A person ain't supposed to be envious of something someone else has..., or in this case, wrote. Obviously I've proven to you I ain't perfect, and being so, will admit I've read many articles and stories written by others where I allowed a teensy bit of envy creep into my feelings.
On the other hand, I've always believed that no matter how fast you are in a gun fight, there's always someone, somewhere, who's faster and more accurate than you. The same is true in writing..., and in parenting. When my boys were growing up, I would see other parents handle situations with their kids that caused me to take the same course of action. Of course, there were some that showed me a way I DIDN'T like.
Regardless and as a result, the following really hit a nerve with me and I believe many of you will feel the same nerve twitch a little bit. It's one of those articles that I allow a bit of envy to tickle my insides simply because I agree with it 100 percent. Please, read the following and see if you don't agree.
Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home or to listen to or see.
One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular "R" Rated movie. It had their favorite actors.
Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated "R" because of the suggestion of sex...they never really showed it. The language was pretty good...the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the whole movie. The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't too bad.
Even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed. However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the "R" rating, the father still wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a satisfactory explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No!"
A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the family's favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it was. The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop.
However, he quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb.
Even with their father's promise that the brownies were of almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted surprised. After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held firm and would not try the brownies.
The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies. Our minds are tricking us into believing that just a little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of poop makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and totally unacceptable. The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry would have us believe that most of today's movies are acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.
Now when this father's children want to do something or see something they should not, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special brownies . . . and they never ask about that activity again.
Galen White lives in Homer. His column runs weekly in the Minden Press-Herald.