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Humming stone or need to have an opinion

My grandfather, a veteran of World War II, Sergey Ilyich Saltykov, told such a case. Honestly, in those years I did not understand him very well. But remembered.

So here. Sergei Saltykov was still a private and served in the very battery of the Katyusha, which he then commanded. Once in a lull, the commander gathered the soldiers and led them along a wide country road. They walked for a long time and finally came to a huge stone that lay at the curb. Gathered around him. The commander walked up to the stone, pressed his ear, stood so little, and then said:
- Listen and you! After all, the stone is buzzing! What would it mean?

And every soldier began to approach and listen too. And everyone said that the stone was buzzing and wondered what it was for. Private Saltykov also came up. I put my ear ... and heard nothing. Once again - the same result. And the commander already asked him:
- Well, what do you think?
“I don’t hear anything,” the grandfather confessed, bowing his head.
- Only one and confessed! - exclaimed the commander. - And why the rest were silent? After all, in fact there is no sound! Why repeat the opinion of a senior in rank? We must have our own.

This history grandfather talked with laughter. It seems like just a funny case. But in fact, he always had his opinion and defended him. And here is an example.

After the war, Sergei Ilyich arrived in Lipetsk, became a history teacher. And in the 50-ies built a school in the Left Bank.

This school was very necessary for children, because it was clearly not enough already open to accept all the boys and girls living here. That's why adults hurried to “grow” a new building. Worked day and night.

And now - the thirtieth of August. The finished building shone with fresh paint and clean windows. Tall building, spacious. Here, there was not enough garden, fence, flower beds, workshops and a gym, but this is not a big deal. And the hall, and the garden, and workshops will certainly be. But there was still no furniture — no desks, no chairs, no closets — only bare walls! Sergei Ilyich was very upset, he did not sleep at night, he asked for the help of everyone he could. Yes, only everyone refused. And then he turned for help to the executive committee. And from there came a call: “On the night of the first of September, meet the freight train. It carries furniture for your school. Parking - ten minutes. Consider, the driver can not wait, he has a strict schedule. "

What to do? The situation, frankly, is very complicated. However, in those years, the narrow-gauge railway passed near the school building. But is it possible to unload a train with furniture for thirty-one classes in ten minutes? ..

Many advised to leave this venture. But grandfather decided in his own way. He gathered his future colleagues, explained the situation and offered to solve the problem together.

Since the road was very narrow, people lined up in a line, shoulder to shoulder - from the narrow-gauge railway to the school. About one o'clock in the morning, the headlights cut through the darkness, and there was a beep. Rattling and puffing hard, the lineup stopped. The assistant driver opened the carriage door, and along the chain of people "ran" to the new school desks, tables, chairs ... It was a moment of common unity. Catch, just have time! ..

... And after seven hours, pupils and apprentices came to school №29 - about six hundred children. They did not know that none of their teachers had slept that night. There was a solemn ruler, and the first call, and lessons. Everyone sat at the new desks, in the new chairs and wrote the word “Peace” with creaking chalk on the new boards ...
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  1. strelets
    strelets 1 October 2015 06: 42
    Great story. No problem, just challenges.
  2. k174oun7
    k174oun7 1 October 2015 07: 00
    Wonderful article. And the problems are painfully familiar. And then and now - this is the attitude of most parents to ensure a normal learning process. Help is not interrogated. A million reasons, just not to help. However, everyone wants the children to study in good conditions. And this should be provided by everyone but not them. So the article describes how teachers without the help of parents sought to create normal conditions.
    It is gratifying that such people as Sergei Ilyich Saltykov were and will be.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 1 October 2015 07: 48
    And in the 50s he built a school in the Left Bank area. ...How wonderful..! The poet of that era correctly spoke:
    I know - the city will be, I know - the garden is blooming when there are such people in the country in the Soviet Union!
  4. Gardamir
    Gardamir 1 October 2015 08: 19
    Two different cases. The second case, this was possible only in the Soviet Union, because now the question is, how much will they pay. And the first case reminded of the discussion here, if the grandfather does not agree with the general opinion. means "all missing polymers".
  5. Irbenwolf
    Irbenwolf 1 October 2015 08: 30
    The end of the 90s ... The secondary school is sports by status, in fact - as usual. 10th graders are looking for an opportunity to get into the gym on the weekend to play football. Not allowed: "Snotty yet. Find an adult!" We went through all the parents. All the cases. And it's clear who wants to take responsibility for free? Suddenly it hurts. Only one man had no business for 55 years. 3 years went ... Graduation. Came to be awarded with diplomas. They call him. He's surprised: "Why? I haven't done anything ..."
  6. ups
    ups 1 October 2015 08: 46
    Tears ... joy ... and all.
  7. Nikita Gromov
    Nikita Gromov 1 October 2015 09: 51
    Good - sincerely, in Russian and humanly.
  8. V.ic
    V.ic 1 October 2015 10: 33
    Real Soviet people.
  9. provincial
    provincial 1 October 2015 12: 22
    But you know yourself: senseless mob
    Changeable, rebellious, superstitious,
    Easily empty hope betrayed,
    To instant suggestion is obedient,
    For the truth is deaf and indifferent,
    And she feeds on fables.

    A.S. Pushkin "Boris Godunov"
  10. Pal2004
    Pal2004 1 October 2015 13: 03
    Thanks for the story.
  11. Signaller
    Signaller 1 October 2015 16: 35
    Great story. This is a science for everyone who decided that we were gone. Of such people, one must forge swords.
    In life, the construction team is 73 years old. Kazakhstan. Moscow State University Construction Team. We went to the bathhouse. We wash, suddenly the foreman, then the commander come running and say, cement came for the construction site. Wagon parking 3 hours. Then a fine and all that. Cement in bulk, unloading in buckets. Cars will be. 3 hours as the damned unloaded these 60 tons. Cement is still hot. Then washed with cold water. The next bath in a week. So with scabies and walked a week .. It must be necessary. And now ??? - It is only necessary to hit the Klinsky’s and that’s it.
    1. Megatron
      Megatron 1 October 2015 16: 58
      Well then, great people built the Great Country. And now?
      I wouldn't go. For the Rottenberg brothers to put another billion in their pockets? All the "construction sites of the century" are now under them. Let them pay double, triple overtime.
  12. Bryanskiy_Volk
    Bryanskiy_Volk 1 October 2015 18: 00
    And why was it impossible to first remove school furniture from the wagons to the ground, and then calmly transfer them to school? request
  13. Sofia
    1 October 2015 20: 09
    And because the platform itself was not. She was already assembled, furniture. Put nowhere.
  14. Sergey Loskutov
    Sergey Loskutov 2 October 2015 06: 15
    That's about this in schools you need to tell, and not the leader-sneak cook.
  15. Zlovred
    Zlovred 2 October 2015 20: 21
    THERE is precisely on such WONDERFUL PEOPLE at all times with any rulers and systems, our Motherland will continue to hold on and will continue to hold on, for Russian people differ from others in that, in times of great trials, they unite in one way or another, and together fight enemies or work, AGAINST THE PERSONAL BENEFIT for our common cause, until the Victory ...
    Our Victory ...