In our agency storage building (close to a century old), an old box on the bottom of a stack of other old boxes was discovered with what looked like an old photo album peeking out. It turns out this box was full of old newspaper clippings and photos related to Family Support Services dating back to the 1940s. As soon as the scrapbook was opened to a random page, the old adage about "history repeats itself" immediately came to mind. On these pages were newspaper clippings 63 years old.
On one page was this:
As the need for these services has come around again, FSS is developing a Veteran Resource Center, which will provide veterans and their family members with the opportunity to meet peers, apply for benefits, and receive mental health services and referrals to other resources.
On the next page was this:
FSS is currently converting a storage unit into a kennel to house pets of domestic violence victims so they won't be left behind in abusive situations. This mirrors a decades-long attitude of preventing abuse and caring for all family members, even pets, that is echoed in the article above.
Often, the phrase "history repeats itself" has a negative connotation, reflecting tragedies or war.
But in this case, it appears history repeating itself is more a reflection of both changing the services FSS has provided to meet changing needs (sometimes in a cyclical fashion to address cyclical events), while at the same time using the same approach for many, many years to meet the needs of Amarillo and Texas Panhandle citizens.
History does indeed repeat itself.