Passing the torch, hoping for the best

Upon turning three score in years...

We cannot stop youth. As much as we try, they are our sons and daughters, daily blazing new trails into the future.

I like to think that I can supply a brake to their excesses. I like to think that my advice is worth something and will take root in their quick brains.

My only consolation is that one day, they will be me.

Quoting Mark Twain: "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

Russ Ostlund


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