A Kinder and Gentler Nation

I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning.

Former President George H.W. Bush

I remember when he asked for a kinder and gentler nation, and for all of us to be a thousand points of light by volunteering in our communities. He leaves behind a legacy of service and a reminder for all of us to bring hope to those who may have lost it.

Don’t you miss living in a time when our leaders said things like this? A time when more of us looked to unite, instead of to divide?

I mostly remember the kinder, gentler, points of light thing due to Dana Carvey’s impression of Bush on Saturday Night Live, and through my friend, Woody, who could impersonate Dana Carvey impersonating President Bush PERFECTLY! Which pretty much sums up what I was doing in 1989…I was laughing.

HW was a modest man who never did a victory dance. He was a man just following advice from his mother. A good mother!

A huge crevice exists between this Bush-man and our current government leader. Even if it was only the speech writers who were inspiring, it is still a devastating loss that this call to kindness no longer defines our nation.

There is mourning indeed. I wish I knew how we got so far from unity as a whole.

Let’s try to follow this example of humanity as we traverse our new normal.


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