Mr. Jackson was a traditional fellow, practicing things his mother taught, like the Golden Rule and respect the elderly. He also went to schools that studied master poets and writers. He loved old poets, Tennyson, Wordsworth, and Emerson.
Mom gave him plenty of reason to practice Emerson’s advice about “always leave a place better than when you found it.”
Problem was that he was not very aware of today’s world. Therefore, when Buck asked if his class could use his building for their party, Mr. Jackson said, “Yes, but leave the place better than when you found it.”
Written for Rochelle’s 100-word Friday Fictioneer’s Challenge. https://rochellewisoff.com/
The concept of leaving the world a better place can be traced back to a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.” https://medium.com/builddie/leaving-the-world-a-better-place-than-how-we-found-it-7b375b8475e9