Tag: Parenting

Millennial Expert

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I love the millennial generation and generation Z. I really do! They are full of energy, fun, and bright ideas. We all love it!

What we don’t like is how they come out of the womb thinking they are experts. This is not how life works. I have lived a long time and I am still not an expert on some things and neither are you.

Just because your mom thinks you are great, doesn’t really mean you totally are and that you truly know everything there is to know in the world.  See The “You Are Special Disclaimer”

Can the next generation learn to value life experience and actually do some activities to become an expert before assuming the role?

Don’t tell people how to live, vote, and make life choices when you have only read a few books, are barely out of diapers and have not registered yourself for college courses and/or made your own doctor appointments.

I know an older gentleman (age 40) who owns a coffee shop and I honestly don’t know how he kept the doors open until he hired the new generation to tell him how to run the place. God knows they have plastered their opinions of his management style all over social media.

Never mind that while he is away, they can’t make change from the register without putting 2 heads together, the creamery is always empty, and the music is at concert level rather than coffee shop level. Not to mention, they generally act like they are doing me a huge favor by showing up to take my order. The “just rolled out of bed” look is the new “professional attire” look.

I think the poor man deserves a medal of honor for trying to mentor the new generation rather than sending their expert behinds out with the trash.

Daily Prompt

The “You Are Special Disclaimer”

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Photo: pixabay.com

Let’s face it, we all think we are pretty special. If you don’t, you may have some self-esteem issues. See a therapist for this or read a self-help book. You should feel like you are special.

Your momma should have told you that you are indeed special. She should have acted like she loved you more than anyone in the world and you should have believed ,at some point in your life, that you were more beautiful, smarter, faster, cooler, more funny, and all around greater than sliced bread.

However, one of the roles of a good momma, is to give their child the “You Are Special Disclaimer”. In a world now lacking common sense, I am finding some people are not being provided the “You Are Special Disclaimer” before being sent out into the world.

Here is the “You Are Special Disclaimer”:

Dear Child,

To me, your parent, you are the most precious creature in the world. No one can hold a candle to you. Even if you wake up tomorrow with horns growing out of your head, I will still marvel at your beauty. I love to listen to your stories about your special interests in macaroni crafts, Emo bands, etc. There is nothing in the world I would rather do.

Unfortunately, dear child, you are not special to the world. The world does not appreciate, nor care, if you are late to class because you are anxious about your crafting project, or that you are allergic to apples. We can’t ask the entire school not to bring apples because only you and a handful of other children who are special to their parents are allergic to apples. The greater good must prevail.

I must share this special disclaimer with you now because as you grow into adulthood, I do not want people to suffer through your neuroses in the workplace where you think you are the only one in existence. So, I must let you know…you are special to me, but you are not special to the world.

Love,

Momma

You may start to notice people in your daily life who did not receive the “You Are Special Disclaimer”. These are the people who check out with a full load of groceries in the express lane, break in line at the movie theater, stand in front of short people at sporting events, show up late to work, and do not answer your emails at work because they are “so busy”.

People who failed to receive the disclaimer may say things like:

  • “I am not going to be in class tomorrow. Will I miss anything important?”
  • “I can’t come in and help with that work project one Saturday a year, because my family needs me.”
  • “When are we leaving for lunch? I get shaky when I don’t eat on time.”

Usually these will be stated in the presence of other, non-special, individuals.

Unfortunately, the “You Are Special Disclaimer” needs to be shared early in life, but not too early. After all, you want a child to feel special, but not be annoying to the world.

 

Song Selection Matters

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Photo: https://www.last.fm/music/AC%2FDC

Here is a snippet of the lyrics of the AC/DC song, “Shook Me All Night Long“:

She was a fast machine
She kept her motor clean
She was the best damn woman I had ever seen
She had the sightless eyes
Telling me no lies
Knockin’ me out with those American thighs
Taking more than her share
Had me fighting for air
She told me to come but I was already there
‘Cause the walls start shaking
The earth was quaking
My mind was aching
And we were making it and you

Shook me all night long
Yeah you shook me all night long

I’m thinking of having a party and I would like to invite your underage niece or daughter to come dance in a bikini for my friends and family to these lyrics. Sounds crazy right? I would like for you to come along and cheer her on. After all, you don’t want to be uncool and not be supportive. As a matter of fact, I would like for you to put this thing together and keep this in mind, “SEX SALES”. I don’t have anything to sell, but this act needs to be an attention grabber.

If I asked you this, you would probably slap my face or report me to the police. If I told you there was a 16-year-old girl dancing on a stage to this song in a bikini with a room full of 40-50 year old men you would report them to child welfare.

However, we now live in a world devoid of common sense. A world where you are minding your own business at a high school talent show and out pops a young lady performing a stripperesque routine to the lyrics above with batons in an outfit just shy of being a bikini. She is making facial expressions you would not want your daughter or niece to make in a room full of family and friends. Her family and friends did not seem to mind and were in fact heartily cheering her on. Her dear momma had choreographed.

Granddads and gentleman in the audience bowed their heads in an act of respect or perhaps reverence to the working of the baton. I had never attended this event before and I looked at the lady next to me with a shocked expression on my face to which she replied, “Oh, this is mild, at least she has on clothes this year.” While I know she was being sarcastic, I decided this was my cue to exit in case we all were busted for being part of some sort of child sex auction.

Needless to say, gone is the time a father runs from the audience, to cover his baby’s “sightless eyes” (boobs) and protect her dignity. Instead he sits with pride, side-by-side with his wife, and claps as other men ogle the sightless eyes and how fast the tassels shake without becoming tangled.

I love a good AC/DC song as much as the next person, but I had enough common sense to wait until I was in college, away from the prying eyes of my momma, daddy, teachers, family, and friends before even presenting the appearance I could do anything all night long.

So…if you would like it to appear that you too have an ounce of common sense, please look at the song selection and make sure it is both age and event appropriate. While you may not be personally bothered by your partially naked daughter dancing and baton twirling to “She told me to come but I was already there” on the stage of the local high school, the rest of us are.