In today’s society the word loyalty seems to have lost its true meaning.
The word even sounds old fashioned and is both puzzling and humorous to the “me” generation. The dictionary defines the word as being true to any person, group, religion, etc.
This word and the word “ethics” have similar definitions. Ethics is “a code of moral conduct in support of governments, people, religion, etc.” Many of these meanings are now unknown to today’s society. It seems to depend upon your upbringing and your own adult behavior. I received a phone call today from my best friend that made me remember what a real friend means.
Donna (White) Wolfe and I have been friends since 1948 at St. Thomas School. Donna informed me in her usual happy and cheerful voice she is in North Point Skilled Nursing Hospital in Paola. She is recovering from knee surgery that will take three weeks of rehab. We are both 74 years old, so I guess that is not too long a recovery for people in our age group. Donna met a lady in her 90s in the same hospital who was born and raised in Armourdale and she also attended St. Thomas School. That sounds like just a nice meeting but Donna was ecstatic. That is because of her loyalty to her childhood school and community.
St.Thomas Church is now Cross-Lines. Armourdale seems reliant on a lot of its services. The Cross-Lines Thrift Store is especially popular in the community. Interestingly, one of their biggest supporters, Resurrection Church in Leawood, has Armourdale natives as members. These natives, Don and Carolyn Smith, bring much of the thrift store merchandise to Cross-Lines on a regular basis. Don is the last remaining member of the “Smitty’s Boats” family. He also is a past president of the Armourdale Optimist Club and a former grand-marshal of our Armourdale parade. Even though Don lives in Stilwell and has lost his sight he too is always cheerful when we speak. He and Carolyn never miss our Armourdale business luncheons.
These two aforementioned people are just a sample of the Armourdale loyalty and instilled ethics. I think that Sister Eustasia, our St. Thomas School principal, is rolling over in her grave about some of the present-day ethics. Please, if you’ve done the wrong thing, change and do the right thing.
Patty Dysart has been active in the Armourdale Renewal Association and Optimist Club for many years.