Humans of Plymouth: Jim Perry 

July 16, 2019

Because there was no printed Order of Worship Sunday, July 7, we are publishing Jim Perry's "Humans of Plymouth" story in this week's Herald. 

"I’ve learned a lot about being human. Mostly about listening to other people. I am a happy guy and have had a great life. I have always been happy – it is who I am. A lot of the people I encounter make me sad, as they are unhappy. They seem to want to talk about their miseries, and nobody has a happy story. I choose to remember the good times. Too many people remember the bad ones. I’m happy within myself.

"Losing your spouse is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. I took care of my wife for many years before she died. She didn’t want me to leave her side. She used to ask me the same question over and over again. Every time I answered her as if it were the first time she asked. I didn’t want her to feel silly or stupid or anything like that. I still miss her a lot. I choose to remember the good times and not dwell on the bad ones.

"I was a Greyhound bus driver and then became the supervisor in charge of hiring drivers. In my day, we had all white drivers. I broke the color line in hiring. I wasn’t a very popular guy after that. That first black driver was a wonderful guy. It was very hard on him to face what he had to face. But he persisted and ended up retiring from Greyhound after a long career. His success opened the door to hiring a lot more drivers of various races. Women, too. Hiring him was the right thing to do, and it should have been done earlier. But because of the times we lived in, it really couldn’t have happened much before that."

photo courtesy of Bob Turner

Topics: Church Life


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