“When I was your age!”

“When I was your age!”

Do you remember your grandma or grandpa or older relative saying this or something similar, to you? πŸ™‚

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‘If they ever create a behind-your-back eye roll detector, I’m in big trouble.’ -unknown

When I was little I’d hear that often, lol, and each time I’d roll my eyes (after I got back to my room of course) :).Β  I remember thinking “Yes Grandma (or Grandpa) but this is the here and now, you know, modern times…? What does that have to do with anything, now?” Oh my gosh, I bet they are laughing from beyond now, at me, because now I understand what they meant, on sooo many levels

“By the time a man realizes his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong”Β  β™‘

These days I see kids disrespect their parents on a daily basis, at the grocery store, in the local retail stores, etc., It doesn’t even surprise me anymore to hear spoiled loud and rude kids mouthing off to their parents – and that’s the saddest part. I’m so accustomed to encountering that behavior that it has become the norm instead of the exception.

There are kids who are in their teens who haven’t worked one job to actually earn any money, and have had everything handed to them their whole lives and then have the nerve to judge and discriminate others on a daily basis. It literally makes me sick.

There are kids who don’t contribute to anything or anyone, much less reciprocate to anyone who has sacrificed and given to them and probably never will either.

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I remember when I was young;
* We said please and thank you
* We helped around the house
* We cleaned and had chores
* We took care of our neighbors
* We watched adults be kind and loving and patient with each other
* We laughed, sang and partied like nobody’s business
* We gave thanks to those who gave to us
* We went out of our way to reciprocate kindness
* We respected our elders, whether we could relate to them or not πŸ™‚
* We helped our parents with daily tasks
* We talked about dreams of ‘some day…’
* We had heart-to-heart talks…
* Above all else love, kindness and RESPECT were at the forefront of #howtobe.
* Doing anything we could to make our loved ones smile was important.

In today’s world where my personal experience is encountering more conceit, arrogance, rudeness, laziness and disrespect… I am putting it mildly when I say ‘I miss the old days’. That’s actually the understatement of the millennium.

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I am soo happy to say, I get to be with some of those relatives from that era of my life. Where a simple walk on the beach, a long talk (or no words needed sometimes), laughter echoing in the air because my relatives are telling genuinely funny jokes to bring people together, not tear down others, have just been spoken, the warmth of inclusiveness and openness of just relax, pull up a chair and be yourself ambience will greet us. Smiles, humor and kindness will fill the air β™‘. I get to be with them again later today β™‘β™‘β™‘! *happy dance*

My childhood was not the easiest in reality, but the good parts, the amazing and beautiful parts were because of those relatives.

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Back when I was a youngin’ ;), I was blessed enough to be surrounded by love, teachers of Respect, kindness, guidance and laughter. We actually earned what we made. We were taught how to show appreciation and what it meant to “give back” and “pay it forward”.

I may sound like an old grandpa but quite frankly, if it’s a grandpa like I had, who busted his butt to earn his pay, paid his dues and succeeded through trials most would be surprised at and was pretty darn wise, then I’ll take it as a compliment β™‘!

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6 thoughts on ““When I was your age!”

  1. Today’s youths seem to feel a sense of entitlement. It might have to do with the family dynamic and the lack of quality time created. Kids are often forced to grow up on their own without boundaries to help teach values and ethics. This has a tendency to impede the skills and qualities needed for development and adult interaction as we mature.

    You are fortunate to recognize this situation because you will likely be in the minority that grows up with purposeful living. This creates a happier and more fulfilling life.

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  2. I can get on my high horse with a quickness about the way kids are being raised these days! Now that I am a parent – I know first hand how HARD it can be. But, at the same time I am already teaching my almost 2 year old to say please and thank you and to calm down and keep her ‘tude in check! haha!

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    • Kudos to you for teaching your two year old to say please and thank you! My friends and I were talking about this today and said it is a relief and refreshing when we actually see parents, be parents, and guide their children (or keep their ‘tudes in check πŸ™‚ ) Soo awesome and on behalf of all future people who meet your two year old, thank you also! ❀ πŸ™‚

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