Wichita Lineman—Memory and Music
October 25, 2013
I can still hear Glenn Campbell sing: “I am a lineman for the county. And I drive the main road…” I used to sing the song over and over again. But, I never knew Wichita or what a lineman did. I remember singing the words as I heard them from a child’s perspective, “And the witch I call Lineman, is still on the line!”
I’m amazed at how much the brain can remember when a tune is attached. An entire learning series for the alphabet and phonetics exists called ‘’Sing and Spell.” I had a friend who was almost illiterate at 18, but loved to sing. With “Sing and Spell, he got his high school diploma. From there, he went on to get a degree in HVAC. Now he is a manager of a skyscraper in NYC.
Marty was a great example of the brain’s power to go forward even when every neural pathway hadn’t been nurtured or activated during the normal growth period. He still has a bit of a stutter and is a bit disheveled, but has been married twice and has three grown children and owns a house in NYC, which is a huge statement to his mental acumen.
I met Marty and his brother at church start-up in Midtown NYC in the 1980s. Both guys were in their late teens, dirty, unkempt, and were barely able to form complete sentences. I don’t know how two Jewish guys from Queens ended up at a start-up church in Manhattan, but there they were, hands in the air and singing praise and worship songs. I remember thinking, Oh my goodness, what kind of parents did they have? I do remember that Marty ended up happy and his brother ended up in jail, then a mental institution. The difference between them was that Marty asked me for help. He said that God had told him to let me lead him and to listen to everything I said.
I didn’t want that kind of responsibility for anyone at that time in my life, but I did tell him that I would try to be there for him. He turned out to be one of my best friends as the years went by.
He had two older siblings who were very successful, one a doctor and one a lawyer. What exactly happened to the parenting after the first two children, I will never know.
I tell you all this because if you are using your parents as a tool not to walk forward into your perfectly wonderful life, you are making a big mistake. Your parents may have been stumbling blocks, but they were put there to help you be strong and overcome. You have to make choices not to acquiesce to the noise in your mind about their opinion of you.
If they have died, do some spiritual work with a healer to help you resolve the problem. If they haven’t died, then face the problem and work it out, for yourself, not for them. If you have to release them from your life, then so be it. But no one deserves to be held back by a parent or a guardian.
I understand this from the depths of my soul. I should have turned out like Marty or his brother. I had no guidance or guardian telling me what I should and shouldn’t do. Fortunately, I had a neighbor who took me under her wing and made sure I had what I needed to survive in a rough world. I thank her to this day for my life. She helped define me and create a life worth living.
Now I am “A Lineman for the Spirit.” I am, by definition, one who lays down railroad tracks, telephone or electrical line, or one who is on the front line of a football team. Any one of those definitions is a great metaphor for our path here on earth. If you want to be a lineman for spirit, you must step forward and “drive the main road,” as the song says.
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