Memories from writing columns across two millennia
This week I celebrate my 14th anniversary as a Daily Post columnist. As I look back over my binders full of columns I realize that my writing has not only transcended more than a decade and the turn of a century, but it's also crossed over a new millennium. And it's fun looking back to see how things have come along since then.
One of my earliest columns was about locking my keys in the car while helping an Afghan family settle into an apartment. When I started to panic, one of the teenage sons said with a thick accent, "No problem. This happen all the time in Afghanistan. I help!" as he ran inside for a coat hanger. Today, you either pay for OnStar or pay a locksmith $140. (I know. It happened again about a year ago.)
And speaking of technology, it was in 1999 that I wrote about the parent orientation at Georgia Tech where they informed us that starting that year computer ownership was mandatory. I expect it will really look good in the year 3000 when historians check the timeline and see that Tech was a millennium ahead of UGA on that one.
When I wrote about William Arndell, he was stocking cans on the night shift in a grocery store and writing poetry on the side. Known as the Poet in a Pickup Truck, he handed out his poems to people in cars next to him while sitting at stoplights. He went on to become the resident poet at EPCOT for Black History Month and last I heard he's a country and western singer, writing his own songs.
As I read back over a column on harps, I saw that I wrote of doctors predicting "harp therapy as the medicine of the next millennium." Maybe the time has come to revisit that topic. I also mentioned a little harpist named Rebecca Bruyere who was 13 at the time and booked so heavily she was already turning down gigs. I would love it if anyone out there could catch me up with Rebecca so I could revisit her life as well.
And one of my favorite columns of the 1990s was about Tiny Stitches, a volunteer group started by five women to create layettes for infants in need, including those who don't survive. The group has grown to 250 volunteers and has provided over 6,100 layette bags (224,000 hand-sewn items) and more than 1,000 infant burial ensembles.
But their needs are ever increasing. Current volunteers can produce 45 to 60 packages per month, but hospitals are requesting 75 packages or more. Tiny Stitches needs volunteers for anything from sewing to sorting and there is no minimum time commitment. (Info: www.tinystitches.org )
I look forward to writing on into this third millennium, but I hope not another day passes before all these babies' needs are met.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.