I could hear the tapping of my shoes against the light lit room floor, the squeking of the only open chair in the room. I looked up at the man sitting across from me. "I'm guessing you don't know why you are here," I whispered to the man.
"No why am I here?" George Washington, one of our Founding Fathers, replied.
"You are here to learn about America in the future."
"What about it?"
"Oh, just how we have women's rights and debts too far over our heads and a small metal box that has taken over peoples' minds," I said. I shuffled through some papers on the desk next to the chair.
"But, how?" he asked, as if not understanding the words I just said.
"Please hold your questions until the end."
We've heard this hundreds of times since the 1990's. Though the Founding Fathers would have not heard of this at the time, now women have rights claiming they can vote, run for president, own land and even go to college. Women are now counted as people. That is a big difference in America since our Founding Fathers first started this country.
Debts Over Our Heads.
Did we ever think about our money? NO! Our founding fathers would be shocked by our debt in America. They would have never imagined seeing over 16 trillion dollars let alone owning it, leaving it to be paid by our childern and grandchildren. From our lawyers to our farmers, the people are struggling to feed the debt of our government. This is causing the people to blame the very government our Founding Fathers created.
The Founding Fathers would be shocked over phones, computers, email, and other electronics becoming a needed thing in people's lives. They would say that people are missing the beauty in life and earth to a lit up peice of metal.
"I don't think America is what you wanted it to be, but we can fix it in the best of ways. Some people are trying to, but others are not. So is this what you wanted it to be?"
"I'm sorry, but this is discussion is going to have to be cut short. I have another meeting soon, but maybe next time we can talk about how our country has changed for the better. It was nice talking to you Mr. Washington."
As I grabbed my papers and exited the room, the door closed. I could see the confused and disappointed look on his face.
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.