Who built the Egyptian Pyramids, the Pharaohs or the Slaves?
As I proclaimed the title of this writing, Claudia, Mom and I
spent a few minutes laughing and joking about this controversial
subject. This subject concerning History, can be very
controversial at times when different authors or story tellers try
to claim the credit for doing things that were done with many
As we all know history has many versions according to the version
of each historian. In my writing I have been careful to make it
clear that the things that I was telling about were written
according to my memory of the occasion or happening. This can be
quite a funny thing when two or three people claim the credit for
doing the same thing.
My Father said on many occasions; "You can get a lot done if you
don't care who gets the credit." Actually it really doesn't matter
who gets the credit as long as the great and noble things get
I wish to illustrate a few experiences how very controversial
these few words can be, "Who Done It".
About three months before Christmas Mary, Doug and Family said
they were coming down home for Christmas. So Mom and I began to
search our minds for acceptable Christmas presents for all the
people involved. I spent many early mornings, when I receive a lot
of inspiration and do a lot of planning, working on some ideas and
acceptable Christmas presents for those who would be with us for
Christmas. Finally I discussed with Mom if it wouldn't be good to
make some little old fashion rocking cradles with dolls in them
for some of our Great-granddaughters and probably a little jewelry
box for those that were older. So I took Ventura with me in the
Van, because I don't drive any more, we went up and bought several
sheet of plywood with a good finish on one side.
Then from the plans that I had drawn in my mind we began to cut
the pieces and put together three little rocking cradles. I would
tell Ventura to measure an exact measurement of width and length
of each piece. I helped him draw the part of the circle that would
form the rockers for the little cradles.
I helped him hold them together as they were put together with
screws and glue. And tested each piece by feeling it if it was
sanded correctly. I had him take me up to buy the paint and the
equipment which to paint the cradles, and sat by while he worked
and sanded and painted and put a nice finish on each cradle.
The point that I wish to make here is when I told someone that I
had made three little rocking cradle for our Great-granddaughters,
my sweet wife pointed out that I had not made them, but that
Ventura made them. You be the judge of "Who Done It".
When my Bowman Uncles came down for my Father's Funeral, they had
me take them in my vehicle up to the Old Head-gates that takes the
water out of the River into the Canal that was built to carry the
water to the Lakes. All three of them, especially Uncle DeMar and
Uncle Dev began to tell me that they had mixed the cement with
shovels and hauled it in wheelbarrows to build those head-gates.
They did not stop to explain that probably 50 other young men and
boys were working on the project at the same time. Then they had
me drive them up the Grade on the Mountains and showed me the
different bridges where they worked and slaved to put in the
foundations for the bridges for the railroad. As I look back on
that occasion I remember that I could just see them working with
the many other men like ants all over the side of the Mountains.
When they said that they toiled and sweat to build the bridges I
believe that they did their part in building that massive project.
On one occasion my wife and I were listening to a discussion in a
family gathering. Mother and Aunt Lucille were talking about the
old days before the Revolution. Mother happened to mention that
Grandpa, Henry Eyring Bowman, was responsible for having the Canal
built to take the water from the River to the Lakes. Aunt Lucille
immediately come over to Mother and said, "Now Jen, you know that
Pa done that".
There were probably over a hundred men and teams with scrapers and
plows and equipment who built that Canal from the River to the
It seems that people only want to take credit for the good and
wonderful things that are done. Nobody wants to take credit for
the fiascoes or failures. They always blame somebody else.
Isn't it wonderful that we all have different experiences and see
the same things very differently.
When a man sits in an air conditioned cab of a big combine in
operating it, it thrashes many tons of wheat. Who does the work,
the man or the machine? When you pound a nail in a board with a
hammer, who does the work, you or the hammer? When we built some
new rooms on our house, "Who Did It"? Did we do it or did the men
that did the work do it. Some put up the walls and some put on the
roof, others plastered inside while still others installed the
I guess you might say we are carrying this to an extreme, when you
say "Who Done It", but think about it. When the worlds were
created with the all of the systems regulated and intertwining to
make this perfect wonderful world, then we begin to realize that
the power of God controls and does all things. When we grow a good
garden by working and doing everything just right, "Who Does It".
We must recognize that through the power of the Lord things grow
and produce the good things of the garden.
When we get to feeling that we have done some great work or get
that feeling of accomplishment we must remember and ask ourselves,
"Who Done It".