My mother had a theory that young people should retire when they graduate from high school, live life to the fullest, then start work at 40 and work till you die. I always thought that was kind of crazy, but she said I'd get it someday. When you get right down to it, that's not a bad idea, do everything you can while you're young and when you work, you will truly have experienced life and have a greater appreciation of life and everything in it. I realize this isn't my typical column, but bear with me, I'm getting there!
My generation (bubble gummers) was a prime example of what I'm talking about. Our motto is live for the moment and let the future unfold. That wasn't all bad, but along the way I realize I just didn't have it in me to appreciate the things that I do now. When I was 25, I could never have written these articles, didn't want to, didn't care about history, or God forbid, work in a MUSEUM! Museums are for old things, and I certainly thought they were boring!
And I must confess when I applied for my job at the museum, I didn't even know these facilities existed, let alone where they were. I had to ask for directions to get to my interview and I only live seven miles away! Now? Well that's another story. Into my 9th year here, I've come a long way. Of course I'm a long way on the other side of 25 too and hopefully I have learned to vary my appreciations of so many more things in life, such as the Grundy County Museum facilities. If you have not been here, I urge you to make the trip to Morrison. If you have, come and visit again. I just smile when first time visitors state after a tour of the facilities, "This is wonderful. I didn't even know this was here." It is wonderful. The one-room schoolhouse, the brick museum, the log cabin and the Ag Hall, all depict important aspects of our heritage. All of them are worth seeing and seeing again.
Visitors can walk right into the 1900 house and barn exhibit at the Grundy County Heritage Museum in
Yep, I've grown into my appreciation stage. As I said, I never would have had the desire to research and write these articles weekly. Too much like being back in school. That, like the museum, has brought me so much. I guess like my mom said, I'd get it someday and now I do, or at least I'm starting to!