Well, here we are getting ready for Father’s Day coming up next weekend. I have to say if I could have chosen a mom and dad to grow up with I could not have made a better choice than those that God gave me. Life could not have been any better than growing up in the U.P. way back in the ‘50s with the parents I had.
It is amazing when you stop and think about the way things were done and yet so many my age seemed to make it through life just fine. The generation coming out now is called the “Spoiled” or the “Me-me-me” generation where they have been told over and over again just how wonderful, smart, and great they are. They think they deserve everything without having to work for it and it should continue into adulthood.
So how many of you out there who are my age can recall these deep theological facts that you may have heard as you were growing up.
The “older” generation was home schooled . . . at least in some ways.
1. My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning in there.”
2. My mother taught me religion. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
3. My father taught me about time travel. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
4. My father taught me logic. “Because I said so, that’s why.”
5. My mother taught me more logic. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
6. My mother taught me foresight. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
7. My father taught me irony. “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
8. My mother taught me about the science of osmosis. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
9. My mother taught me about contortionism. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
10. My mother taught me about stamina. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
11. My mother taught me about weather. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
12. My mother taught me about hypocrisy. “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
13. My father taught me the circle of life. “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
14. My mother taught me about behavior modification. “Stop acting like your father!”
15. My mother taught me about envy. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
16. My mother taught me about anticipation. “Just wait until we get home.”
17. My mother taught me about receiving. “You are going to get it when you get home!”
18. My mother taught me medical science. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”
19. My mother taught me esp. “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
20. My father taught me humor. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
21. My mother taught me how to become an adult. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
22. My mother taught me genetics. “You’re just like your father.”
23. My mother taught me about my roots. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
24. My mother taught me wisdom. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
25. My mother taught me about justice. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”
It sure makes life interesting when you stop and think about how my generation was raised. It was not a free ride, but there was sure a lot of good advice given to us when growing up that if we listened too, it helped us down the road we traveled in life.
I guess there is no greater time in life when a dad can look back and be proud of how well his children did with the choices they made when on their own.
Life sure has been good to wifee and I and we could not ask for more than the blessings we have had.