Monday, February 13, 2012

BFGoodrich Koroseal Play Ponds (1950's)

In the forties and fifties a lot of women who had never worked outside the home, took jobs.   With so many men leaving their work and going to war, there were jobs for women to step into... in factories as well as other places.

My mother went to work for BFGoodrich.  My dad was a chemist there. I suppose that is how she heard of the need for workers. She helped make what they called Play Ponds out of a new material,  Koroseal. 

Of course, she wanted one for me. and had money to spend for a few "luxuries'. I probably enjoyed that 'pond' as much as kids do a real swimming pool today.  It was a simple life...with simple pleasures.

Nothing seemed as complicated and twisted as things do today.

First our president ordered religious organizations to supply contraceptives for their workers. Then when he realized the Catholics were not going to take this, but rose up mightily in an election year, he asked them to compromise their beliefs. Brilliant.

Even though it was delivered in careful words, it did not fly.  They were not stupid enough  to fall for it. Obviously the leaders had gone to school back when people were taught the use their own minds and not swallow everything they heard, unlike the 'team players' we are raising today.

The bishops issued this statement last Friday:  the proposal "continues to involve needless government intrusion in the internal governance of religious institutions, and to threaten government coercion of religious people and groups to violate their most deeply held convictions."

There are many more of us upset. We don't have to be Catholics to believe  government has no right dictating to us how to  live our private lives. Neither do they have the right to make us pay for other people to do what we know is against God's law.  God's law should be the only thing that limits our freedom.

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