“Crasis Gasitus seen pictured at the scene of his great discovery. Many thought it impossible. Few believed he could pull it off.”
These are the words that begin the great news that a local guy, Crasis Gasitus, had completed a feat that people said was impossible for anyone to accomplish. Thankfully for the world, there have always been people who believe that abstract concepts can become reality and who can make sense out of nonsense.
Crasis is such a person, for the idea of a golf course for poor children to learn a sport normally thought of as for the rich was absurd to most people, and highly improbable to others. Obtaining the land to build the complex on took nearly ten years, for Crasis had to change the mindset of members of the city council regarding the abilities and dreams of people living in poverty.
They were seen as lazy and shiftless, unable to comprehend the basics of a complex game like golf. Moreover, it was believed that none of the children would actually learn the sport to a degree that the money would be considered well-spent. The mayor and the city economist believed that the endeavor was a waste of tax-payer money, better spent on adding a larger police presence in those neighborhoods.
But, Crasis persevered, sacrificing many nights with family and friends to attend council meeting to argue his points. He believed passionately that the ability to think and learn was not restricted to the children of middle-class or wealthy parents.
Every child should have opportunities to discover their God-given talents, not just the children whose parents can afford to fill their agendas with lots of different activities. Maybe there wouldn’t be a Tiger Woods or a Phil Mickelson discovered on his golf course, but there was no way to know, if children are deprived of chances to learn.
He told them of the great golfer, Lee Trevino, who as a boy, sneaked into country clubs and played with the one golf club and few balls given him by his uncle. No one would have thought a child who worked in cotton fields at age 5 would become one of the greatest golfers in history, but Trevino did so,eventually being voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Crasis finally prevailed, and after his quest was posted on Facebook, pro golfers came forward promising monies, equipment, and even shoes, to help. A well-known golf course designer offered his services for free. Parents agreed to take responsibility for keeping the children safe, so happy for their children to have the same chances as other children.
And so, the dream began becoming reality. Today, as Crasis Gasitus stands on the fence surrounding the golf course that bears his name, he feels such pride that he stayed the course (pun intended).
As he watched a neighborhood boy who had just received a full golf scholarship from Stanford University work to improve his putting, he knew that all the sacrifice and hard work were worth it. Poverty does not have to define children’s destiny, if people of goodwill are willing to invest in their futures.
Written for Tale Weaver 203 from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie for December 28, 2018: Making Sense Out of Nonsense.