Sherry and I share many good days and only a few bad, but none of us are immune to the bad ones. Ahhhh if families were perfect? And dadgummit, if they would just listen to me!!!! Can’t they see that heartbreaking cliff they are headed for?
Was I that headstrong and hardheaded?
I think we can answer those questions with no trouble. Everyone must stump their toe. I think every human experiences heart break, and no one can take it away.
I have known folk who seemed to be able to be abstract from their kids problems. To say, they will make it, they will out grow it and be better for it.
Hey, I know that, but I would like to help a LITTLE! . (Mend a fence, cut the grass)
I came along just as the mindset, “at 17-18 you are on your own as a son/daughter”, was changing. The parents still have things to worry about. That is hard to see, as you struggle for your own identity. To my dad (& mom)’s credit, they did not try to run or interfere with my growing up. They knew much more than I, where the road lead.
My parents were blessed (or cursed) with being raised and raising a family thru some very tough times. Their childhood in the early 1900’s on farms in North Georgia was tough. The farmer had large families to keep farms going. And also to take care of the Grands at times.(picture the Waltons)
Then they made it thru a very dark time WWII. With two sons in the Navy. So I guess Dad knew how to turn loose better than I. He had experienced it. Me? I really had it easy. If I had a part time job it was not out of necessity. If I really needed something, I got it. After all I was the baby in the family. (Shirl was the favorite) but I was still petted cause I was the baby!
(Jack Jr & Mark in GITMO, with just a few of their trophies)
Our boys worked as teen agers, but for spending money not because of necessity either. Jack Jr. was shocked after he quit school and was working when his mom said, “we expect $20 a week for room and board!”
“What?” he yelled, “This is my house too!” (Jack loved to yell) But he paid. Now to explain, I never paid board at home, I left home immediately after I quit school. But Sherry’s family had always practiced paying board weekly as they went to work when they stayed home. Her family could use the money, and it was great discipline, she has carried that lesson all her life.
Did we need the money from JJ? No, so Sherry put each payment in an envelope, and when he decided to really ‘Leave Home’, she handed him the envelope. She has always been a very wise mama.(Imma lucky dude)
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm
beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~ (Of President W.G Harding)
President Harding’s Packard