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Chase: “Your father sounds like an amazing man. I know that he was in the military, he was an educator, he painted houses in the summer, he conducted the church choir, and he even started a bowling alley because you didn’t have one in your small town.”
Rick: “My dad never liked any idle time. He decided that the town needed a bowling alley. It was called The Duck Inn. He ran that for about five or six years. It was a good experience too. We didn’t have automatic pin-setters. We teenagers would jump down in the pits and set the pins and get up out of the way after the person had bowled. My dad continues to be such an amazing role model for me.
Part of the theme too, Chase, and you probably picked this up, is the theme of echoes. The introduction talks about a specific Memorial Day when the band marched to our hometown cemetery. We always ended every concert with John Philip Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’ But then, there was a point near the end of the ceremony when I would leave the ranks of the band and go over to the single hill in the cemetery. My dad would play ‘Taps’ in front of the veterans who were under a canopy tent. At the time. there were still World War I Veterans alive, Over the hill, I would play the echo.
When I was a kid, being raised in a small town in Ohio, I had four support systems that were watching out for me all the time. I had my family. I had my school. I had my church. And I had my small town community, that in a sense was like a second set of parents. Unfortunately, there are some kids today who don’t have any of those, and it becomes all the more important for us as educators to try and provide all those things for students.
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