Up Fools Hill, down Memory Lane, across time

By Wheeler Pounds
Posted 7/25/18

In the coming weeks and months we will publish a column written by Wheeler Pounds. Initially, he will introduce the subjects on which the articles will be based. The world has changed during Wheeler’s lifetime of 80 years, and he will be analyzing some of these changes in an attempt to ascertain whether or not they have been beneficial, detrimental, or have had no significant impact on society as a whole.

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Up Fools Hill, down Memory Lane, across time

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In the coming weeks and months we will publish a column written by Wheeler Pounds.  Initially, he will introduce the subjects on which the articles will be based. The world has changed during Wheeler’s lifetime of 80 years, and he will be analyzing some of these changes in an attempt to ascertain whether or not they have been beneficial, detrimental, or have had no significant impact on society as a whole.

In introducing himself, Wheeler does so in order to assist the reader to better understand his perspective in his writings. Coming from a modest upbringing, he maintains that life is what one makes it to be. Even though one considers that they are living in a small world, there are opportunities to broaden horizons and enlarge one’s world as far as is so desired. 

There are some 26 categories which will be examined with an attempt to scrutinize the changes, if any, that have occurred in the 80 years of Wheeler’s lifetime. There are very few things which have not been impacted by changing times. He has identified many of them and describes the changes as he views them.

Today’s elderly individuals who have lived through this period of change will be able to identify with much of what they read in these writings. For younger readers, a world which they have never known will be described. Their world, however, is also on the fast track to change, and in a short time the old will be relegated to the history books, and the uncertain future will be written.  

In life there will be challenges that all must face. Wheeler cites the climb up Fool’s Hill to be one of the first challenges a young person must face. Life is a constant learning experience and he cautions that it is very important to choose a path up Fool’s Hill that will offer the least resistance as the climb is made. Many need assistance as they face the trials of life. One wrong step may cause disaster; therefore, it is important to realize that there is a guide book to follow, inspired by the one who created us, and there are people who are ready to offer assistance should it be needed.

The longer our life, the more significant events are created for our walk down Memory Lane. There will always be things that will be best forgotten, but an ideal stroll down Memory Lane conjures up pleasant thoughts as we retrace some of our days which should not be forgotten. We can look back and cherish those noteworthy events which make for a pleasurable life.

Days will come and go, and we must accept the fact that every day is important, and we must take advantage or the precious gift of time. Time moves on, whether or not we are ready for it. As we look back across time in this column we find ourselves to have been helpless to alter its course.

This is the reason that we should always be prepared to accept that over which we have no control. Many changes occur when we are unaware of them, and we often are surprised at the impact they create. Time stops for no one or anything, so we must learn to take advantage of every day that is afforded us. 

Everyone has a story to tell. They will all be unique to the individual, and all are worthy to be told. It would be priceless if there could have been a life’s story written on every tombstone in the many cemeteries where our dead lies buried. Currently, a name, date of birth, and date of death, is all that is revealed regarding the individual buried there.  Relatives of those who are named on the tombstone visit the grave, and their own personal memories of the deceased are recalled, while others who did not know the departed individual are only made aware of the name of the one buried there. If every cemetery had kept a personal history of those who are buried there, it would be a valuable asset for future generations. We all know that this is only a pipe dream but, hopefully, this will be an incentive for others to leave something about themselves so that future generations will better understand their heritage. In a trilogy that was written by Wheeler, he attempted to show the significance of leaving a personal journal for the benefit of future generations.

It is his intention to record his story for the readership of this publication, and for future generations. He will attempt to describe the world in which he lived, the changes, and the quest for answers to what tomorrow may bring. He invites you to travel with him as he recalls his climb up Fool’s Hill, his trek down Memory Lane as he travels through 80 years of time.