What I hope my future installments will show is how we can consider George Barton's life as a parallel to the apple-picker. I hope that it can be a fair and correct comparison. There was a richness to his life that the statement about him being an architect simply does not reflect. That richness can be considered in the apples that he picked, those that he left upon the tree, those that fell to the earth, and those that made it into barrels - full or not.
As I learned more and more about George Barton I felt like I was walking through the scene that Robert Frost described, looking around me at all the work related to his efforts.
That richness is not only important from a historical contemplation of being 'accurate' or 'fully descriptive' but I believe that it reflects the meaning and depth of the occupational therapy profession itself. In the case of George Barton, the philosophy that informed a man also informed an entire profession - and this is something we should all consider when we stop to wonder 'why' occupational therapists do the things that they do.
Barton, I.G. (1968). Consolation House, Fifty Years Ago. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 22(4), 340-345.
Frost, R. (1915). After Apple Picking. Retrieved July 23, 2013 from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173523
Schwartz, K. B. (2009). Reclaiming our heritage: Connecting the Founding Vision to the Centennial Vision [Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture]. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 681–690.