While I am going to college I am living with a couple named Jack and Alice. I am not related to them, but my best friend is Jack's nephew. I have a lot of trouble because I thought being a man meant playing football and going too far with girls. Jack and Alice pay all my expenses along with my medical bills. I talked about Alice in my first paper and now let me speak about Jack.
Jack is hard to write about. He has done so many things, and knows so much I can only give a small picture of him. I could tell about how he became a teacher by accident, and how he was elected to head the teachers union in his city at 28(the youngest to ever hold that post). Also how he gained benefits for the 3800 members of his union, and how he defended any teacher who was going to be fired, on the grounds that every person deserves a defense. And then at 31 he was elected(again the youngest) president of the state teachers' union. He traveled the state, organizing local unions and defending accused teachers on the grounds that every person deserves a defense.
Or I could talk about his personal life. How he turned down jobs paying 4 times as much as he earned so he could spend more time with his family. He can play all the Mozart piano sonatas on the piano, and he has an unbelievable amount of knowledge about boxing, football, opera,politics and on and on.
But most important to me is how he helps young people and never asks for credit. Years ago he hired a young 20 year old man named Rick to do his yard work. That is Jack's one luxury; he hates yard work. Rick was a very good high school baseball player but a really bad student. So he could not go to college and instead mowed yards. Jack felt sorry for him, and ask Rick one day if he would like to work with the school system's yard crew. Rick was very excited,but then he told Jack "I can't(sp?). Jack got him an application and then he understood. Question 9 was "Have you ever been arrested on drug charges?" At 18 Rick had been arrested for possession of marijuana. Jack filled out Rick's application and put "no"on question 9.
Well Rick did get hired. He had to be at work at 7, so Jack or Alice would call him every day to make sure he got to work on time. Alice was always a little disappointed when his girlfriend would answer. But Rick worked in the 100 degree heat and never missed a day. When Rick's brother shot his girlfriend and then himself only 2 of the 7800 employees of the school system went by Rick and his parents' house to express sorrow: Jack and Alice.
A few years ago Jack and Alice ran into Rick at a shopping mall. They talked for a couple of minutes. Rick had gotten a promotion, and then another one and worked his way up to a supervisory job in security for the district's 120 schhool. He made 45000 a year, a high salary for our area. As they got ready to leave Rick grabbed Jack's arm and said "You are the only person who ever tried to help me'. Back in the car Alice cried and Jack, as he does, said "That was a nice compliment".
And then I came along. I wasn't(?) into drugs big time but, with going too far with girls, I was the worst. But somehow Jack and Alice thought I needed help. A few weeks ago Jack and I were at his huge credit union building where Jack had been the first teacher to ever be on the board of directors. I stood with him in one of the teller lines until he went to the teller. I stepped aside. I saw a very old women with a cane coming across the lobby toward me with a big smile on her face. I thought she was going to shake my hand because she had mistaken me for someone else. I held out my hand and she put her tiny hands around my large hand. In a shaky voice, because she was so old, she said, "I'll bet you are John Haynes' grandson". I lied. I said "Yes". Just then Jack came up and the old lady said "You have a fine looking grandson". I was scared because I had lied. But Jack said"Yes, and we are very proud of him". And then we went on our other errands, and Jack has never mentioned my clumsy effort to be someone.
Anna suggest a title PLEASE. I don't think Jack of all trades is good.