Last week I attended a funeral for a true matriarch. Grandma was the epitome of a matriarch. She raised 10 children, had 32 grandchildren and 15 Great grandchildren. Her service was on 92nd and Capitol and the Entombment was at Mt. Olivet.
The drive from the church to the cemetery was about an hour. I know that there were at least 45 cars because I was car number 45. When the procession drove on 55th street just south of Lisbon there was a young man dressed in the stereotypical "gang banger" baggy pants and loose fitting clothes. What was amazing was the show of respect this young man had for someone he obviously did not know. This young man took off his hat and stood still until the procession of vehicles past him.This display of respect was duplicated about 10 minutes later in West Allis, when another young man wearing similar apparel stopped exactly as the first man had.
It made me think, would I stop and show the same respect or just keep on going about my day? Maybe there is a lesson for us in the actions of these two young men. Sure the easy lesson is don't judge a book by its cover. I think there is a bigger lesson that these two young men understand. To respect everyone and to honor each other as perhaps you might like one day to be honored.
To those men that took the time to show respect and honor the life of a stranger I take my hat off to you!