevin Rex Heine, Section News
From as far back as I can remember, up until the summer before my freshman year of high school, my paternal grandparents lived two houses down from the house where I grew up (and where my parents still live). Having raised six children of their own, they were well-equipped to assist my mom and dad when such assistance was needed, including teaching object lessons to their grandchildren as necessary.
One such lesson that I remember well occurred when I walked into my mom's kitchen complaining that my brothers' and sister's bedrooms were absolute pig stys. Because my mom was busy (canning vegetables if I remember correctly), my gran-ma - who was assisting - offered to take a look. Sure enough, standing there in the upstairs hall, she was looking right through a pair of already-open doors into bedrooms for which the description of "disorganized" would have been charitable. However, it also occurred to her to open the door to my bedroom and see what might be seen. While my bedroom was noticeably tidier, it was nowhere close to her exacting standards.
This observation was followed by my grandmother fixing me with a no-nonsense look and saying rather sternly, "I should think, young man, that before you go complaining about someone else's room, you ought to first make sure yours is clean." Point made; lesson learned; end of conversation.
And now, to apply that lesson, we should grab some coffee and duck below the fold.
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