We all know that dogs are simply content to have a bone. Imagine this pup becoming curious to know where these delicious thingies, his master gives him, are coming from. So, one evening he goes to the window and sees his master and his master's family, just sitting down to eat. On the table is this huge turkey. He watches as the family digs in, and as the meat is eaten off the bone. Distraught, the pup goes back to his little doggy house and ponders why his master has been shorting him, ALL THIS TIME. Resentment builds, and he is no longer excited when his master comes out later with that crappy bone.
Now, let's look at this from a different perspective. I had a VERY good father/daughter talk last night, with Tay. This morning, as I continued to ponder our discussion, I thought about how we, parents, should NEVER hinder our kids by only showing them the house and the neighborhoods they come up in. I know people who have never seen anything beyond their city limits, their states, their countries. The world is HUGE, and our kids MUST be given the opportunity to see as much of it as possible. If you can't afford certain things, then at least TALK to them about things that exist WELL OUTSIDE their comfort zones, let alone yours.
Imagine the resentment a child may naturally have against parents who never encourage them to excel and go way beyond the limits with which the parents are contented. Imagine the rebellion that may follow. Just like the pup above, our kids will feel that, all along, we've given them the brown end of the stick, calling it chocolate.
I thank God for the MANY road trips my parents took us on and for every opportunity afforded us to get outside of Eight Mile, outside of Alabama, outside of the Southeast, and outside of the country!! Have you ever fallen short on a promise to your kids? You go to them later on with a different offer or opportunity and they just don't seem excited to do anything with you? It sucks, but it is what it is. We have to be careful with the expectations we set for our children. If we promise them the world, at least buy them a globe. Their start lines and finish lines should never have the same coordinates!!!
THANKS MA!!! THANKS DAD!!! FOR GIVING US THE MEAT, ALONG WITH THE BONE!!!
AGAIN, HAPPY WEDNESDAY Y'ALL!!!!!!! I LOVE EVERY LAST ONE OF YA!!!!!!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams