December 7, 2012
Good morning. I'm at work, so this will probably be a short post. It's looking pretty gray outside so far. Somewhere though, the sun will be shining because there was a lot of pink mixed in with the gray clouds on my way here this morning. I'll have to put on the weather channel to see what's in store for us today.
I have a cute photo to share this morning. Yesterday Deanne and Eddie came by and outfitted my car with a Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer costume. I haven't seen these before, but they are sort of cute. At least you know it's me coming down the road.
I took the photo when I got here this morning. See the antlers and the cute red nose? Gosh, what will they think of next?
There was an article in the newspaper a couple of days ago that really bothered me. It said that parents who have a low income and long work hours tend to have children with problems such as obesity, teen pregnancy and high dropout rates. Really? I wonder just which neighborhoods and families were interviewed for this study. To be honest, it's plain rubbish.
When my kids were growing up, we never got out of the poverty level income. I worked two and three jobs whenever I had to to pay the bills. BUT, my children were raised to take their education seriously, pay attention in school and do their homework. They were taught morals and values. None of them was obese or pregnant. They were good kids, and I'm quite proud of them.
Folks, your income and job do not make fat, pregnant (girls) drop outs. It's the values that a lot of parents do not teach their kids. When you have a lot of kids with no morals and values, a lot of other kids tend to follow them. I think instead of trying to find something or someone to place the blame on, parents (and communities) should take more responsibility for how their children turn out.
When you pour a lot of money into your schools to give kids every advantage you can, you expect to see it reflected in your kids. However, if the kids do not want to learn, or have been taught that they only have to do what they want to do, they will not learn no matter how much you give them. You can only educate kids who want an education.
Again, this goes back to the homes where the kids live. If the parents have no respect for morals, values, education and law, it stands to reason the kids won't either. My daughter tells me that the cities and towns are eligible for more government money if they can come up with studies like this showing how needy they are, and how it is making their kids go bad. Sad to say, this is true.
I will admit that even though a lot of parents do teach their children right from wrong and how to be responsible, sometimes it's not enough. There is a lot of peer pressure and temptation for the kids to go wrong anyway. But, that is only a small percent of the kids. Our school graduation ceremonies still have lots of kids looking forward to a good future, so lots of parents are doing their best to teach their kids to become responsible adults. I give these parents a lot of credit.
Okay, I'll get off my bandbox. It's eight o'clock and the Mrs will be awake soon. So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Edna B.