Surprises in Education

The Powerpuff Babies...

The Powerpuff Babies…
Who would be the first to inform you that arrogance and attitude can, -in fact, be intimidation.
A form of power play.
A form of abuse of people. Period.


First let me say the surprise is mine.  So is the education.
I thought Jr. College was very much like an adult high school. 
I did specialize in something.
I got my A.S. and I got a certificate in computer systems. 
At the time it kind of was the same as being A+ certified.
No small thing in the computer world. 
It made you quite employable by many.

So, I have entered my education years at a University. 
In fact, I’m nearly done. 
I’ve almost got a B.A. in History. 
When this comes to fruition, it will be a dream come true. 
I am specializing in something: History. 
Yet, there is so much to history that I specialize in nothing. 

It dawned on me today. 
We grow up. 
We are very young. 
We think we are smart. 
We go through our phases where we have a tendency to think we
Everything, that is,  and we must educate the world. 
Yet, as we age, we come to know,
the reality is after thousands of dollars,
hours of study, hundreds of tears,
yawns, and one upset son….
I still know relatively nothing.
But at least, I grew out of it.
The disease of KNOW IT ALL

There is something to be learned here by those with out any formal education. 
By formal I mean college, university, and upwards. 
High school does not prepare you for what it out there,
even if you think it does. 
Little in childhood prepares you for the realities of life.

Just life.

There those of us who go through an arrogant phase. 
We look down on those around us
That we perceive,
that you are not as smart as we are. 
It’s one thing to be ‘educated’ and arrogant,
you probably are quite aware that you know nothing.
(which means BTW, you really are not arrogant)
But, you also know stuff other people don’t know and you really do want to help. 
Either way, in this universe you are not even the mote in someones eye. 
It is, however, truly another reality altogether
to be stared down by someone with a high school education.
Their grades showing they barely squeaked by. 
Its all pure intimidation.

I used to be intimidated by those types. 
I know one pretty well. 
I grew up with her.
With her big arrogance came,
a super sized ego attached to all-know-it-ness,
and a temper that could just blow the roof off the house. 
The arrogance I could live with. 
It was the lies, manipulation, and temper that got to me. 
She was a cut throat in some ways.
At least verbally, as any one person could be. 
She truly scared me.

These thoughts just came to me. 
My education is a gift that I have given myself.
Does that make me better than anyone else?
Shall I look down at others whose choice it was
to not continue on with their education.
I’ve learned that lesson.
I harbor no arrogance, nor the anger that boils beneath it. 
I’m happy to share what I know,
but only if you want to know it too. 
I do not lie. 
I have never purposely manipulated anyone.
My temper is not so explosive that anyone in this world is truly scared of me.

I could not have learned that at any university
Except the University of Life.
I’m sure there I have a PhD
Dr. Survivor in the Universe, EX-traordinaire.
The all knowing Philosophy of Nothingness.
Pie-Cap-Alpha (not you)

Hey, what can I say.
It’s OK to be proud of me.

14 May 2022, back to the capstone project. 🙂


About PeggyAnn

Professional PC Consultant, Researcher, & avid people watcher, Peggy Ann Rowe started into her genealogical quest at age 15 after watching the mini-series, "Roots" with her parents. This new obsession has fueled her love of history, & study of cultures & societies in every epoch. Today she is 57 years old with four kids who are all grown up (& all have flown the coop). In between her 'gigs' with clients she volunteered at many different non-profits. Former President, Secretary, and Director at Large on the board of the Douglas County Historical Society for 10+ years, and former Secretary at the Cloverdale Historical Society (Sonoma County) for nearly 10 years. This website is an attempt to share the knowledge she has gained about her family ties with others who may be interested in the same things. She does not guarantee 100% accuracy and does hope that you will send corrections. To learn more about her, click the "about" button in the page menu. Thanks! Another goal of this website is to disseminate a message (i.e. education) about domestic violence, child abuse, and all forms of sexual abuse to society at large. The message comes from real experience from the whole spectrum of the violence from sexual abuse by a perpetrator to sexual abuse perpetrated by a husband, to the abuse of children within the family. Peggy has seen it, lived it, and been hurt by it. There will on occasion be details that might be hard for some people to read, and a warning is usually posted at the beginning of the essay so that those who want to turn and not read may do so. The only way to teach and to let others learn what to avoid is to SHARE what happened with every detail necessary to make the point. Thank you.
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