The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Being “A-Scared”

On February 8th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

scared child“Out of the mouths of babes,” the old saying goes. Join that adage with “Kids say the darnedest things,” and you’ve got the makings for something that is usually thought-provoking or funny — many times both.

My youngest, as a toddler (she is now north of her mid-20s), would say she was “a-scared.” Sort of a marriage of “afraid” and “scared.” Whether it be an odd noise or a wild imagination or some dream that didn’t contain lollipops and cuddly things, some things made her “a-scared.” I must confess, it was so cute to hear her say it that I enjoyed it when that weird creaking of the house in the dead of night would occur. I’d hear those little feet moving along the hardwood at a fevered pace. I knew within scant moments, I’d get a chance to do what dads do best. We’d hear, “I’m a-scared” as she began scaling the side of the bed, followed by a big hug as she snuggled in between us for the rest of the night. Good times.

With age, a whole lot of “a-scared” goes away. In fact, when monsters and wild imaginations are dispensed with due to age, we settle in to being “a-scared” of real things. We fight irrational thought with functional rationality. “A-scared” is less literal and replaced with measured apprehension over what may become a problem if not appropriately addressed. That said, I am still very much “a-scared” by the following call from the other room — “Poppy, Evie stinks. I think she needs her diaper changed.” Beyond that, fear takes a back seat to fixing the issue at hand.

I was listening to a radio show the other day as I moved about our fair city. I don’t usually listen to one station very long, as there is a commercial every couple of minutes. Commercials are my cue to move on to another spot on the dial. I usually end up punching buttons like I was playing a piano. On this day, I hung with the conversation through a couple of poorly produced commercial spots because, quite frankly, I was “a-scared” by the nature of the discussion.

The young college grads invited to be on-air had resigned themselves to the fact that the opportunities afforded them were few and far between. Success was more of a pipe dream than a reality. They were serious. The towel had been thrown in. OMG!

Culpability for such a defeated attitude can be passed around to many, but how was the greatest country in the world, built on freedom and God’s gracious gift of the free will to succeed, derailed to the point that apathy is now the character trait that prevails?

I suggest that these young people, and their entire generation, remind themselves of the quote credited to the head of the U.S. Patent Office, Mr. Charles Duell, who in 1899 uttered, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

That kind of thinking “a-scares” me.

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