WHAT YOU ARE I WAS | WHAT I AM YOU WILL BE
Excerpt from my essay "Generation Gap" in today's Panorama
In a college class I taught just recently, I had negligible cases of tardiness and absenteeism. The dean called me to her office. She said that was good, but what was even better was in that same class, I had 100 percent submission of requirements, not to mention a good rating from the students. “What’s your secret?” I was asked.
No secret, I said, except that “in that class I was the sole authority,” I said while thinking what other things I could have done right that had earned me such dutiful students.
But yes, I was the teacher, I was the adult, it was my rules.
I assumed that everyone made it to that class because they could hack what it took to be in college, one step away from being grownups, despite constant warnings from my colleagues that I shouldn’t be too harsh… “because, you know, some of them have these conditions…ADHD, for instance, or depression or some learning disability.” I might be wrong, but I thought the kids did like authority.
The kids did like it that I was firm when, as some of them asked to write their essays elsewhere, I said: No, you write it here, in this classroom. Journalists write while bombs are falling in their direction.
But yes, now the kids are like “This is our time, leave us be.” As if we have left the building and so we have no more right to say, “Didn’t they teach you how to say hello in college?” Growing up, I don’t think I ever gave myself that privilege, not that I ever felt the need for it. It was just the way things were and, being young, I understood it was I who had to adjust.
Photo 📸: Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell in the coming-of-age film "Scent of a Woman" from 1992
What would they be possibly talking about??🤔
Bro! I tell you this generation..the one with millennials and some illiterate... doesn't know to look at the whole thing all...they is to look at one incident by an individual or a group (terrorist)..and they blame the whole country...
When will they understand that life is life no matter what...the only time they show unity is when such incidents takes place..rest of the time they are busy... Fighting in the name of religion.. pissing and spitting on the roads..break rules made by government...doesn't respect women!!..
Yes the terrorist must be killed and so should be these unwanted junk of people inside the country!!
Aloha all! Here's my "Generation Gap" comic that appeared in yesterday's Hawaii Herald • Often I go to stores that display the ___ DAYS WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT and just so happens I saw a frustrated mom at the store yelling at her kids about going to "time out" so I combined both :) - it how my brain works- never know where my next idea comes from ^_^
@the_creative_journal started this conversation about parents apologizing for choices that cause long term trauma to their kids. So this post is in collaboration with these two amazing ladies @the_creative_journal and @1979mockingbird.
Why do parents need to apologize? Simple to build an honest and loving relationship with their kids. So that ten years from now, kids choose to spend time with them rather than take it as an obligation told by our religion. So as a parent you have to prioritize your relationship with your kid.
As kids, we believe that our parents decisions are wrong. The reality is that in a lot of situations they think they are right. And they are from their perspective. What they don’t realize is that they are looking and making decisions about their kids life, not their own. They don’t even realize that they are creating havoc in their kids life.
So one, you have to communicate with them. Even if they don’t agree with you, they need to know that they are causing you pain. In a lot of situations parents are completely unaware of their mistakes, let alone think about apologies.
Lastly there is never a right time to apologize. So do it before the opportunity slips through your hands like the grains of sand. Nothing, nothing holds more value than the relationship with your child. Don’t bring your ego, guilt or resentment come into it. Apologizing to your kid doesn’t mean that you are being subservient. It means that you are a human and you made a mistake.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this too. So feel free to share. Also go and check out the posts by @the_creative_journal and @1979mockingbird.
Ok, so I didn’t know what the “M” meant (“main?”), but I figured “HS” was “high school.” And, of course, “RN” is nurse, right? — So, I assume he’s telling me that he had a bad night, isn’t feeling well and is at the nurse.
MHS = Math Honor Society. RN = Right now. The thing about homework was just an FYI for me. SO: He’s at “Math Honor Society right now” — which, he explained to me AFTER he got home (when I could finally stop worrying that he was sick). I need to take a class or something. 🤦🏻♀️
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