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           Friday, April 25 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterShould children be happy? (end of series)

There has been only one response from a reader on this topic, which I find surprising, considering that most of our generation (today's grandparents, for any looking in for the first time) surely must have had experiences as bad or worse than mine of being treated like cheap labor by their parents. (It sounds like I resent that, but in fact I know it was good for me.) And others could say, no doubt, that they can't relate at all with such a concept or such treatment from their parents.

The sole response was sent to the list on Friday by Sallie Covolo, remembering her years as a child growing up in a children's home environment. "When most people think of Children's Homes they think of 'Oliver,' or worse," she said. "I lived for several years in a very structured environment. It was a better way for most of us to live than what we had before we came there."

Most of us have been aware that rich people often send their children to live in boarding schools, growing up in a similarly "structured environment." And I think it's not hard to discover the motive of our parents and grandparents if and when they were hard on us. Whether it was an almost fulltime job passed off as "chores," or the withholding of approval when other adults thought we deserved it, I think it can be attributed to their fears for us. We had to know from an early age that it wouldn't be easy. Nothing came easy to them (as many of them preached to us constantly), and there was little reason to think it would be much easier for us.

Being inundated with the romantic notions of Hollywood, television, and magazines in our growing up years, such parenting was up against strong competition for our hearts and minds. And in some cases, I'm sure, the parents must have felt that made it even more imperative that they make sure we see the harder side of life in rural Pennsylvania.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Now that I'm older...
(but refuse to grow up), here's what I've discovered (second in series):

11. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few...
12. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
13. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
14. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...
15. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
16. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.
17. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
18. When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play checkers?
19. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...
20. It's not hard to meet expenses... they're everywhere.

— Sent by Mary Ann Losiewcz

Thought for today

To you, O Victor, pierced by nails on the cross, who calls out to sinners, saying: come, receive forgiveness freely—to you I unrelentingly pray, O my Savior: turn your eyes away from my lawlessness, and by your sufferings heal my sores that I may glorify your kindness.

— Saint Ephraim the Syrian, Fourth Century
Sent by Fr. Antonious Henein

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