Mother’s Day, a Couple of Words of Wisdom to the Class of 2020, and Little Richard
It is also the time of the year in which I give some words of wisdom to graduates. However, graduation ceremonies across the country are being cancelled because of the pandemic. Consequently, I will not have my annual graduation speech in An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox. Nevertheless, I wish all graduates to be safe. Also, good luck because you will need it more now than ever. Not only are you coping with a pandemic, you are now confronting Great Depression II. Perhaps not since the Greatest Generation (the people who grew up during Great Depression I and World War II) have young people confronted so many hardships in so short of a period of time. In the 1997 The Fourth Turning, the authors William Strauss and Neil Howe describe people your age as the Hero generation. Like your great-grandparents, you are going to be more heroic than Superman and Wonder Woman to successfully resolve the calamities facing you.
Finally, so long Little Richard. Not only you were a great singer and so flamboyant you made Michael Jackson and Prince look like Wally Cleaver and Greg Brady, you put the rock and roll in rock and roll. Good Golly Miss Molly and Long Tall Sally, you will be missed.
Joe’s Maybe Memorable Quote of the Day
Education is for the birds if you’re an owl.