Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 4th!

Photo by Jackson Bouler

After debating whether or not to make this a wordless entry, other than the photo credit, I chose instead to say something.  My grandfather, Giuseppe Ferretti came to America from Italy in 1911. With little formal education, he worked by day as a barber for 63 years, but at night, he invented musical instruments, sculpted stainless steel, and of course, raised a family.  Although he never truly reached his full potential, his labors led the way for three successful children, and now many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who have opportunities he couldn't have even imagined.

Wasn't this exactly what the founding fathers intended when they talked about a country where people had the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?  For those who came before me, whose dedication and sacrifice ensured these freedoms, I thank them, and hope that my work as an educator will pass the torch to the next generation.

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