Scott has it right:

A dear friend, about 40,  one of THE smartest men I know, and an incredible teacher (when high school students say “he’s the hardest and the best,” you know he’s very good) texted me this yesterday in regard to something we were hearing in our Sunday sermon on line:

About raising children:  He advises parents; “you are raising adults.”   I thought that was so true…you have children living with you while you raise them into adulthood…you are RAISING ADULTS.

I THOUGHT YOU’D ALL RELATE TO THIS:

“I think people my age love complaining about the world we are doing everything to create. We live reactive instead of proactive lives. We need to do our jobs.”

COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WORLD WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO CREATE.…which, being a Conservative, he knows is CRAP.    Young people are doing everything in the world to raise middle aged babies in preparation to live in the world which is more dangerous, less American, less faithful…………Well, I’m interpreting what he said.  You can interpret as you may.

THOUGHTS?  Z

ALSO: though my calendar does not show it, I believe today is the birthday of GEO. WASHINGTON and, while he’s now considered trash, I DO NOT CONSIDER HIM ANYTHING LIKE THAT and would like to wish Mr. Geo. Washington a very happy birthday, indeed.!

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17 Responses to Scott has it right:

  1. kidme37 says:

    You said it best Z. What other country in the world teaches their children to hate their country.

    Anyway, many kids are being raised right but way too many are not.

    I’m doing nothing to create the world I live in just a tiny piece of it and not much of that.

    The raising adults part really resonates though. I’ve never had kids but whenever I was around my nieces as they were growing up if they asked me a question, I always gave them an honest answer and the whole story. Thank God they never asked me about sex cause I’d have given them the whole shebang at any age over about 5 I suppose.

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  2. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, you’re right, there are some parents doing a fine job………but our culture, everywhere even those well raised kids see, is so rotten to the core, that it’s got to be quite a fight for them.

    EVERYBODY: Please pray for comfort for Always On Watch and her husband. He is dying and they can use prayers of comfort. Thanks.

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  3. Mustang says:

    Mr. Washington numbers among my favorite presidents; it is a small number. Few of our presidents exhibited the honor and character of our first — a certainly none since Reagan. And few people today are aware of what a political sleaze Jefferson was or even that he may have been the first to destroy civilized discourse in American politics. Yes, Happy Birthday, Mr. Washington; you were a blessing to the United States of America.

    Raising adults is an excellent point. My advice to parents is this: grow your young adults by modeling the behavior you expect from them as adults. Emphasize the importance of integrity, principled character, a belief in a higher power, a sense of obligation to serve something greater than themselves, and a willingness to accept responsibility for mistakes and misjudgments — we all make them. If it becomes necessary to apologize, do so with genuine humility. If parents would do these things, then it won’t be necessary to create baby leftists who grow up confused about their gender, who abuse drugs and alcohol, ignore their own children, or develop into people lacking compassion.

    Excellent post, Z.

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  4. geeez2014 says:

    MUSTANG, so glad you agree on George Washington…who knew we’d live in a country where some didn’t consider him all those things we admired about him?!!
    You are so right about modeling…..my parents didn’t have to tell me much because we absorbed their behavior toward us and others. My dad would be the last off a plane if there was one old lady who needed help getting her suitcase down from the overhead bin…..He didn’t say “See how kind I was, Z?” I SAW IT. (My mother lamented it 🙂 !!)

    In contrast, my Mr. Z would jump over an old lady trying to get her baggage if we had a connecting flight in a short interval of time 🙂 HAAAAAAAAAA!! Drove me NUTS because he was normally SO kind!! But I digress….!!

    My parents had a cocktail before dinner…we girls would even dream up little ‘appetizers’ for Dad with his martini or beer! Ritz crackers with a piece of ham and cheese!!! Or Fritos and beer! Most of my sisters barely drink. I have a cocktail almost every night with some little thing to nosh on before dinner. We patterned them.

    Sadly, I’m not sure our parents ever apologized to us over anything. Looking back, I’m not sure they had to. !!!!!!
    Thanks for terrific input, Mustang.

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    Just an aside: Dad loved Fritos dipped in French’s Mustard with a beer….Try it! it’s GOOD 🙂 (not the beer, I’m not a big beer fan myself!!!!)

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  6. MAL says:

    Kids con’t come with instructions. (However, they DO come fully assembled, thank God!)
    It is a continual learning experience for everyone. And Z, not having to say you’re sorry only shows they did a good job, and knowing your parents, I’m sure its true.

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  7. MAL says:

    (We had 4 so I speak from experience)

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, thank you, they were very good parents, as you know…as were you, judging from your children and grandchildren.

    Yes, it is a ‘continual learning experience for everyone’ but I, like MUSTANG, believe that there are just common sense things…like LIVING A GOOD LIFE, honorable, kind, gracious, law-abiding, ethical, etc….which OUR parents’ parents did and which created parents like ours!
    That LEARNING EXPERIENCE is one ALL parents go through, I KNOW you’re right…but the basics ought to do it, as MUSTANG has suggested.

    You didn’t walk around saying ‘Don’t step on the grass..” “Say ‘thank you'” , “give a nice compliment to him..” YOU and JONI did those things and your kids saw it.

    But, for SURE, I’m not saying there are things we must TELL our kids, too! XXX

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW MY BRUISING, after 3 weeks, IS FINALLY DISSIPATING.
    I also want you to all know something I NEVER KNEW/

    BRUISING ITCHES WHEN IT”S HEALING…………….ZOWIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

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  10. kidme37 says:

    That seems like a long time Z. Good luck. I think eating lots of dark chocolate helps.

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  11. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, thankfully, my doc says it’s pretty common to last this long and could have been abetted by the baby aspirin I’d just started taking…..
    I can’t eat too much chocolate…my tummy HATES it. !!!
    But I DO, some evenings for dessert, have mango sorbet (always in my freezer) with a handful of a kind of granola mix AND semi sweet chocolate chips! 🙂

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  12. MAL says:

    WHAT A BUNCH OF GOODIE HOUNDS! (and I love it!)

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  13. MAL says:

    Our prayers go out for AOW and her husband. It’s certainly not a happy time for her.

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  14. geeez2014 says:

    DEFINITELY, Kid and I LOVE FOOD….we used to email a lot about it! 🙂

    Yes, our prayers are surely with AOW…..Mr. AOW has been so ill since his stroke around the time I lost Mr. Z 11 years ago…and she’s been a hero caregiver. Sadly, her dearest friend and fellow blogger (who I knew and loved, too), died very suddenly of a heart attack a year or so ago! So suddenly. And she used to spend long periods of time in VA helping AOW with Mr. AOW….
    AOW doesn’t have her anymore. I wish we could ALL be with her when Dave goes.

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  15. MAL says:

    Joni and I feel so fortunate to still have one another. I believe I mentioned a few weeks ago our Sun City put out a special valentine edition to our monthly magazine and Joni & I at 67 years are the longest living married couple in our development of over 2,000 homes.

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  16. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, you are EXTREMELY fortunate…Mr. Z and I had 19 married years…………hard.
    So nice they honored you in the monthly magazine!!

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  17. MAL says:

    Thanks, Z. They.showed a whole bunch of others, too, but the next one behind us have been married for 64 years, 3 years less than us, so it wasn’t just about us, but about everyone here.

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