2 July 2021

Published June 30, 2021 by rochellewisoff
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PHOTO PROMPT © Russell Gayer

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


“He drove that VW Microbus with “Love is progress—hate is expensive” painted on the back from St. Johns Island to Charlotte.” Grandma Selma’s dark cheeks shone. “Thanks to him I earned three diplomas.”  

            “Who?” asked Tanisha.

            “Who indeed? Girl, he should be in your history books. When he was just a little boy, he had to quit school after the 4th grade, but he still found ways to further his education. And then made sure us kids did the same. Took us to school or anywhere else we needed to go. Esau Jenkins was the wheels beneath our wings.


85 comments on “2 July 2021

  • Rochelle,
    From such selfless love and service are lives changed for the better. Wonderful to remember such “ordinary” extraordinary men and women: thank you for this bit of inspirational history.

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  • This past year has made me think of the wisdom of this statement. I wish more people would take it to heart and it might be harder in the short term but so beneficial for everyone in the long run. Thanks for sharing this story.

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    • Dear Anne,

      A lot of energy that could go to productive things is wasted with hate. Then there are the Esau Jenkins of the world who quietly go about spreading love. Oh for more of them. Thank you for your affirming comments.




  • My Daddy had to quit school when he was 12 cause his Daddy was killed in a car accident. My mom dropped out of high school because she couldn’t read, 4yrs in 9th grade. My gran had to drop out of school when she got pregnant with mom. I graduated high school went on to comm. College….had the accident from helle and had to do it all again. Didn’t read the second time had to drop out for finances… But I never stopped learning whatever I can whenever I can. My hubby is the wind under my wings… He’s in hospital right now… So I’m giving the wind back.

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    • Dear Penny,

      Thank you re my sentence and my story. He was truly a man who should be remembered. I didn’t have enough words to flesh out the story of how his wife was his partner and should also be honored.




  • When I taught history, I tried to make it live and breath in the minds of my students. The stories you share each week are the sort of historical vignettes that inspire people to learn more about their and other’s pasts. That history is not dull and boring. Nor, thankfully, is it just about “dead white men” any more. The doors to the archives have been thrown open – the digital age means access to so much about the past. And, folks are mining history for those whose voices never made it in to the written historical records. Thank you for doing the same.

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    • Dear Lorraine,

      Your comments make my heart soar. I had a couple of teachers who made history live and breathe, but for the most part, I never cared for history in school. Thank you so much for your affirming words. 😀




  • “Love is progress—hate is expensive”
    This is a motto everyone should contemplate and live by, then we’d get rid of all our problems.
    A wonderful story that just shows how you can move and shake things even when you’re not on the top.


  • Dear Betsy Ross W(T)F,

    I guess this explains how you got tuition for Walla Walla Bing Bang. I can just see you riding on the bench seat, your little feet dangling six inches off the floor.

    A van would be a handy thing to have with all the art shows you’re going to. I can ask Tom if he’d be willing to part with the one in the photo. He’d probably throw in the vines for a paltry $200 extra.

    Happy Trails,
    Paul (Not So) Revered

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