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Re: “Remembering Rosey

Was in the process of posting (and maybe posturing) before I saw this worthy advice. :-)

Posted by Frances on 06/25/2010 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Remembering Rosey

Please forgive any confusion - my comment of 6/25/2010, 6:23 PM was directed @'s of 6/25/2010, 5:26 PM

Posted by Frances on 06/25/2010 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Remembering Rosey

The comparison and contrast above is a little too simplistic.
The shape, texture and complexion of what we've learned becomes lost as though you've taken a photograph and turned it on its edge to get a clearer view.
Exposure to different experiences, ability to view things from a variety of perspectives, and the ability to actually communicate, convey and demonstrate something in new and innovative ways (even if these are abstract concepts like fairness and humility and social intelligence) so that another may also see things in from this new perspective, is a gift few of us recieve and even fewer of us have to give. This is what Rosey represents and was to me. I saw it, and I learned from it, I used and use it. I was there. Not as close as others but close enough to have benefited from concepts, ideas, and beliefs that were made manifest in our lives in different ways. I saw it manifest in a slightly different way again last weekend.
We cannot all be iconoclastic or stand out as remarkable or different from the vast majority of other people who say "it can't be done."
(And, most of us who were around or knew Rosey might describe him that way - an iconoclast,) but it's a remarkable gift to have known and been influenced by him, to share a particular time and space and to have participated in a defining moment for many generations of us and against all odds.
We learned, in part, that "it," whatever "it" may be, can be done given a willingness to see, ample opportunity to do, and exposure to the experiences of other people, places, and situations that makes this world complex but also so rich.
It's a spirit thing. You kind of have to "be" there (or be going there.) But you can read about it -- it's eloquently expressed by an inscription at the Commemorative Gardens at Little Rock Central High.

Posted by Frances on 06/25/2010 at 6:23 PM


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