October 01, 2023

THE LIST: ‘No man stands taller...”

I really like the quote in the cartoon I chose for this week’s paper. It’s from Abraham Lincoln, saying, “No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” That’s a good one for this time of year.

We just gave three hoorays for teachers a few weeks ago. It should have been 50. Our teachers today go through a lot and handle it well time and time again.

Now the attention shifts elsewhere for the summer. Our community’s kids don’t have a shortage of things to do. Take a look at the event briefs in the paper or look on social media. There are a plethora of camp options for kids. I know that when I was a kid, Vacation Bible School and the county fair were my favorite two weeks of the year. There are probably a few more things kids can do with their summer than when I was that age, but I’m sure their experience isn’t far from what mine was.

My point is that like in baseball when you play small ball and a sacrifice bunt moves runners around or scores them, we all have a part to play in giving these kids a good summer, no matter how big or small the role is. Whether it’s employing some of the older ones at our businesses, being a lifeguard at the pool, volunteering to judge at the fair or volunteering our time to help with one of the many camps going on, it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Speaking of the pool, it opened last weekend here in Greenfield. There’s been a lot the community has gone through to work in getting it open this year. Great job to all involved. It will be fun to watch the summer unfold and see what’s in store after this summer for the pool. It’s a historic facility with a special place in a lot of people’s hearts, going back in time, and even now. Hopefully more hot weather like we’ve had will go a long way.

“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” It would be good for us all to keep that in mind throughout this summer.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.