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Time for a changePosted Friday, May 18, 2012, at 5:04 PM
Those who know me best, know that all my life I have loved young people. I suppose that would come from me being the oldest of eight siblings and pretty much being second mom to them. Mom says that I was always like an 'ole mother hen'. You know how mother hens are. They want their baby chicks right under their protective wings and will go to any length to gather them there.
To me, young people when they get to be twelve through their teens, have some tough times. They are too young to be adults and too old to be children. They have lots of expectations but, those teen years are confusing. Bodies are changing, hormones start acting up, and many times those things get young people in trouble if not handled properly.
Then you add the social problems of today, the peer pressure and the addictive substances so ready to grab them and suck them into their twisted, sinful, addictive natures. Yes, our young people have lots to deal with. Add to that the children left on the streets to fend for themselves-the motherless and the fatherless. We have parents who are addicts to drugs or alcohol, and the young children sometimes have to become caretakers of their addicted parents.
I'm not excusing the wrong and bad choices our young people make. I have made plenty of my own. They do however, need more heroes and heroines to look to besides the ones at large today. I know there are good role models out there, but my goodness, some of the influences on our children today appall and infuriate me!
I woke up one morning recently and Collin or I had accidentally put the television on a cartoon channel. Well, let me tell you...it is straight from the pits of hell in my book. Most of you probably already know about it and will have a good laugh at my expense. But that's okay with me. It was a pair of buttocks with a gun and holster wrapped around it. The buttocks was doing the talking and most of it was filth. This was in the form of a cartoon! I thought I was headed straight through the ceiling. If we don't get better role models than 'assy mcghee' (no caps on purpose) what else can we expect from our children?
It's time for parents, teachers, pastors, grandparents or whoever is in a position of authority, to step forward and keep a constant prayer on our lips and a watchful eye over our young people's lives. It's time for all of us to become better role models and examples to all our children. We need to make better choices ourselves as to what we watch or do or say in front of our children.
We can't just stop with our own. We must include all children, no matter who they belong to, in our prayers. We need to cover our schools daily with our prayers, including teachers, principals, staff members, bus drivers, anyone connected to our children.
Our language needs to change. The "f" word (not the one that stands for Faith) needs to be taken out of our vocabulary. I am amazed at how many adults and business people use this word in everyday conversations!
Now those of you who know me, know I am not a prude, but I just cannot believe the vulgarity these children see and hear right in their own homes. How are they supposed to know right from wrong? The old saying of parents, and I have used it myself, "Don't do as I do, but do as I say" needs to be done away with and replaced with "Thus saith the Lord."
I would like to admonish all fathers and mothers to take their rightful roll in the family and follow Joshua's example. "And if it seems evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD. (Joshua 24:15)
My heroes and heroines this week are the teenagers of our today's society. My prayers are with you daily. You can do it!
Until next time, see ya somewhere in a korner.
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Kathleen is a resident of Dexter. She was born in Indiana, but her parents moved their family back to the Dexter area when she was three. Other than three years she and her husband, Collin, lived in St. Charles, Mo. and ten years in Birmingham, Alabama, she has spent her life in Dexter. As you can tell, Kathleen is a people person and believes in giving credit to whom credit is due. Thus, the reason for her hero/heroine column every other week in Kathleen's Korner. As you can tell, she also like to have fun, most of the time at her own expense. Kathleen (Grubbs) is a 1964 graduate of Dexter High School and invites her friends to her "Korner."