Mojo thanks Tommy Howard and introduces a reporter

  • Friday, March 28, 2014

Mojo had that thoughtful look on his face. It was the look we all get when we look backward and forward at the same time. “You know, Jim I’m going to miss Tommy Howard. Even though my journalistic career began up in Rock Hill, it flourished under Tommy’s encouragement.” “Yep, Mojo, I’m going to miss him too. He understands the importance of a free press in our society and made sure that all voices in the community were heard. I wonder what he is going to do now?” “Word on the street is that he is going to be spending more time with his grandkids. He’s even thinking about introducing a journalism unit into pre K curriculum.” “Wow, that is great. Just think of all those young reporters fanning out across the county. I’m glad he will be spending time with his grandkids. Remember when John Spratt, our friend, the Congressman from Rock Hill, told us that the only thing in life not overrated is being a grandparent?” “I do. Jim, I’ve also been thinking about our future. Neither of us is getting any younger. At 15 1/2 I’m beginning to slow down and judging from what I hear Mary saying, you’ve lost a step or two yourself. So, I think its time for us to formally bring in a colleague to help us with columns.” “I bet I know who that is. Isabelle?” “You’ve got it. Isabelle the cat. She has already done a lot of our leg work for us. She is able to get into places we can’t go. And her network is even better than mine. There are more cats than dogs and people around here.” “That sounds like a plan. Over the next several weeks I’ll see if I can get her to pose with us so that readers can begin to get to know her. That will take some doing. You know how shy she is.”

Mojo laid down to take another nap. I couldn’t help but think what a wise canine he is. It is a powerful moment when we are able to look back and look forward at the same time. When we look back we know that we didn’t get to where we are in life without help. No one is truly a self made person or canine. We all stand on the shoulders of others. And when we look forward we know that we are mortal. Someday we will be the shoulders that someone else will remember standing on. It puts life into perspective. We are all capable of doing some good but we remain creatures and not Creator. The world would be a better place if we acted in that knowledge. So much grief is caused when folks act like the immortal Creator with all the answers


The Rev. Dr. Jim Watkins and Mojo


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