Okay, It’s time you knew. I have kept this secret long enough. I have to come clean on this one. You are my friends right? You won’t judge me to harshly.
I mean you put up with my bad spelling, my poor grammar and my rambling thoughts. So I thought I should just tell you.
I have this son that’s, well. . . a little strange.
He likes. . . lectures A LOT! He likes economics as much as he likes lectures. Strangely enough, he likes lectures and economics together. . . at the same time.
Okay, yeah, there is more.
He like lectures and economics enough to win a scholarship to study economics in a lecture setting for. . . 12 hour days. . . for a week.
A whole week. 7 days . . . 12 hours a day.
I have tried with this kid, I really have. But, he thrives on lectures and economics. . .at the same time. He tells me, “because I have home schooled him he knows how to think. . .for himself.”
So here we are, I have an economist in the house. Not just any economist, we have an Austrian Economist. Most particularly, I am talking a Ludwig von Mises Institute school of economics economist. AND that’s a mouth full!
I am telling you, Matthew studies and studies and studies this thing. He reads books that are bigger then. . .I don’t know. . .a dictionary about this stuff. He really finds it all very interesting.
He fills me up with the things he has learned. I listen and think. . .could he be right? Does he really know what he’s talking about? and then I hear the things he says on the news about: the way things are going in this great country of ours and what needs to be done and why our government won’t do them.
It’s quite overwhelming.
And I think. . . well, maybe an Economist in the house is not so bad. There are days I get to call him “my son sunshine” because of the gloominess of his tone. “My Son Sunshine” tells me all about why the FED is bad and what really needs to be done in our government. . .to make things work again for all of us and why our government won’t do them.
And, sometimes I just have to say to him. . .
“I can’t take it anymore!” I know! Doom and Gloom. The FED is bad. . . Our government is corrupt, Congress violates the Constitution with nearly every new bill they enact. We all get it! ”
and then I’ll lovingly say:
“Matthew tell me this?
Why did you have to learn so much about the constitution?”
“Why didn’t you just pretend to read it like the other kids do?”
So, my oldest son, Matthew, the son I home schooled for nine years, won a scholarship to the Ludwig von Mises Institute at Auburn University with an essay that he wrote. The scholarship paid for everything from his food, to his room and board, to the lecture classes that was all about economics. All Matthew had to do was get to Atlanta Georgia the very same weekend Mark got out of the hospital.
His bag were packed and Matthew and I drove the 176 miles to the Atlanta Airport.
We talked about how very nerves he was about going to a place where he didn’t know a soul. We talked about how proud his father and I are of him for doing this all on his own. We talked about how excited he was to meet his idols and learn more about this subject that he loved. . . and maybe, just maybe Ron Paul would be there.
Matthew went to Auburn and the school of economics with the hopes and dreams that only a 19 year old could. He learned, and he studied , and he studied and he learned. He called me three times a day to share the things he had learned and to tell me how excited he was to be there. He told me who he had met and how brilliant the “average” person was at the institute that week. Matthew talked about what was said and what he already knew to be true. He talked about his hopes for the future. . .if only the government of today would listen. . . and stop thinking about. . .well, themselves and who’s pockets they are in.
When Matthew came home, he was not only a week older and wiser, he was “intoxicated” from the all the knowledge that was swimming around in his head. He was tired from the long week of lectures and note taking. He was full from his week of listening to arguments and debates from the people he had only read about and admired from afar. For weeks now, Matthew has been filling us up with von Mises ideas for the world and the things he wants to become. He told me how he wants to fight for what is right. . .and how he can’t wait to go back to “the Institute” next year and learn and study and listen for a week and those 12 hour days of more studying, learning and growing. AND just maybe just maybe Ron Paul will be there.
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