Letters: Pay tradition forward
December 17, 2012 7:04PM
Updated: January 19, 2013 6:04AM
Again, I feel inspired to write about situations that are meaningful. This came to me when I went into our very customer-oriented Chase Bank in Romeoville. The employees are always courteous, helpful and friendly. They know your name and make you feel comfortable.
On one occasion, a teller knew of my background of seniors with values and traditions. He proceeded to ask me why families do not keep in touch with phone calls, get well cards, visits, etc. Why are families not doing holidays anymore? Why do you send a card and never have a response?
I agreed with him. Most of my family is all around the country. I call and send cards on a regular basis. They do not always comply. But — as I told the teller — I never give up. If your family does not call you, just keep calling. If your family does not send cards, keep sending them.
Friends are very important. My friend, Carmen, has a wonderful family that is an example of togetherness and openness to everyone they meet. When you meet this family, everyone remains a friend forever. I am truly privileged to know Carmen, Louie, Joe Ray and her entire family. Their “motto” is love and kindness to all. They always have laughter and music.
I hope our traditions around the holidays never become extinct. People need people. Family (especially) during a crisis, need family. All churches teach being a servant to others. This is symbolic of values, traditions, etc. Let family traditions always come first.
I hope the teller at our Chase Bank will set his expectations high. People do believe in values, ethics and traditions. Let him go forward and never give up. I hope he will smile and keep moving right along in his wonderful, friendly manner. I will be watching.
Shirlee J. Pergler
Midwestern schools better
There was recently a piece in the paper wherein an editor was disturbed that Illinois was not sending more high school graduations to Ivy League schools. There are sometimes reasons why students don’t elect to go to Ivy League schools. Not everyone wants to spend $200,000 or more to get a college education, especially when you can get a very good education at Midwestern schools for much less.
To be sure, if you want to work for an international company, you will have a better chance of working for one if you do attend an Ivy League school. But, if you want to live and work in the Midwest, you stand a better chance if you go to a Midwestern school.
Get an education for much less, and make friends who will be living in the Midwest when they graduate. They can help you get started with a company. It is a real headache to finish school and find you have a huge debt to pay off during your formative years of working. Look at all the excellent schools we have in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and other Midwestern states. Unless you can afford it, don’t go to an Ivy League school.