Saturday, June 18, 2011

Nothing's Changed for the Youth of Today

I have just finished reading our local weekly newspaper, The Wanaka Sun, you can see it here, at the back are the letters to the Editor, here's one that made me smile and laugh out loud:

'A Reader has sent us this old newspaper clipping in response to a recent story about bored Wanaka youths wanting something to do:
I've been handed an old newspaper clipping which says the following:
Always we hear the cry of teenager: "What can we do?" "Where can we go?" The answer is: Go Home. Rake the leaves. Mow the lawn. Wash the car. Learn to cook. Scrub the floor. Help the Red Cross; the Salvation Army. Visit the sick. Assist the poor. Study your lessons. And when you're through, read a book. Your parents do not owe you entertainment. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities. The world does not owe you a living. you owe the world something. you owe it your time and your energy and trust so that no one will be at war or in poverty, or sick or lonely again. In plain simple language, grow up. Quit being a crybaby.'

I love it! Nothing has changed from the time this letter was first published, possibly 40+ years ago. Imagine what our world would be like if our kids grew up learning these lessons - and who better to teach them and role model these values than us, their parents.

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