We traveled south to Seville, Ohio where we stopped to have breakfast at the American Heritage Restaurant. The walls were a cornucopia of, well, American Heritage. There was a picture of a 1932 Plymouth convertible Coupe, price: $595. That’s right, five-hundred and ninety five dollars. There was also of Babe Ruth Red Rock Cola, price: 5 cents. That’s right, 5 cents. There was also a poster for the competition, “Ice Cold Nehi (pop)” and 17 cents a gallon gasoline. (Seems like a distant dream these days, huh!) And, among many of the other pieces, was a sign that said: “Spitting on the Sidewalk Prohibited. Penalty! $5 to $100.” I couldn’t help but wonder how you’d differentiate between, say: a $5 spit, and a $50 spit, and a $75 spit…? Note: On the wall at the American Heritage Restaurant was also the following saying: “Everyone is entitled to my opinion.”… We then traveled south on Route 3 to Creston, Ohio, where I interviewed Robert Moeller, a volunteer with the Salvation Army here in this small rural town. Each Saturday morning some six volunteers pass out food and clothing at a small storefront. Moeller, who has volunteered with the Salvation Army the past 20 years, said they average serving about 400 people every month — on a budget of $9,000 a year. The organization is subsidized by area churches, a Service Club, a Community Club, and private citizens. Moeller said what probably pains him most is seeing the number of single mothers coming in because of “divorce or desertion.” And wouldn’t you know, the next person that came in this morning was a single mother of four children. She was in her mid-30s and had children that ranged from about four to 10-years-old. She said she was on Welfare and would soon begin with the “Ohio Works Program.” She said she was confident she would have a job soon. Reciprocally, I couldn’t help but think, yeah, she’ll have a job, but what about the diminished amount of parenting time with the kids? If kids are shorted emotionally, they often grow up angry — and we see more violence in the streets. Or they grow up feeling empty inside, and reach for alcohol, drugs, sex… to fill the emotional holes inside. Maybe we should change our paradigm on this one and have an “Ohio Mom’s Program” to, through a series of creative initiatives, help keep these mothers in their homes with their children, learning more parenting skills, and the like.