What do you consider as being proper examples? When do you feel that you should be setting proper examples?
Setting examples can and should be examined in almost every step of our life and as you can guess, ‘Grumpy Gramps’ will most likely over time discuss an endless set of reminders dealing with setting proper examples.
If you have kids has it occurred to you that nearly everything you are doing is an example for those kiddos to learn from, especially when they are ages birth to ten-years old.
An example I discuss today is being willing to stay in line when there may be a long line of vehicles waiting to pick up kids after school.
Now I may be presuming that as the adult, you have set the example of not jumping around the line and cutting off those who have already been waiting just to get a better spot – though lately that presumption has been thrown out the window regarding many folks.
I pick up high school granddaughters four afternoons a week, and due to the way things are set up there is usually a line along the extended drive into the main parking area as to the minimal amount of rooms for vehicle to line up along the sidewalk in front of the school.
The entryway drive is narrow already and when you have high schoolers hot rodding from the other direction, sometimes when vehicles go around those waiting in line there is not a lot of extra room to maneuver.
Today it was cool and drizzling, so the line was extra-long of those picking up high schoolers, and yet some who arrived later than others insisted on dashing on by and cutting off those at the front of the line.
What is my point with all this – did we not want our kids to learn what it means to wait in line as a courtesy to all.
How many of those same parents who mucked up the line today would immediately reprimand their high school learning to drive if they pulled the same maneuver.
You know what folks, my grand-girls are important, but they also know the proper etiquette of lines and the rudeness that goes with running around one just to get a better spot without consideration for others.
Those who speed by, I never saw a flashing sign saying it was an emergency due to illness or death – which means if you were pushing ahead of those already patiently waiting, then you did it for just being arrogant and obviously too full of yourself or maybe your high schooler.
Just remember, that those arrogant, too full of themself teen-agers that you complain about at the stores, restuarants or driving down the street and highways – all had examples to teach them those attitudes and it usually started with the parents.
Just saying – being the example is something we all need to think about.
As for those wondering about why I call this ‘Grumpy Gramps’, it’s because I have been around the walk of life for a long while now and for those who know me, I have my thoughts and opinions which seem to spew out on occasion much to the chagrin of my wife and a few of my grandkids. When that happens, the grandkids look at me with squinted eyes and say ‘being grumpy, gramps’.
And there you have it, ‘Grumpy Gramps’ spewing in response to something I may have seen and liked or dislikes and feeling that need to ‘get it off my chest’. So maybe you can enjoy, enlighten and think about what I may have said. And if you want, feel free to respond with a comment or two and ‘Grumpy Gramps’ promises to give you some type of response. Word of caution, ‘Grumpy Gramps’ has a line that shall not be crossed regarding name calling, racism, hatred or threats and more – and if that line gets crossed, well you’ll see at that point.
Prayers, blessings and happy thoughts – ‘Grumpy Gramps’.
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