I won’t lie and say it’s always been easy, but I can pretty much say it’s always been fun. Why? Because of you the readers! I get some wonderful feedback regarding this column of normally around 500 words. I feel like Sally Field at the Oscars, when she received her Oscar and told the audience, “You really like me!”. More often than not, I receive feedback on this column at least three times (maybe more) as much as any article or story I write. That really just blows me away! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

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Dawn Teer

 

I’ve been writing this column for three years and about four months now. That’s just crazy to me. There have probably been about six or seven weeks during that time when it was not run due to various reasons, but all in all I can say I’ve been pretty consistent.

 

I won’t lie and say it’s always been easy, but I can pretty much say it’s always been fun. Why? Because of you the readers! I get some wonderful feedback regarding this column of normally around 500 words. I feel like Sally Field at the Oscars, when she received her Oscar and told the audience, “You really like me!”. More often than not, I receive feedback on this column at least three times (maybe more) as much as any article or story I write. That really just blows me away! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

 

When I started this, I didn’t really know how it would shape up or even what I would write about. I didn’t really want it to be a political column, or a general gripe column. No, I wanted it to make people smile, to think and sometimes even laugh out loud (lol) or shake my head (smh). I made that my duty to the reader. Now there’s a word that you don’t hear a lot of anymore.

 

Recently, I attended a meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The speaker was Susan Veal, who spoke on, yes you guessed it, duty. She told many short stories about various people, many heroes and why they did the things they did. It was, she told the audience because they had a duty to do whatever. The reason men signed up for war after Pearl Harbour was hit by the Japanese, duty. The reason a group of farmers harvested an ill farmers’ crop when he couldn’t, duty.

 

Duty, according to Webster’s Dictionary means  (1a): conduct due to parents and superiors :  respect filial duty and obedience — John Locke. (2a) :  obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one's position (as in life or in a group) was his duty to support his family Her primary duty at the meeting was to take attendance. performs a variety of administrative duties  b (1) :  assigned service or business was put on kitchen duty jury duty (2) :  active military service returning from duty overseas (3) :  a period of being on duty report for duty at 7 a.m. (3a) : a moral or legal obligation felt it was their duty to help (b):  the force of moral obligation will be ready when duty calls (4):    tax; especially :  a tax on imports a 15 percent duty (5a) :  work 1ab (1) :  the service required (as of an electric machine) under specified conditions (2) :  functional application :  use got double duty out of the trip (3) :  use as a substitute making the word do duty for the thing — Edward Sapir

 

When people perform what is their duty, they are not the only ones affected. When a person does not fulfill their duty, again they are not the only one affected. It is sad that in our world today less and less people feel that anything is “their duty”. This could be a key factor in the decline of our society. We have become a people who feel that it is always someone else’s duty, but not their own. I believe we have raised at least two generations of people who are now becoming adults and have no sense of duty to anyone but themselves. This bothers me. It should bother you too.

 

Until next time...